Sourcing Manager (Knowledge & Information)

Clifford Chance
South East England
09 Apr 2019
07 May 2019
Job Function
Recruitment Consultant
Contract Type
Full Time
Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success.

The Clifford Chance Procurement department provides best in class strategic guidance and support to the firm in regards to all external supplier interactions.

The Sourcing Manager (Knowledge & Information) is responsible for leading strategic and some tactical procurement projects and renewals with the aim of delivering efficiencies, cost savings and maximising value to the firm. This role covers the Knowledge and Information category which includes the sourcing of key legal databases, subscriptions, books and new information.

The Sourcing Manager will undertake supplier relationship management of key K&I suppliers to ensure we maximise the value we derive from them to the benefit of K&I, our fee earners and the wider firm.

This position will ensure that all appropriate risks associated with this spend category will be recorded, understood and managed.

This position is based within the London office reporting into the Senior Procurement Manager (Non-IT).

As a member of the wider Procurement team the Knowledge and Information Sourcing Manager is expected to contribute to ongoing Procurement improvement reviews and may be required to pick up additional activities outside of the category scope of this role.

The person in this role will be expected to become a Procurement subject matter expert in the Knowledge and Information category and to understand how the firms K&I teams support the wider firm.

This role may require infrequent travel to other Clifford Chance global offices but it is expected that most work will be undertaken within the London office.

To lead medium to strategic and key tactical Procurement sourcing project, end to end.

To deliver cost savings and performance improvements through commercial renewal, optimisation and negotiation.

To forge good relationships with key Knowledge & Information stakeholders within the Practice and Suppliers

To undertake Supplier Relationship Management for the K&I category.

To advise and support others on best practice regarding commercial aspects of supplier negotiations, supplier selection and act as an escalation point for managing and resolving disputes.

To undertake Procurement training for the wider firm/business.

To assist in trialling of new products or services within this category.

To build and continually review the information around databases and subscription provided to the Practice.

To provide guidance and support to other members within the team when undertaking Procurement projects.

To negotiate commercial and contract terms with suppliers.

To act as a strategic advisor to the firm for all Procurement related areas.

To own and manage some strategic relationships with the Category.

To manage and monitor compliance and adherence to the Firms procurement policies.


Ability to negotiate contract terms and mark-up agreements.

Ability to demonstrate a consistent delivery of cost savings and value add in past roles.

Ability to analyse supplier pricing and proposals.

Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.


Strong experience of leading large, complex Procurement projects from end to end.

Experience in building and implementing category strategies across some category areas.

Experience of managing and influencing difficult stakeholders and suppliers.

Experience of working and delivering within a comparable complex global firm or organization.

Experience working within a knowledge and information related category is preferential but not essential.


A good understanding of Procurement best practice, process and tools.


Qualified to degree level, MCIPS or a recognised procurement qualification is desirable.

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