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NEW: Senior Category Lead, Legal Services - Crown Commercial Services

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is one of the largest procurement organisations in Europe, employing around 700 people. We focus on driving commercial benefits, saving money for the taxpayer and harnessing government’s spend to create efficiencies for the UK economy. 

CCS manages the procurement of common goods and services on behalf of its customers and develops and implements commercial policy. CCS also provides commercial advice to departments through a strategic commercial function that reports directly into the Cabinet Office. CCS deliver savings for government, the wider public sector and ultimately taxpayers, by buying or providing access to goods and services at lower cost than customers could otherwise achieve. 

This vacancy is in the People Pillar, and specifically within the Professional Services category which comprises the sub categories of Management Consultancy and Legal Services. 

The Legal Services category operates as the centre for market expertise and development of future strategies to enable customers to deliver services and savings. The commercial vehicles provided address spend of up to £170m per annum and are to support both the wider public sector and central government.

Job description

  • Develop and maintain an in depth knowledge of the categories acting as a source of expert insight and advice. Deliver added value by having a deep understanding of the legal markets. Provide analysis of Government Procurement and Public Sector spend? 
  • Working with Government Legal Department and and other buying organisations to develop partner agreements or memorandums of understanding between two parties and to scope out a clear Strategic Relationship program that enables clarity between the parties on roles and responsibilities? 
  • Lead creation and execution of designated category/sub-category strategies. Be involved in the development of market knowledge and apply this to create a deep understanding of customer requirements in area of responsibility? 
  • Meet or exceed target of centrally managed spend through leveraged agreements? 
  • Identify and implement savings (commercial benefits), optimisation and demand management opportunities (change benefits). Assist in the mitigation of price increases impact. Identify and implement aggregation and other cost improvement initiatives. Develop and agree Benefits Methodologies for all cost improvement projects. Deliver, report and evidence all category savings. Work with suppliers, customers and colleagues to find innovative ways to deliver savings.? 
  • Make a significant contribution to the continuous improvement of the category team’s performance to customers (service, savings and spend)? 
  • Lead development and delivery of sourcing strategy in key areas, including creation of future commercial solution structure and scope, specification/statement of requirements, key performance indicators and pricing models? 
  • Build relationships of influence with senior customers. Leverage relationships to build support for and drive compliance to category strategy and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)? 
  • Develop relationships with Senior Government Policy owners to ensure CCS strategies are aligned to government policy ? 
  • Liaise with CCS Account Team leads, and other relevant CCS personnel to ensure “one CCS voice” and create sourcing strategies to deliver ‘fit for purpose’ products and solutions into the marketplace. Set targets for contract management in conjunction with Procurement Operations 
  • Lead market engagement activities to ensure supplier input into category strategy and sourcing strategy and own and drive SRM within specific category area? 
  • Manage and coordinate initiatives to develop the category at a sub-category level, coaching and guiding more junior team members? 
  • Develop a deep understanding of how technology can be used in the legal services category and influence stakeholders accordingly; developing strategies for demand management and new products? 
  • Act as a source of expert market knowledge, insight and advice to customers (internal and external)? 
  • Contribute to the development of category-specific best practice.


  • Ideally MCIPS qualified and educated to degree level, with expertise in the field of legal services category management and procurement, ideally within a complex organization. 
  • Evidence of developing category/sub-category strategies, including sourcing strategies and delivering measurable and significant commercial results including savings and other indirect benefits. 
  • Evidence of developing and managing effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels in a complex and strategic commercial environment, through effective communication, gravitas and personal impact. 
  • Experience of using and analyzing data, developing, building and managing complex pricing and evaluation models and being innovative and solution oriented in finding new ways of overcoming problems to deliver positive outcomes and solutions 
  • Experience of leading and managing teams, projects and virtual teams to deliver outstanding results and build organizational capability.

As a valued employee of the Government Commercial Organisation (GCO), you will have access to all the benefits the centre has to offer; including flexible working, generous benefits, Career Coaches, Mentors, L&D, a Commercial College, active talent management and, most importantly, access to commercial projects that will far exceed the scale and complexity on offer elsewhere in the UK. 

Please note that any move across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Things you need to know

  • Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
  • Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.
  • Selection process details
  • Indicative Timeline 

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. If you are unable to meet these time frames, please let us know in your application. 

The anticipated timetable is as follows: 

Advert Open & Close: 23/05/19 – 21/06/19 

Sift Meeting: 24th June 

Assessment Centre: 12th 15th, 22nd of July (to be held in central London – please keep the date free) 

Final Panel Interviews: W/C 29th July (to be held in London – please keep the date free) 

Anticipated Outcomes: W/C 6th August

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

  • Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
  • Working for the Civil Service
  • The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
  • We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
  • The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Name : Trish Etchells
Email :

Further information

Category Manager Claims (Location: Armonk, NY or Kansas City, MO) 

About Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. It is organized into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group’s overall mission.

About The Role
Are you seeking a fantastic development opportunity to take your career to the next level within a forward-thinking Global Sourcing Team?

We are looking for an ambitious, experienced Category Manager for Claims Legal Services. Reporting to the Head of Claims Legal Sourcing your position is fully accountable for leading sourcing service delivery for law firms, discovery, litigation support, third party administrators/TPA, independent adjusters, repair solutions, other experts at Swiss Re and responsible for delivery of high quality and cost-effective services and innovation from the Vendors in the sub-category.

When leading sourcing projects, you will specify and collate demand as well as execute on vendor management activities. Developing service levels and quality processes will ensure efficient service delivery that meets or exceeds partner expectations. Adopting a risk-based focus you will ensure compliance with our Sourcing practices and procedures.

You will jointly develop category plans with your internal partners. By bringing insightful market intelligence market trends / analysis, you will implement the agreed strategy for your sub-category.

Taking the ownership for this Sourcing sub-category, you will be recognized as the advisory lead for our partners across Swiss Re.

About The Team
The Claims Legal Sourcing Category team operates as a member of the Professional & HR Services Category team as part of the broader Global Sourcing Organization.  Global Sourcing leverages market knowledge and relationships to provide competitive, innovative and sustainable vendor solutions.

In This Role, We Will Expect You To

  • Build and execute Claims Legal Services Strategies and Plans, using resources from our global network of sourcing professionals as required. understand supply markets and business demand, create a strategic vendor base to deliver services, supply market intelligence and demand
  • Actively collate and interpret data from multiple sources to provide valuable insights and advice to your partners
  • Be responsible for the bottom-up aggregation of all Claims Legal Services data across divisions and countries to inform the top-down goal setting process, reconciling the "gaps" between bottom-up and top-down goals and identifying initiatives required to close any such disparities
  • Be accountable for the delivery of annual claims legal financial savings goals
  • Project lead or support Sourcing Programs as required
  • Negotiate and execute major commercial and contractual terms and conditions with global vendors
  • Seek and deliver continual improvement in your sub-category
  • execute and apply vendor management in the Claims Legal category, aligned to the vendor relationship and management framework
  • Monitor compliance and enforce Sourcing policies and procedures, incl. review of major contracts for the Claims Legal category, provide advice on right contracting and route-to-pay, including supervision of the claims legal expense billing infrastructure used to process and review payments


About You

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in law, business administration, finance or a scientific or technical field. We have a strong preference for CIPS or similar professional qualification
  • You have excellent command over English language, other language is desirable
  • Ideally, you have ten (10) years of relevant experience in claims or legal operations/sourcing with preference for insurance, re-insurance or financial services industry. Claims and TPA experience is a strong plus working across multiple jurisdictions on high value contracts.
  • You are a credible expert, highly experienced in category, demand and vendor management.
  • You possess well-developed communication skills (written and verbal) with an ability to quickly establish trusted partner status.
  • You possess very strong data analysis skills (collation, interpretation and insightful use of data)
  • You have highly experienced and refined skills in defining and executing Category Strategies and associated Plans
  • With your strong focus on customer and excellent advisory skills, you are able to effectively cooperate with internal customers and external suppliers
  • You demonstrate behaviors consistent with Swiss Re imperatives facilitating consistent performance and continuous improvement

The Company is an equal opportunity employer. It is the practice of the Company to recruit, hire and promote without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, pregnancy, sexual orientations, marital status, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Decisions on employment are solely based on an individual's qualifications for the position being filled.

During the recruitment process, reasonable accommodations for disabilities are available upon request. If contacted for an interview, please inform the Recruiter/HR Professional of the accommodation needed.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online.

XCEL ENERGY - Outside Legal Services Manager

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow?  A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for. 

Position Summary

Responsible for driving outside counsel utilization strategy by providing oversight, negotiation, and analysis related to hiring third party legal services providers. Ensure company pays competitive rates and right sizes legal services obtained through third party providers. Responsible for implementing best practices around retaining outside counsel, experts, and any other vendor providing services to the Legal department. Negotiates rates and arrangements, enforces requirements, and conducts requests for proposals (RFPs). Leads team responsible for related billing.

Essential Responsibilities
  • Participates in decision making process to obtain third party vendors for legal services. This includes front end negotiations, ensuring proper use of third party resources, invoice review and Outside Counsel Requirement enforcement. Works with internal and external partners to resolve billing disputes and issues.
  • Supervise and direct Legal Billing Coordinators, ensuring effective workload balancing, formulating and documenting processes and procedures that promote efficient and quality billing support within Legal.
  • Prepare RFPs and negotiate contracts with all legal service providers. Develop comparison of costs and performance. Negotiate caps and volume discounts. Ensure that projects undertaken by all vendors are properly organized to be appropriate and cost-effective, ongoing monitoring of projects. Maintain project status reports.
  • Utilize department technology to inform staffing decision for matter based on matter risk and complexity level. Use reporting to show department is optimizing use of external legal service providers commensurate to risk and complexity profiles of our matters.
  • Support General Counsel's efforts of continuous improvement through leading special projects, identifying process improvements that realize cost or time savings, and simplifying existing processes.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
  • Law degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years related experience.
  • Experience evaluating and negotiating outsourced legal services.
  • Proven ability to influence without direct authority and build positive relationships with key external and internal stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience creating documented standards, processes and workflows.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Prefer experience with legal technology, such as ebilling and matter management systems.
  • Prior leadership, talent management, and billing experience preferred.
Location: MN - Minneapolis

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online.

NEW: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO - Global Sourcing Manager, Professional Services

Responsible for the execution of global category “Sourcing to Contract” specifically:

  • Source to contract for Legal Services (sourcing plan, tender, negotiate and contract)
  • Spend and compliance reporting
  • Commercial risk management
  • Contract Management

Principal Accountabilities

  • Responsible for execution of sourcing strategies
  • Lead global and geographic sourcing plans and execution - liaise with Geographic Head of Procurement and Procurement Business Managers to align and validate plans with end market
  • Lead global and geographic contract negotiations
  • Lead global and geographic supplier management and drive geographic continuous improvement initiatives with suppliers
  • Support local sourcing activities, where required
  • To ensure the category sourcing and contract (s) meet the business requirements through the execution of the strategic sourcing process.
  • To apply global standards, policies, standards and platforms and to deliver robust terms and conditions that manages BAT’s service delivery and commercial risk.
  • To drive and facilitate “source to contract” for specific categories. This includes the resolution of any contracts related issues and may include one-off spend items.
  • To ensure contracts are completed for all relevant agreements and that SLA’s (Service Level Agreements) have been agreed with the relevant business owner.
  • To manage negotiation and supplier selection within the framework of the category strategies and sourcing strategies.
  • To apply the agreed global policies, standards and platforms.
  • To capture and report on compliance using the agreed compliance platform and escalate through relevant route
  • Provide forecasts on prices and market changes as an input into planning where appropriate.
  • Provide information on negotiation results (all specs/grades, clear duration, validity for orders or deliveries) in a timely manner to the Category Managers.
  • To own commercial supply base management building strong internal and external business relationships to ensure the delivery of the category goals.
  • To facilitate the creation of supplier SLA’s and performance check-points. Manage and resolve contractual performance issues and escalate where required.
  • To identify new products and services that may impact on sourcing execution and escalate to the Category Manager.
  • To review and update sourcing plans on a periodic basis in alignment with the release of new updated category strategies. 

Experience & Knowledge

  • Excellent experience developing and executing Legal Services strategies.
  • Experienced procurement professional with extensive experience of delivering change whilst still acting in a collaborative and positive way.
  • A depth experience working in Professional Services category, specifically Legal Services.
  • Comfortable interacting with and influencing senior leadership up to Board Level.
  • Experience in Procurement Transformation.
  • Detailed knowledge of supply market, supplier capabilities and competitor activity, and expected trends at a geographic / global level.
  • Proven capability of applying supplier management techniques to deliver added value benefits in addition to contracted benefits.
  • Experience in successful development of complex, multi-country contracts and agreements.
  • Detailed understanding of financial evaluation and interpretation of supplier’s records and their key cost and business drivers.
  • Full understanding of the category total cost model, cost drivers and all factors needed to ensure a robust agreement for BAT (including specification and testing requirements).
  • Experience in managing complex global projects and programmes to improve performance and deliver service.
  • Sound knowledge of corporate regulations and legislation to ensure the creation of effective group contracts.
  • Experience of sourcing at an above market / geographic level for a period of 5 years minimum.
  • Understands the dynamics of sourcing management at a global level.


  • Uses a consultative approach to Procurement activities, capable of managing resistance.
  • High level of commercial awareness.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven negotiation skills and influencing skills: able to influence business partners and suppliers as well as the ability to be assertive if required to ensure compliance to contract.
  • Strong numerical ability.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships working across geographic boundaries.
  • A focus on service delivery and savings.

Location: London

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online.