Deputy Manager House Stationery
January 2014 — Present
Promoted to Deputy Manager in Jan 2014 having proven my ability to collaborate and engage different areas of the business to streamline processes.
Control a combined annual budget of £1.6M across all consumable lines for the whole store and department led purchases. Items included in this spend: All carrier bags; luxury paper and plastic, all dispatch packaging for the store and .com, all point of sale packaging, in-house stationery items and print.
Manage the Expense Category with key focus on strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, contract management, performance and risk management.
Maintain strong relationships with all areas of the supply chain, product development and suppliers.
Monthly benchmarking for quality and cost of key lines within categories, whilst maintaining ethical guidelines
Manage procurement reporting and analysis of information for category.
Tender prices with existing and new supplier base to maximise savings and profit margin.
Sourced and negotiated new items quickly; building a rapport with suppliers and familiarising myself with all aspects of their business is crucial to all areas of the supply chain.
Ensure I have a thorough understanding of all products, which could facilitate negotiations.
Manage implementation of procurement change initiatives within category to improve business performance.
Manage my team ensuring, I motivate and inspire them to deliver their best performance whilst I also carry out appraisals at regular intervals to help them progress towards goals set
Developed a critical path document to be used by stakeholders for all new projects ensuring transparency over timelines.
Collaborating with our IT department to create a transaction to use within SAP software to enable the department to have extensive financial visibility which is currently lacking.
Negotiated and persuaded different parts of the business to utilise aged stock which facilitated in warehouse areas being transformed to retail space.