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Pearson Professional Services Category Lead in Hoboken, New Jersey

Professional Services Category Lead


Global Procurement

Professional Services Category Lead


Summary Description of Role

The Professional Services Procurement Category Lead shall be responsible for ensuring that Pearson maximises value from all non-IT professional services spend across the Group whilst minimising risk. The individual will build strong, trusted relationships with internal stakeholders and lead a team of global procurement professionals to help the business deliver on both its’ tactical and strategic directives.


The Professional Services Category Lead shall be responsible for the management and coordination of c. £100m per annum in third party spend across Consulting, Finance, Legal, and Treasury. The Lead shall be responsible for stakeholder management, category management, sourcing, supplier relationship management and establishing guided buying channels enabling users to quickly and efficiently order from preferred suppliers.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Establish category plans, preferred supplier lists, execute sourcing strategies, manage risk, drive innovation and manage key suppliers

  • Develop and execute a robust stakeholder management strategy - translating business priorities into sourcing initiatives that deliver agreed outcomes

  • Utilise spend analytics to prioritise initiatives and proactively recommend strategies for maximising value

  • Deliver measurable savings against agreed targets

  • Work in collaboration with the extended team to drive function wide objectives – including enabling guided buying channels

  • In conjunction with legal, ensure sourcing contracts protect Pearsons interests and drive robust risk strategies whilst promoting sustainability and diversity

  • Approve all indirect third party spend above agreed thresholds

  • Establish and utilise network to keep abreast of industry best practice and drive innovation

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  • 10 years relevant experience

  • Able to influence externally at SVP level and internally to at least VP

  • Articulate with strong communication, people, and leadership skills

  • Experience of leading both virtual and physical global teams

  • Ability to lead by influence rather than authority when necessary

  • Strong problem solving and change management ability

  • Evidence of managing strategic relationships and negotiating complex, high value third party agreements

  • Natural ability to interact positively with all internal stakeholders across cultures, countries, and professional disciplines

  • Able to maintain impartiality and drive business outcomes

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Other Locations US-NJ-Hoboken, US-NC-Durham

Work Locations: GB-London-80 Strand 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL

Job: Supply Chain

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 26, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1914871

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.