Procurement Specialist

Location Manchester
Discipline: Retail Banking
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Chantal Markall

Contact email:
Job ref: 011543
Published: 11 days ago

Procurement Specialist

35k – 45k Salary dependant on experience 

Remote or hybrid working in central Manchester 


Why join our Procurement team?


2021 has been a milestone year for The Co-operative Bank, in which we have delivered against the ambitious turnaround plan set three years ago to significantly improve the financial strength and stability of the Bank.


These results demonstrate that our leading position on ethical and social matters is not only good for our communities, but also delivers strong commercial outcomes. As ethics and sustainability become increasingly important to consumers, now more than ever, there is an important role for an ethical bank like us in the market place .  


We are excited to offer an opportunity for a Procurement Specialist to join the commercial tower of our procurement team. This role will cover our commercial areas (Retail, SME, Customer Channels and People) working closely with key stakeholders across the bank and key suppliers.


You will be a specialist in Procurement, having worked in a fast paced environment with a good variety of contracts, categories and stakeholders. 

The ideal candidate will flourish in their stakeholder relationships, have a good technical procurement skillset and be keen to learn and grow with us.

This is a brilliant opportunity to have a direct impact on our bank performance. With time you will gain well-rounded knowledge of all of the banks products and services and manage key relationships with critical contracts and stakeholders across the business.


Full role profile available upon request.


As one of the smaller banks, this is an excellent opportunity for direct exposure to our key stakeholders, focused career development and a chance to be part of our growth journey in 2022.


Why work for us? 


Be a key part of our journey to become the UK’s best digital bank

Direct exposure to our key senior stakeholders

A focus on your growth and career development

Annual financial services bonus scheme

Up to 10% employer contributory pension

Flexibility, including work from home

Contemporary offices based in the heart of Manchester

27 days holiday, excluding Bank holidays, increasing to 30 days

Colleague benefits including discount scheme, life assurance, paid volunteering days, recognition scheme

Family friendly policies and supportive working environment

Colleague network groups committed to inclusion and diversity


What would we like you to have?


Excellent category management skills and ideally experience in sourcing a broad range of goods and services.

Evidence of developing and implementing category strategies either in a leading or supporting role.

Strong negotiation skills and commercial acumen, with a focus on driving cost savings for our bank

Strong negotiation and stakeholder management skills.

Management of end to end RFP processes, contract award and supplier management preferable.

Educated to degree level preferred.

CIPS qualified preferable but also working towards or interested in gaining CIPS qualification.

Experience in or an interest in working within a regulated financial services environment

Self-motivated, with an ability to manage multiple projects to tight timelines.


We are only able to consider candidates with the right to work in the UK.


We look to recruit individuals from all different backgrounds and encourage you to apply even if you don’t tick every box. We celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity and are open to discuss flexible work options to help you balance your work and home life. If you have a disability as defined by the 2010 equality act please let us know on your application.


As a reputable employer regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, all offers of employment for this role are subject to a series of background checks, including criminal (DBS) and financial checks.


Please note we may withdraw this vacancy once sufficient applications have been reached.