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Senior Supplier Manager - ESG & Risk (9 month FTC)

OVO Energy
London, Bristol or Glasgow
Up to £67,000
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Specialist Area
Operations, Supply chain
Job Level
Contract Type
Interim, contract and temporary
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Job Details

Team: Supplier Management, Finance 

Salary banding: Up to £67,000

Experience: Experienced

Working pattern: Full-Time / 9 Month Fixed Term Contract 

Reporting to: Clare Rozario - Head of Supplier Management

Sponsorship: Unfortunately we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.

This role in 3 words: Commercial, Value-Driven, Risk

Top 3 qualities for this role: Influence, Collaboration, Communication


In the words of the team, you should leave your current role for this one because….

“OVO is such a cool place to work! Fabulous people and phenomenal hubs across the country that drive collaboration and team working. The culture truly puts its people at the heart of everything we do. It’s a fantastic opportunity to shape and build the new Supplier Management function & provide industry leading support to OVO's strategic suppliers. You can also make a massive impact on OVO’s path to Plan Zero by supporting our sustainability agenda and getting involved in purpose led initiatives. I really feel that our work adds value, makes a difference and contributes to our overall mission.”


Where you’ll work:

At OVO, we understand that a one size fits all approach doesn’t work for everyone. That’s why we created the OVO Way of Flexibility.

All our roles are hub based (Bristol, Glasgow or London), providing a dedicated space for collaboration, connection and teamwork. You’ll also have the flexibility to work from home.

Everyone belongs at OVO

At OVO, we are on a mission to solve one of humanity's biggest challenges, the climate crisis. And we know it takes all of us to change the world. That's why we need diverse people from all abilities, gender identities, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, life experiences and backgrounds to join us.

Teamworking for the planet

Everything we do here spins around Plan Zero. So, naturally, the team you’ll be joining plays a gigantic role in making that happen. Here’s how:

If you’re a Senior Supplier Manager with risk, controls and ESG experience,  we’d love to hear from you!  We’re looking for a phenomenal communicator with superb communication skills. You’ll have excellent leadership and operational change skills required to support OVO's growth objectives, including new, greener energy options which could bring  sophisticated supply chains, exposing us to unknown risks and markets. This role is critical to enhance levels of internal controls. You’ll be an empathetic but tenacious negotiator who knows the right approach in a range of circumstances. Another key result is driving value through our strategic and critical supplier contracts. You will be experienced in handling contracts, contract change and delivering value opportunities.

This role in a nutshell:

Reporting to the Head of Supplier Management, you'll be working as part of the centralised supplier management team.  As a senior Supplier Manager you'll be accountable for maturing levels of supplier controls to reduce risk and support our teams in driving value and maximising improvement opportunities from OVO suppliers. You'll play a key role in embedding the new supplier resilience and ESG framework into every day working practices across the organisation whilst leading with post contract management of OVOs strategic suppliers that are vital in helping OVO to achieve its goal to power human progress with clean affordable energy for everyone.  No two days will be the same in this dynamic environment and you can make a real difference in a way that we grow our partnerships.

Your key outcomes will be:

  • Accountability for and management of OVOs Supply Chain Resilience/Controls Strategy and Framework
  • Lead on OVOs Sustainable Procurement Strategy and maintain a framework to improve ESG governance, drive and refine supplier controls and progress OVOs Plan Zero agenda with suppliers
  • Monitor day to day contract performance from suppliers to ensure contractual protection from OVOs strategic suppliers to reduce value leakage, mitigate risks and collect service credits for any non performance.
  • Capitalise and takes the lead on opportunities to enhance Supplier Management governance, systems and data. Challenge with fresh thinking and play a key role in driving improvements of OVO Procurement & Supplier Management enablers.
  • Contribute towards the development of a Supplier Management tool that will automate monthly and quarterly business reviews to enhance both business and suppliers experiences whilst optimising resource requirements
  • Support and produce data and regular leadership briefings articulating performance and risks of OVOs Operations suppliers, lead regular business reviews with accountable execs and strategic suppliers to review performance, drive value, encourage innovation and explore joint (I.e Go To Market) opportunities.
  • Create and maintain a Supplier Risk Register tooling and Dashboard with a view across all partner functions per supplier and per risk. Report and interrogate data. 
  • Report against internal and external metrics and regulations including the impact on OVOs business objectives.
  • Lead on in-life contract variations and changes to commercial terms
  • Drive the value proposition during the life cycle of the contract, looking at new opportunities to drive cost efficiency and recovering service credits/rebates in good time.

Ideally you'll have:

  • CIPS/MCIPS or CCMA qualified in a senior supplier/contract management role, risk management and supplier resilience roles
  • Experience in leading and developing risk management approaches in a sophisticated organisation
  • Familiar with managing and measuring sustainability performance 
  • The ability to effectively source and manipulate data, turning it into important outputs
  • Strong emotional intelligence
  • Comprehensive experience across all relevant procurement categories (hardware, cloud computing, data,  software and professional services)
  • Comfortable proposing, initiating and implementing change in a constantly evolving environment
  • Great presentation skills
  • Excited about forming relationships,
  • Confident in negotiation, facilitation and conflict resolution
  • In-depth understanding of all aspects of contract management including contract terms and conditions, in-life variations, negotiations and contract law.
  • Experience in delivering cost efficiency, process improvements and additional benefits
  • Experience dealing with ambiguity, embracing change and decision making with confidence

You’ll be a successful Senior Supplier Manager for ESG & Risk at OVO if you…

  • Are commercially savvy with strong problem-solving skills and have an analytical approach
  • Confidence in influencing the agenda and driving outcomes with senior partners 
  • Being a positive and proactive problem solver who can handle both planned and reactive requirements simultaneously.
  • Dealing with ambiguity, embracing change and decision making with confidence

Let’s talk about what’s in it for you

We’ll pay you up to £67,000, depending on your specific skills and experience. If your expectations are a little different, have a chat with us!

We keep our pay ranges broad on purpose to give us, and you, flexibility to match your experience to our zero carbon mission.

You’ll be eligible for an on-target bonus of 15%. We have one OVO bonus plan that focuses on the collective performance of our people to deliver our Plan Zero goal. 

We also offer plenty of green benefits and progressive policies to help you feel like you belong at OVO…and there’s flex pay.  It’s an extra 9% of your salary on top of your core pay to use as you like. You can take it as cash, add to your pension, or choose to spend it on a huge range of flex benefits. 

Here’s a taster of what’s on offer: 

For starters, you’ll get 34 days of holiday (including bank holidays). 

For your health
With benefits like a healthcare cash plan or private medical insurance depending on your career level, critical illness cover, life assurance, health assessments, and more

For your wellbeing
With gym membership, gadget, travel and cyber insurance, workplace ISA, will writing services, DNA testing, dental insurance, and more 

For your lifestyle 
With extra holiday buying, discount dining, culture cards, tech loans, and supporting your favourite charities with give-as-you-earn donations

For your home  
Get up to £300 off any OVO Energy plan (when you pay by Direct Debit), plus personal carbon offsetting and great discounts on smart thermostats and EV chargers

For your commute 
Nab a great deal on ultra-low emission car leasingplus our cycle to work scheme and public transport season ticket loans 

Want to hear about our full range of flexible benefits and progressive people policies? Our People Team can tell you everything you need to know.

For your Belonging

To find better ways to support our people, we need to listen to each other’s experiences and find ways to build a truly inclusive and diverse workplace. As part of this, we have 8 Belonging Networks at OVO. Led by our people, for our people - so when you join OVO, you can play a part - big or small - with any of the Networks. It's up to you.

Oh, and one last thing...

We’d be thrilled if you tick off all our boxes yet we also believe it’s just as important we tick off all of yours. And if you think you have most of what we’re looking for but not every single thing, go ahead and hit apply. We’d still love to hear from you! If you have any additional requirements, there’s a space to let us know on the application form; we want to make the process as easy and comfortable for you as possible.


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