EY Global Procurement Talent CoE Lead - UK based in United States

Global Procurement Talent CoE Lead - UK based

Core Business Services

Requisition # GLO000OZ

Post Date Jul 19, 2018

From its decentralized beginning in 2010, EY Procurement has grown in to a global team with approximately 400 professionals in over 30 countries, of which 125 are based in India and Argentina as part of our shared services locations, and with US$8.0 billion of spend under management. Over the years, our Procurement professionals have become trusted business advisors who are connected and responsive and who bring insights to support EY’s ambition of becoming the best brand by 2020.

We believe that value delivery comes in many different forms. Not only do we focus on cost reduction but equally on delivering brand value – innovation, people engagement, stakeholder and end-user experience, risk mitigation, and top line revenue growth – to name but a few. As for innovation, it is a key part of our strategy and culture, and all our teams focus on how to bring innovation to EY from automating the processes they manage to introducing innovative approaches to our sourcing strategies.

In recent years, Procurement has also set its sights on developing EY’s Diversity & Inclusive (D&I) Procurement program. We actively identify, develop and do business with diverse suppliers as an integral component of our strategic sourcing and procurement activities.

The Procurement organization consists of four global categories - Technology Sourcing, Travel Services, Meetings & Events, Real Estate and Products & Services.

Job Title: Global Procurement Talent - CoE Lead/Core Team Lead

Job Rank: Associate Director

Function: Procurement

Sub Function: Global Procurement Talent

Scope: Global

Position Summary:

EY’s global Procurement function supports EY’s purpose of Building a Better Working World by driving brand and quantitative value through distinctive projects that deliver measurable market impact. EY’s Vision 2020 sets an ambitious target to become a $50b distinctive professional services firm and includes having the ‘best’ brand, being the most favored employer in the market and being the #1 or #2 in market share in our chosen services by 2020.

The Global Procurement Talent team is responsible for $ 1.8B third party spend and an essential contributor to meet and exceed the overall ambitions for EY.

The Global Procurement Talent Center of Excellence (CoE) Lead plays a central role in

  1. driving top line revenue grow with commensurate Indirect Cost reduction

  2. supporting the transformation of the functional business areas and

  3. driving innovation by creating, cumulating and sharing global knowledge and build a sophisticated global supplier network

The reporting line will be to the Global Leader for Talent Acquisition or to one of the Global CoE Leaders. The holder of the role will be responsible for procurement strategy, sourcing execution, and senior stakeholder engagement on a Partner/Director level for selected programs/projects across the Talent portfolio. A typical area of responsibility will be in the areas of, but not limited to, permanent recruiting, candidate assessment, background screening, contingent workforce or consultancy and will include a spend of $100-250M and a team with direct or indirect leadership of 2-8 team members

The role will:

  1. be responsible for designing and implementing global and cross regional category sourcing programs across the Talent portfolio

  2. manage a portfolio of strategic suppliers globally through an innovative SRM program and in collaboration with the business leads and relevant stakeholders.

  3. actively participate in relevant industry discussions to promote and exchange best practice with peers in non-competing industries

  4. work closely with Stakeholders within Talent and key senior business partners including Market Leaders and risk management and to co-develop and support the overall business strategy

  5. actively develop and promote the use of innovative solutions such as robotics, analytics and other online digital business solutions.

Essential Functions of the Job:

SME & strategy responsibilities (lead or significantly contribute to):

  • Lead / significantly contribute to the CoE’s purpose

  • Build and maintain the CoE Team.

  • Develop category strategy (short/long term).

  • Maintain CoE SharePoint site including folders on team, category strategy plan, value delivery, knowledge bank, tools & templates, and pipeline.

  • Coordinate, gather, develop, and share subject matter expertise through the various channels.

  • Share newsletters on SME & strategy, execution, stakeholders, innovation, and celebrate success.

  • Host quarterly Procurement calls for Q&A’s.

  • Develop stakeholder and supplier relationships.

Execution responsibilities (lead or significantly contribute to):

  • Develop and maintain a global pipeline.

  • Review and deliver cross-region opportunities incl. MSAs.

  • Ensure alignment on support levels with other Category and/or Regional Leaders.

  • Execute and review COE transactions and actively deliver brand and quantitative value.

  • Ensure alignment on support levels with Regional Leaders and sourcing professionals.

  • Execute transactions based on set support levels (i.e. fully owned, high, medium, or low) across the globe.

Knowledge, Competency and Skill Requirements:

  • Significant years of Procurement experience, including but not limited to sourcing and demand management, covering all areas of Talent/HR spend

  • Strong business acumen and ability to link business needs to sourcing strategies

  • Build rapport efficiently, connects and expand network and promote teaming and consensus

  • Proposes credible options, influences appropriately and reaches resolution with senior leaders

  • Demonstrate effective decision-making and maturity that enhance interactions

  • Adapt to the styles and cultural differences

  • Strong skills in planning including research and insights, business strategy, sourcing and analytics

  • Assert own ideas and persuade others; gain support and commitment from others; mobilize people to take action; use creative approaches to motivate others to meet the strategic goals of Talent Procurement ; engage with leaders effectively to gain sponsorship for activities

  • Dynamic personality who is passionate about Talent Acquisition & Talent Management Procurement, has exciting visions for the future and the ability to deliver.

Other Requirements:

  • Ideally London based due to proximity to core procurement stakeholder relationships

  • Flexibility to travel up to 30-50% for strategic planning, stakeholder meetings, people management, project coordination and implementation

Job Requirements:


  • University degree in Business, Engineering, Human Resources or related field


  • Extensive experience in direct or indirect management of global teams and senior stakeholders (references will be required)

  • To demonstrate a track record of defining and delivering Procurement strategies in the area of Talent Acquisition & Talent Management services such as, but not limited to, permanent recruiting, candidate assessment, background screening, contingent workforce or consultancy

  • Substantial experience of working in global and complex matrix organization and liaising with different cultures

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in fluent business English.