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The Works



Why The Works?

We don't just sell products. We inspire reading, learning, creativity and play.

You sell the paint that turns someone into an artist. You provide the book that unleashes an inner author. You supply the games that help bring families together. You give someone the puzzle book that reconnects someone with a late family member's memory.You never know who someone will become. So with your passion, and our products, you will help ignite the spark in helping people unleash their creativity, find new passions, hobbies, or rekindle fond memories.The unseen possibilities are limitless, and it all starts with you.

Become a Sourcing Manager

We're looking for an experienced Manager to join the Commercial team at The Works. This is a new and exciting role within the team where you will be able to lead and take ownership for implementing new ways of working both internally across the trading teams and externally within our supplier base. Working closely with design, buying, merchandising, supply chain and quality teams you will be responsible for driving and co-ordinating our key supplier relationships, supplier assessment, supplier strategy and supplier engagement. Reporting to Head of Quality Assurance & Sourcing you will be an integral part of the team to drive our business and commercial strategy forward maximising efficiencies in how we operate and end to end management of our key partners.

Your Mission

  • Lead & own sourcing base & supplier management end to end with a clear process to assess our supplier base and drive key partnerships.
  • Evaluate supplier performance, to ensure that they meet the company's needs and expectations.
  • Working with Tech Services develop a functional / interactive supplier database to capture all our supplier details and data.
  • Develop & manage a supplier scorecard process and embed within the trading teams for us to be able to assess our supplier base objectively.
  • Identify supplier rationalisation opportunities to cut the tail and become bigger and more important with fewer suppliers.
  • Develop & manage an onboarding process for new suppliers and exit process to manage annual supplier numbers.
  • Develop & implement a supplier forecasting plan with the trading teams.
  • Evolve "Key partner Top 20 process" rhythm & routine with targeted growth & return.
  • Be involved in the ethical audit process with Verisio, our dedicated 3rd party ethical compliance partner.
  • Management of supplier T&C's, including payment terms, defect rates and rebates.
  • Work with Procurement Manager and Buying teams to set a de-risked sourcing policy.
  • Develop supplier communication tools and engagement plan.
  • Manage supplier communications and conferences.

Skills/Behaviours That Will Set You Apart

  • Passionate - in everything you do - a positive attitude, motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Team Player - a collaborative team member who enjoys building and developing relationships with people at all levels, keeping key people involved and updated.
  • Highly organised - you can prioritise your workload, set expectations and work to deadlines.
  • Time Management - ability to manage multiple priorities & deadlines effectively, balancing the creation and delivery of key tasks.
  • Commercial mindset - proven ability to meet targets whilst delivering return on investment.
  • Strong communicator - both written and verbal. Good networker with the confidence to influence and engage at all levels regardless of the method of communication.
  • Analytical - Enjoy working with data, interpreting information, and making decisions based on facts.
  • Innovative thinking - an entrepreneurial attitude and way of thinking, you can 'think outside the box' and are always looking for the next opportunity.
  • Customer focus - you put the customer at the centre of everything you do.
  • Problem solving - you proactively identify issues and their causes, with proposed realistic solutions.
  • Personal effectiveness - great attention to detail and able to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Being a great leader

As a great leader with wonderful people skills, you'll create a team that's more than just co-workers - it's a team.

  • Inspire and motivate your team in line with our employer brand, values, behaviours and purpose.
  • Work cross-functionally and collaboratively with other departments.
  • If something's not quite right, speak up so we can work together to get it right or make it better! - Nobody is too proud for constructive feedback so we all win together!
  • But let's not forget about the most important part your team's well-being and aspirations. You'll be their biggest supporter, cheering them on. You'll have amazing everyday conversations with your team, discussing everything from their performance to their wildest career aspirations.

Our PERKS really are 'The Works'

  • 25% Colleague Discount! - Plus, exclusive Double Discount days!
  • MyWorks - Access exclusive online discounts across hundreds of retailers, holidays, utilities deals, tech and more!
  • Holiday - 33 days including bank holidays.
  • Holiday Purchase - Purchase an additional 5 days
  • Can-Do Academy - Grow your skills and career with instant access to further training and development in areas that interest you.
  • Wagestream - Claim early access to 50% of your wages as you earn them - for when 'life' happens!
  • Share Scheme - Unleash your inner Monopoly mogul and own a piece of The Works!
  • 24/7 support for you and your family - Through our partnership with the Retail Trust who provide an Employee Assistance Programme and so much more!
  • Healthcare Cash Plan - To support your everyday healthcare costs
  • And loads more! - Long Service Awards, pension, life assurance, Cycle to Work and optional charity giving.

Our Purpose

To inspire reading. learning, creativity and play - making lives more fulfilled.

Our Values

We are Crafty We are Caring We are Can-do

We Listen. We Care

Each year, we run an anonymous colleague engagement survey. This is so important for us to hear your feedback and su
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