Company: The Weir Group PLC
Location: Glasgow G2


Glasgow G2

Company Profile:

  • Weir has been in business since 1871 and our sustainability and success has been built on attracting, retaining, and developing exceptional people.

As a global company, employing around 15,000 people in over 70 countries, we reflect the diversity of our customers in the diversity of our people and ensure everyone is given the opportunity to flourish regardless of their gender, race, beliefs or background.

Weir is an inclusive and innovative organisation where you can be your authentic self. We continually develop our talent and diversity of thought to keep our business relevant, innovative and successful for the future.

Enabling our people to unleash their full potential is central to ‘We are Weir’, our vision, mission, and strategic priorities. We aim to be the most admired engineering business in our markets and we’ll achieve that ambition by being the employer of choice in our markets.

We offer a wide range of career opportunities across a variety of technical and business roles in engineering, manufacturing and service locations worldwide.

Business Need / Purpose of Role:

The ambition for the transformation of IT within Weir is significant and will be Group wide, addressing such diverse challenges as culture change, organisational redesign, development of new service delivery models and improved end to end processes. Building a team that can deliver both the strategic objectives and close engagement with Executive and cross Divisional Business Stakeholders will be key.

A core part of delivering a new IT operating model across the global function is the development of an IT sourcing strategy and the procurement of strategic services and tools at the heart of the new operating model.

The Head of IT Procurement will create and implement a global sourcing strategy which will improve supplier performance and commercial competitiveness. Establishing supplier relationship management across the enterprise and developing relationships with our strategic suppliers will be key enablers to improve performance and enable innovation and efficiency.

The role reports to the Global IT Services Director and will work across the organisation to lead and facilitate the execution of the IT sourcing strategy. The role will also matrix manage divisional roles which will support the implementation of strategic objectives. As the role is based in Head Office where the Group functions are located this role will also carry out procurement requirements for these functions – typically professional services for HR, finance and Legal.

Objectives & Measurement – Key Responsibilities:


  • Lead the development and deployment of the Global IT Sourcing strategy.
  • Implement a robust Supplier Relationship Management process to maximise the value derived from key suppliers.
  • Support the global IT team in the procurement of required goods and services.
  • Carry out procurement tasks as required for the various head office functions which may include but shall not be limited to; supplier identification, due diligence checks, managing procurement process such as RFI’s, RfP’s and RfQ’s, complete contract reviews in collaboration with Legal, lead negotiations with suppliers on commercial terms, etc.
  • Work closely with Weir divisional and site-based teams as required
  • Monitor and report supplier performance against agreed KPI’s as part of the SRM process to be implemented by the successful candidate.
  • Identify and work closely with internal stakeholders.

  • Initiate and deliver agreed best cost solutions on sourcing projects
  • Establish relationships with key contacts across Weir’s Global operations demonstrating professionalism and best practice
  • Delivery of best value solutions which take cognizance of not just cost savings.
  • Increasing the amount of IT spend under control and under contract.

Job Knowledge / Education and Qualifications:

Education and/or Experience:

  • Experience in managing multiple projects. Ability to manage workload and deliver results to agreed milestones.
  • A track record of successfully managing internal stakeholders
  • Experienced and comfortable in working in a “matrix style” operational environment
  • Industry knowledge not essential, but previous IT sourcing knowledge would be advantageous. Best practice company background is also important.
  • Degree qualified with business experience demonstrating in depth prior knowledge of Procurement.
  • Prior experience of working on projects across multiple international geographies.
  • Working within a global organization advantageous.
  • MCIPS accreditation
  • Professional Services procurement experience advantageous

Communication Skills:

Good communicator with the ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations to team colleagues

Excellent report writing skills and able to compile comprehensive technical / analytical reports as required

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Computer Skills:

Accomplished user and experience in Microsoft office – including Excel, PowerPoint and MS Project.

Physical Demands:

Ability to travel to locations such as USA, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia and South America is required.

Work Environment:

Typically, the work environment will be moderate, working in a business office environment with computers, printers and other standard office equipment.

Core Competencies:

– Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; provides clear direction and sets objectives; is a role model and sets a good example; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; develops and empowers others; gives appropriate praise and recognition.

– Prioritises and plans work activities for self and/or others to meet individual, team and departmental objectives; anticipates resources required to deliver tasks and identifies potential risks; able to adapt if circumstances change; checks completion of activities and progress on projects, showing awareness of deadlines and develop appropriate action plans.

Interpersonal Skills
– Able to communicate and build relationships with a variety of people; can interact positively and work effectively with others; focuses on resolving conflict; keeps emotions under control; has a good awareness of others and can adapt their style to manage different people; remains open and considerate to others’ ideas; shows respect and empathy.

– Understands and able to break down complex or diverse information; gathers and processes data to identify problems, draw conclusions and propose solutions; able to consider different options and alternatives and make appropriate recommendations; works well with others to resolve problems and implement solutions.

– Speaks clearly and persuasively; listens actively and seeks clarification; asks appropriate questions; able to effectively present and discuss views and ideas; adjusts style and language to meet the needs of audience; shares relevant information; gives constructive feedback to others and is open to receiving feedback

– Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands and reacts well under pressure; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events

Drive & Initiative
– Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how best to achieve them; sets ambitious goals for self and/or others and tackles them with enthusiasm; initiates and generates activity, makes things happen quickly; self-starting, works under own direction; persists in spite of obstacles, finding appropriate solutions; looks for opportunities to progress work faster; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities.

– Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

Regional Specific Job Information (if applicable):

This role reports to the Global IT Services Director.
Work location Glasgow/Flexible

*Please note – we will not accept cv’s from recruitment agencies for this role*