Skip to main content
Job ID Location Work Location
22001J Reading Dual Location - Home & Reading Office
Job Type Contract Type Hours Per Week
Professional Full-time 37.5
Shift Pattern Closing Date
Standard working week N/A

Our people make us who we are. We’re a diverse and inclusive bunch, and it’s important you can feel you belong here. We value everybody for who they are and what they bring to the table, supporting one another as we continue to deliver for our customers.

Where possible we’re committed to flexible working and supporting our employees to have the right work life balance. Do however note, if you choose to apply for a different work location you will not have any eligibility for relocation support or travel allowances.

Three’s technologies are seeing significant levels of change with our rapid deployment of 5G, implementation of the world’s first Telco cloud core network, adoption of edge computing and transformation of our IT platforms to a ground-breaking hybrid cloud model. All create richer experiences in the lives of our customers, and all create an exciting sourcing environment to work in.

You will be joining Three at a time of radical change in the network and working alongside our Technology & Operations teams to deliver commercial leadership in the procurement of a wide range of strategic spend including network rollout services, the latest core, OSS, radio access and transmission network technologies as well as related network operations. Work will also include working on projects with our partners within our network joint venture, MBNL as we transform our network into the leading 5G network delivering better connectivity, every day, for every customer.

We are looking for someone who will tackle those challenges head on – you’ll be working with the team and supporting evolving your category and shaping the service it provides to meet those challenges. You’ll need to be very comfortable working with senior stakeholders across the business and the Group and you’ll have a collaborative but challenger mentality.

The role reports to the Director of Commercial, Partners & Procurement within the CFO (Finance) Department but you’ll also be expected to work alongside and liaise with senior team members from across our organisation including Legal, Finance and Technology & Operations.

  • Successfully leading and delivering projects within the network technology category to deliver a ‘best in class’ procurement and supply chain offering to our stakeholders within Three and MBNL
  • Negotiating with 3rd party suppliers on behalf of Three UK, managing the senior vendor relationships, working with business units to understand the specific demand, planning the buying activities, drafting and implementing the relevant contracts and ensuring that the work is being carried out in line with the legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Act in a partnering style to promote Procurement to the wider business and minimising leakage and exerting control over how budgets are spent with suppliers
  • Manage a virtual cross-functional team from the definition of a procurement strategy through to the delivery of challenging programme outcomes
  • Influence peers and line manager to alternative ways in working where relevant and beneficial

  • Deep experience on the Procurement basics - contract law, negotiation, market dynamics, commercial strategy, strategic sourcing, supply management, commercial contract management.
  • Proven experience in the sourcing of technology products and services providing expert competence. Working within a mobile network environment would be an advantage.
  • Exposure to multiple businesses and sectors to be able to draw on and apply relevant experience to Three
  • Managerial experience of establishing, supervising and directing own or virtual teams’ other resources to achieve specific end results within limited timeframes
  • Experience of developing complex, business wide category, budget and supplier strategies.
  • Proven experience of running substantive end to end Procurement projects within blue-chip organisations.
  • Significant experience of commercially managing complex outsource contracts/relationships, including leading commercial disputes through to successful resolution.
  • Outstanding leadership skills, able to coach and support teams and team members alike.
  • Exceptional engagement and relationship building abilities. Naturally accessible. Able to communicate complex challenges in simple terms.
  • Strategically minded and creative, able to translate a vision into clear methodical plans with excellent problem-solving ability.
  • Experience of executive/board level business partnering.

Apply
TTC Logo

Three are a proud signatory of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC), working across industries to drive greater inclusion and diversity in technology roles.

Can’t find the job you’re looking for?