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Sourcing and Procurement Consultant - Defence

Bristol City
Full time
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PA Consulting
Consulting & professional services
1,001-5,000 employees
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About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job Description

  • Flexible working - We are guided by our client work and needs; however, you have autonomy to manage your time and diary to suit your work/life balance.
  • Travel to client site will be necessary as and when the client requires
  • Please note that PA Consulting operates a hybrid working policy. There will be an expectation for you to work from either a PA office and/or client location 2 x per week (based on the assumption of a 5 day working week).
  • Location - London or Bristol
  • Application deadline: ASAP

Are you driven by a desire to help organisations to achieve value for money through better procurement and strategic sourcing arrangements?

Our Sourcing, IT Strategy & Corporate Services capability are looking for a Sourcing and Procurement Consultant. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Work on some of the most significant and complex sourcing challenges facing public and private sector organisations in the UK and internationally.
  • Provide a range of strategic advice from transforming organisations’ sourcing teams, delivering complex multi-billion-pound procurements, and advising clients on how to embrace technology to accelerate sourcing processes and harness data.
  • Support your clients to achieve their desired business outcomes by harnessing deep technical knowledge and applying innovative approaches to sourcing and procurement.


  • Experience in strategic sourcing and/or procurement. For more senior roles prior consulting experience is essential
  • Strong delivery experience from working on procurement/commercial and strategic sourcing projects from buyer and/or supplier perspectives.
  • Expertise in navigating complex procurement processes within the Defence sector to deliver successful value for money outcomes.
  • Evidence of leading and supporting change initiatives in multifaceted stakeholder environments.
  • Experience in managing supplier service delivery arrangements or improving supplier and sourcing relationships.
  • A proven ability to think creatively and commercially to solve complex procurement and sourcing challenges.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills that translate to exceptional stakeholder management.
  • Strong self-starter and growth mindset with excellent communication skills.
  • CIPS, MCIPS, IACCM or equivalent sourcing qualifications are preferable.
  • Prior consulting experience in a sourcing context is preferable.

We know the skill-gap and ‘somewhat need to tick every box’ can get in the way of meeting brilliant candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply – we’d love to hear from you.

Apply today by completing our online application

Additional Information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.