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Xylem Procurement Manager UK & Ireland in Nottingham, United Kingdom

Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you! For more information, please visit us at ​.

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.

  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.

  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.

  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

About the Role:

Leading the Procurement Team to deliver targets and objectives in-line with Xylem’s Global Procurement Strategy. Establishing excellent working relationships with internal customers and European colleagues. The Procurement Manager UK & Ireland will report into the UK & Ireland Operations & CI Manager and have a dotted line into the Director of Procurement, Commercial Teams Europe.

The role will be based mainly in Nottingham but will be required to regularly travel to the other UK sites and occasionally sites in Europe. The Procurement Manager will have very strong interpersonal skills, a continuous improvement mindset and be able to lead change effectively.


  • Lead the development of strategic category plans to deliver security of supply, quality, service and cost benefits.

  • Delivery of agreed KPIs through effective team leadership.

  • Responsible for the development of the Procurement Team UK & Ire.

  • Liaise regularly with the GBS management team and lead all UK & Ire GBS activity.

  • Ensure Procurement projects are lead in line with XGP project milestones.

  • Lead Strategic Procurement projects as required.

  • Report on a monthly basis as per XGP requirements.

  • Build and maintain relationships with department heads to support with all Procurement activity. Lead internal stakeholders through the procurement process and change management.

  • Lead/Support tenders and price negotiations for categories/suppliers identified as strategic.

  • Lead supplier selection process, qualification of alternative sources, supply base. rationalisation programs and other relevant strategies to optimise the supply base.

  • Ensure departmental compliance to SOX and other business requirements.

  • Responsible for supplier relationship management and dispute resolution.

  • Ensure risks are understood within the supply chain and develop appropriate strategies to mitigate.

  • Active management of key internal stakeholders to ensure that business requirements are met and short term issues are resolved.

  • Develop and maintain all procurement policies and procedures.

  • Support the Director of Procurement, Commercial Teams Europe in delivering the European strategy/business targets within the UK & Ireland.

  • To identify and implement process improvements through the use of continuous improvement tools and techniques

  • Work with the European Category managers to leverage spend where possible.



Degree qualified (or equivalent),

  • Proficient with Microsoft applications

  • Exceptional negotiation, commercial and stakeholder engagement skills

  • MCIPS qualified

  • At least 5 years experience in a Procurement/Category Management role

  • At least 2 years experience in a leadership/management role


  • Experience of Continuous Improvement tools and techniques

  • Experience of VA/VE projects

  • TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) process development