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Janus Henderson Investors Procurement Associate in London, United Kingdom

We are a leading independent global asset manager, dedicated to delivering the best outcomes for our clients through a highly diversified range of actively-managed products. We are truly global, supporting our individual and institutional investors across a range of products, encompassing equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives. Our high-energy and collaborative culture at Janus Henderson helps our client achieve their goals and ensures that our people love the place they work.

The department

The Procurement team is responsible for the acquisition of goods and services that support Janus Henderson’s operations. We champion sourcing activities, negotiation and strategic supplier selection to ensure every vendor partnership delivers sufficient ROI, manage third party risk and uphold practices to comply with global regulations. Our aim is to develop value-added relationships with suppliers and support innovative solutions to improve operational efficiency – putting our clients at the heart of everything we do.

Overview of the role

You will be responsible for delivering competitive advantage for Janus Henderson through business enablement cost savings, the execution of sourcing strategies, lifecycle value generation, demand management and innovation. You will actively negotiate vendor contracts to ensure best pricing and contracted terms, ultimately mitigating risk and optimal vendor relationships. This role may handle procurement responsibilities of a more technical and specialized nature in addition to high volume, tactical and commodity level purchases. The role will also require the management and oversight of key strategic vendors in order to manage performance expectations and mitigate external risk.

Duties and responsibilities

You will:

  • Work as a member of a global team focused on both regional and global tasks

  • Be familiar with terminology, concepts, and processes related to strategic sourcing and contract management including:

  • Vendor research and analysis

  • Competitive Bidding Process (RFP, RFQ, RFI, etc.)

  • Carry out contract negotiation (strong understanding of key business terms contained within a contract as well as some familiarity with legal terms)

  • Manage several projects at once in addition to ensuring that all daily procurement activities such as issuance of purchase orders, processing of vendor payments, record keeping, etc. are completed

  • Manage day to day handling of a variety of procurement needs across the middle and front office through various methods

  • Be able to work and develop influential relationships with stakeholders in different global locations and run projects on a global basis including global sourcing projects.

  • Manage vendor and contract lifecycle as needed to ensure contracted terms are being met

  • Research and understand high level drivers behind large-level procurement activities and best support them through thorough and detail-oriented contract negotiations

  • Execute and provide spend analytics to key internal clients allowing them to manage their vendor base and budgets

  • Develop and maintain records and files necessary for efficient operations

  • Handle a large workload and self-manage deadlines

  • Carry out additional duties as assigned.

Supervisory responsibilities

  • No

Technical skills and qualifications

  • CIPS Qualified up to Level 4

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • MBA or similar financial degree preferred

  • Experience of using Procurement technologies such as spend, sourcing and contract tools

  • Experience with working with Finance, Accounts Payable, and Legal teams

  • Experience in a procurement and/or vendor management role

  • Experience of analytics, preferably in spend analytics and data management

Competencies required

In addition to putting clients first, acting like an owner, and succeeding as a team, the competencies for this role include:

  • Highly self-motivated, bring drive, energy and pace to Procurement activity.

  • Ability and desire to work autonomously

  • Thrives in an environment with multiple, changing priorities that require exceptional attention to detail and accuracy, and that require tight deadlines

  • Understand complex business problems, apply advanced analytical thinking / market knowledge and drive the most appropriate business outcome.

  • Understanding of the financial services industry and its associated vendors

  • Effective negotiating skills – both commercial and contract terms

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Enjoys working in cross-department teams and with diverse sets of clients

  • Comfortable interacting and building relationships with individuals at all levels of the company

  • Exceptional organizational skills

  • Desires a position of responsibility and growth

  • A “can do”, team-oriented attitude demonstrated by energy, determination and professionalism

Ongoing competence in the role to be assessed, in line with applicable regulatory requirements, by:

  • Annual performance appraisal

  • Completion of all assigned compliance training

  • Annual attestation (Knowledge and Competence in-scope roles only)

Compliance requirements

At a minimum the role will require you to:

  • Place the interest of Janus Henderson’s Clients first, act in accordance with TCF (Treating Customers Fairly) principles

  • Understand and follow laws and regulations applicable for your role, seeking the help of your supervising manager or Compliance if additional guidance is required

  • Understand and abide by all Janus Henderson policies applicable to your role, and seek support/guidance of the policy owner guidance when required

  • You are ultimately accountable for your actions and responsible for seeking further information on any or all of the above as necessary.

Janus Henderson (including its subsidiaries) will not maintain existing or sponsor new industry registrations or licenses where not supported by an employee’s job functions (as determined by Janus Henderson at its sole discretion).

All applicants must be willing to comply with the provisions of Janus Henderson Investment Advisory Code of Ethics related to personal securities activities and other disclosure and certification requirements, including past political contributions and political activities. Applicants’ past political contributions or activity may impact applicants’ eligibility for this position. Janus Henderson is an equal opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. All applications are subject to background checks.