Sourcing Manager - Corporate Services

Company information

BP Global Business Services Europe


Budapest, Szeged

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Organization introduction

The world has an ever-increasing demand for energy, and BP discovers, develops and delivers oil and gas across the globe. They are capturing existing sources while enhancing the potential of renewable and alternative energy. By making the most of our world-class assets and investing in new technologies. Global Business Services Europe is part of Global Business Services (GBS) – a 4,500-people organization within BP that supports the downstream operations. Core areas include finance, customer service, mid and back office support for procurement, HR services and other functional support for customers. They opened the centre in 2009 and currently employ over 2100 staff of 28 different nationalities in the Haller Gardens Offices. Even though the official language in the BSC is English, the colleagues do business in 7 more European languages, in a dynamic, multinational environment.

Job information

Business area



Procurement Manager



Job title

Sourcing Manager - Corporate Services

Team / organisation unit description

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future. Global Business Services (GBS) is BP’s shared services organisation. GBS add value by standardising and modernising business activities, whilst maintaining a robust control environment and driving operational excellence. There are five GBS Centres globally, situated in Europe, Africa, Asia, America and ANZ and Central Teams across all locations as well as the UK and Houston. We have been continuing to develop our European Service Centre in Budapest, Hungary since 2009 and now we are extending our presence in Szeged as well. We aim to bring dynamism to the country and opportunities to all our current and future employees. Due to upcoming corporate transitions and our progressively growing competence over multifaceted business processes, our European service centre is persistently broadening its range of prominent career opportunities in both cities. We offer more and more B2B roles for career planners as well as increasingly complex, high-level, senior positions to seasoned experts. We are seeking individuals who share our values and are ready to make our business and culture stronger. Our key aim is to keep building on the successes we’ve seen over recent years, driving through the many and varied projects we’re working on that demonstrate continuous improvement. We strive to inspire our employees by creating an enjoyable, challenging work environment whilst simultaneously providing balance in private and work life, advancement through compensation, fun at work and shared devotion in volunteering and charity activities. All roles in BP Global Business Services offer some form of agile working to enable you to integrate your work and personal commitments. Talk to us about what agile working could look like for you.

Tasks and activities

  • Ensuring that all activities are compliant with the GBS’s Health and Safety (HSSE) requirements, incl. a strong HSSE focus in any purchasing activity
  • Driving and maximising value for BP across the spend categories and activities managed
  • Ongoing tracking and reporting of value delivery (eg. savings)
  • Operational Excellence by ensuring stable, effective and customer-focused service delivery
  • Effective management of the activity triage & workflow with the Business Partners, resource allocation and ensuring adequate holiday, training & sickness cover
  • Constantly achieving and delivering against the agreed Performance objectives incl. the respective Key Performance Indicators
  • Ensuring effective escalation management in line with the agreed operating model
  • Ensuring all processes are compliant with relevant ISO accreditation & assisting to the preparation for future accreditation
  • Ensuring processes are embedded & adhered to consistently in the team
  • Ensuring team process and procedure documentations are maintained and fit for purpose
  • Driving the evolution of the processes managed and foster the continuous improvement mind-set and culture
  • Ensuring adequate Business Continuity Plans are in place
  • Working closely with other leaders and teams in the GBS Procurement organisation to ensure that overall operational objectives are met, ideas shared and lessons learnt
  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with key stakeholders at all levels within the organisation, customers and external service providers
  • Monitoring and assuring compliance to BP Business Controls and SOX requirements
  • Adhering to BP’s Leadership expectations
  • Conducting performance appraisals with direct reports in accordance with the annual performance management cycle
  • Ensuring that regular 1to1 conversations are scheduled and happen in the Team at all levels
  • Proactively developing GBS capability: the skills, competencies and knowledge of the team members, to ensure that members achieve their full potential and are enabled to support the short-long term GBS strategy and growth agenda
  • Providing coaching for the team leaders and team members to unlock their potential and support their development
  • Ensuring that development plans are in place and maintained in the Team in line with the 70:20:10 principle
  • As the professional leader of the team, role model effective sourcing execution via being involved and managing complex sourcing projects incl. supplier negotiationsProvide professional guidance and coaching to the team
  • Represent the Team and the wider GBS Procurement organisation in category meetings with Business Partners and Suppliers as relevant
  • Ensure the Team is part of the wider information flow and cascade necessary information
  • Populate the usage of effective and up-to-date procurement techniques, tools and practices


Language 1:





BSC diploma

Experience in this profession

5-8 years

Additional requirements (certifications, special knowledge, software etc.)

  • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent experience is required (preferably in business studies)
  • Excellent written & oral communication skill in English (C1) is a must. Sound knowledge in an additional European language is an advantage (especially German, Spanish, Polish, Dutch)
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant work experience in a service delivery environment, preferably in Procurement
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in sourcing products and/or services, preferably regarding general goods and services (marketing, logistics etc.) or from a manufacturing environment
  • Minimum 5 years people/team leadership experience, preferably in a multinational/global environment
  • Experience with e-procurement and ERP systems, eg. Ariba is an advantage
  • High Level of IT proficiency in Microsoft packages
  • Highly motivated and ambitious to drive value generation to the Business Partners
  • Strong business mind-set and commercial acumen
  • Strong and proven stakeholder relationship management skills incl. experience in engaging senior management levels
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across a global matrix organisations
  • Proven experience in coaching and leading a team with scale and complexity
  • Passion to motivate, develop and retain people
  • Ability to make decisions in a complex, sometimes ambiguous environment
  • Good time management, prioritisation and organisation skills
  • Proven record of leading/managing high value / complex sourcing initiatives
  • Broad understanding of negotiation strategies & techniques coupled with strong negotiation skills
  • Knowledge on contract terms and extensive experience with regards to contracting
  • Demonstrated process thinking and experience with a strong focus on continuous improvement
  • Eagerness to learn and implement new tools and techniques to improve efficiency in the team
  • A reasonable level of strategic thinking and ability to convert a vision & ideas into tangible actions is desirable

What we offer

  • A truly multinational team
  • Cafeteria
  • Easily accessible workplace
  • High-quality office environment
  • Long-term opportunities
  • Working in an international, young and dynamic team
  • Opportunity to develop your professional skills in a multinational company
  • Competitive salary plus benefits
  • Competitive compensation package

Additional information



Senior people manager


Permanent employee for indefinite time

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