Senior Contracts Manager - Procurement & Supplier Risk Management Europe


Dublin, IE

Company:  Canada Life Group Services
  • Full Time Permanent position
  • Hybrid role based in our Dublin, London, Potters Bar office

What we offer
We have embraced a hybrid working model for most of our positions, which means that you can enjoy a balanced approach of working from home for part of the week and working from the office for the remainder of the week.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including competitive salaries and bonuses, robust Learning and Development support, excellent Defined Contribution pension and comprehensive Wellbeing initiatives and support to name but a few. 

Further details on our benefits package can be accessed here Benefits (

Role Overview

In this role you will be responsible for Leading all commercial and procurement activity within ILG with an annual spend of c€150m.  Creating and delivering the commercial and procurement strategy within Irish Life Group (ILG) that is aligned to European and Global procurement and delivers tangible value through effective cost and risk management.      

This role will create relationships with key senior stakeholder across the ILG businesses to understand business priorities and connect procurement with business goals.  The role will also lead relationship management and negotiation with various suppliers and vendors across the ILG business to drive strategic value, deliver exceptional customer service, cost optimisation and risk management.

Team Background

•    This role sits within our Procurement & Supplier Risk Management team and reports to our European Head of Procurement.
•    This team has oversight/responsibility for all Third-Party Procurement and Supplier Risk Management across Europe.

What you will help us to achieve

To drive strategic value, deliver exceptional customer service, cost optimisation and risk management.

More specific responsibilities will include:

•    As Senior Procurement and Contract Manager this role will involve: 
•    Drive the macro-level procurement and contracts management strategy and processes for ILG ensuring alignment with business goals.
•    Ensuring a deep understanding of the current third-party cost base and commercial landscape
•    Build relationships and partner with key senior stakeholders and senior leaders to understand business priorities and objectives and translate these into the overall procurement strategic direction and roadmaps.
•    Define stretching and commercial procurement targets and strategies to deliver on these.
•    Ensure all goods and services supplied to ILG via the procurement team deliver service, value and cost optimisation. 
•    Build strong working relationships across European and Global Procurement to ensure we leverage the power of the collective in our commercial decision making and optimising governance and processes.
•    Be responsible for guidance on European Supplier Management 
•    Lead negotiations on supplier contracts and ensure adequate reviews are being performed at least annually.
•    Manage risk to ensure that ILG is protected by secure fully negotiated contracts and any known risks associated with contracts are pre-empted and responsibility for managing same is understood by contract owners. 
•    Be a key contributor to the annual planning and budgeting process for all regions.
•    Ensures the Supplier Lifecycle is followed as per Supplier Risk Policy.

What you will need to be successful in the role

•    Drive for results – Implement and drive policy to meet and improve cost management.
•    Leadership – Manage a wide range of different interpersonal relationships with subordinates, senior colleagues, and external suppliers.
•    Communication & influencing – requirement to use a wide range influencing styles effectively.
•    Commercial Awareness – Ability to correctly interpret contracts and financial information and put in place controls to deal with any issues or risks.
•    Risk, Control and Regulatory Environment – have a clear understanding of the significance of this role as part of the first line of defence against operational risk.
•    Teamwork & Cross Functional Collaboration – exhibits and drives behaviour the facilitates cross functional collaboration and effective working teams.
•    Works effectively to build win- win relationships with key suppliers and stakeholders.
•    Initiates and develops opportunities for self and others to share knowledge and build on the experience of others in the Group.
•    Translates the overall vision and goals of procurement and clarifies what is required form business units. 

Key Competencies

Drive for Results
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Communication and Influencing
Commercial Awareness
Risk and Control
Team Working and Cross Functional Collaboration

About us
Canada Life Group is the top-level European holding company for the Great-West Lifeco Group’s European insurance, reinsurance, and asset management companies, with business operations in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the Isle of Man.

European Technology sits within Canada Life Group and encompasses the technology community across all European entities, Irish Life Group, Canada Life UK, Canada Life Europe, and Central Technology Services. European Technology supports the business strategy and collaboration of technology across all European divisions.


There are multiple IT units within European Technology, each of which has its own individual set of technology platforms. Central Technology Services (CTS) provides IT infrastructure and security operations services to Europe. 

The company reserves the right to draw up a shortlist as part of the selection process.  Where Agency assistance is required the Canada Life Recruitment Team will engage directly with suppliers. Unsolicited CVs / profiles supplied to Canada Life by Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted for this role.


Canada Life Group Services is proud to be an Equal Opportunities employer. We have created an environment of inclusion and growth to help people achieve their potential, to ensure they can bring their whole selves to work and to feel valued.  We celebrate diversity of thought and perspective and want all of our employees to feel valued, respected and supported.  


We have built a culture that promotes equality and inclusion for all of our current and future employees and strive to ensure that our behaviours, processes and practices are aligned to this culture.


If you require any accommodations during the recruitment process please contact and we will be delighted to ensure you are fully supported to be your best. 

CLGS supports Equal Opportunity and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.