• Duration: 3 years
  • Start date: TBC
  • Requirements: Undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Location: Osterley, West London

Procurement at Sky

Delivering brilliant entertainment, products and services to our customers is no easy feat. And at Sky, we’re always live. So we depend on our Procurement teams to source the most diverse range of products and services imaginable; from telecoms, to fleet transportation and broadcasting equipment. And this is where you’ll come in, making sure everyone we work with has all the right tools to deliver the game-changing products and services we’re known for.

How the programme works

As a graduate in the team, you’ll rotate in four placements over the course of this three year development programme across the functional procurement areas within: Technology, Entertainment and Group, which includes our Corporate and Marketing operations. You’ll experience the full range of work, while working towards your full CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) qualification giving you a complete grounding in all things Procurement. 

Some of the key responsibilities include

  • Understand current markets, future trends and suppliers’ business and commercial strategies to assist procurement objectives.
  • Create sourcing strategies, leading / supporting for the relevant portfolios re commercial interaction, meetings and negotiations with stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Involvement with entire procurement process, including supplier identification, internal stakeholder identification and commercial / contract negotiation.
  • Liaise with the various stakeholders and their teams keeping one another fully appraised of supplier communication and involvement.
  • Understand current and future opportunities within key stakeholder areas.
  • Coordinate the procurement process and ensure knowledge transfer of best procurement practice to the business stakeholders.
  • You’ll take the lead in negotiating with suppliers, working closely with the internal teams at Sky to identify ways to improve how we do things. 

Your skills

  • You’ll either have, or be on track to complete, an undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • You’ll be creative thinkers and innovative in both outlook and approach
  • A confident communicator who is analytical and possess numerical skills

So if you want to steer the future course of a high-profile business that affects millions of people every day, apply today. 

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posted on 20 Sep

"Knowing our customers are enjoying the user experience of NOW TV makes coming into work each day really exciting."

Sky Careers

Name: Estelle Riggenbach

Job title: Services and UX Designer (User Experience)

What area of NOW TV do you work in? I work as a UX designer within NOW TV’s Customer Design team. Which is all about improving the design of the NOW TV experience to help customers enjoy more of the TV they want to watch.

What do you love most about your role? Being the eyes and ears of our customers is great! We’re always looking for ways to improve.  

What’s the best thing about working at NOW TV? Independence. People put their trust in you and are open minded about your suggestions. This is just one of the reasons why NOW TV has the perfect environment to work in.

Take us back to when you were little, and tell us what you wanted to be when you grew up? It was forever changing! School teacher, maybe a vet. At one point, I even wanted to be an architect so I could build amazing houses.

Tell us about a project that you are most proud of and why? It has to be my first project since I’ve joined NOW TV, which was looking at the design of the ‘my account’ survey. It was challenging as the completion rate was less than 1% and we needed to increase it. Being new, I had to work with a range of stakeholders across the business, so getting up to speed on who people were and what they did was a real challenge for me. Two months later, by everyone working together as one team, we managed to increase the completion rate to over 6%. Ensuring we’re capturing feedback from our customers on what they would like to see improved about NOW TV is vital.

Are you a career planner? If so, tell us more about it and how has your plan changed over time? I wanted to be an architect but I realised it was extremely technical. So, I decided to take some interior design classes to try something different but still using my love of design. But after completing my bachelor degree, I still felt there was something missing in my work. I then decided to upskill taking on a masters degree in UX/Services design which was the best choice I’ve ever made! Being able to use the different steps of the design process in my day to day work is something I am very passionate about. Knowing our customers are enjoying the user experience of NOW TV makes coming into work each day really exciting. 

Tell us about a manager who has really supported your development and how they did this? My UX lead has been very helpful since I joined NOW TV. He took the time to show me around and explain how things worked here. He’s also given me a range of projects and freedom to simply get on with the job.  

What’s the best advice you could give to a post graduate looking for a job? Always have faith in yourself and stay positive. Hiring Managers are not only looking at your skills on paper, but also at how you would work as part of their team.  Stay focused and connected. If you don’t hear back, follow up, perseverance is key.

What’s the most useful bit of feedback you’ve received? Never be scared to fail. Always make the most of the opportunities you’re given as you never know what’s around the corner.  

posted on 17 Sep

Shane talks about his career development and how to plan ahead for your PDP

Sky Careers
We caught up with Shane Dunne, who recently moved into a new role, to hear his career journey at Sky.
I began my career here in November 2012. It wasn't long before I started calling 1BP my second home and my co-workers my friends. That sounds cheesy but that’s the environment we all have collectively created here. 
My first role here was as a Sales Team Leader. As a Team Leader, I had various managers over an eighteen month period. Things were moving fast. In order to move fast with the business, I decided with the right motivation I could achieve my goals. To do this I set myself various milestones to accomplish. Key to my own personal success was to putting my plan down on paper. I wanted to visualise exactly where I wanted to go and to set myself goals to achieve the milestones I had laid out for myself. It empowered me to have more meaningful and impactful meetings with my manager with a focus on my personal development. 
After 18 months I was promoted to Sales Centre Manager. This was a new role and was unique as I’d be dealing with performance across both Sell and Save. In the two and a half years I was in this role I learned so much more from my fellow managers than I ever would’ve expected. They aided my development more than anything else. Whether they were acting as a sounding board to bounce ideas off or simply sharing past experiences. They gave me honest, direct feedback and most importantly dispensed their sound advice, cultured from many years of experience.
I received two pieces of advice early on in my career here that have stuck with me, and I always reflect on them before any monthly 1-2-1's or PDP meetings:
1. You have to own your own development plan
2. Be great at the job you have before you look to move elsewhere
With those two pieces of advice in mind, I tend to be overly critical of my own performance. Each month I’d detail my strengths and weaknesses, the objectives I have achieved and the next steps with my manager. All of this was to work toward an agreed goal. That could be an improved PDP rating, more responsibility or getting that next role you desire.
Honestly, it took me longer than I wish to admit to ask for help with my development. However, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Knowing your own ambitions is the easy part; verbalising that to your manager or peers can be more daunting. With the help of the company's many resources this actually wasn't something to be concerned about. Coaches, peers, managers, My Sky Development Studio and my workplace friends, have all helped me personally to grow at Sky. 
In January of this year, I was thrilled to hear that my performance had been recognised and that I was to be promoted to the role of Sales Performance Controller. This new role again involves exposure to a completely new channel (Retail), and so my development cycle begins again. I look forward to embracing this head on, and setting myself new goals, new milestones to accomplish for the year to come. 
To conclude, when it comes to your development; honestly assess yourself, work towards your goal, make time for your development, don't be shy, and ask for help.