Software Procurement Specialist

Frontier is an established, market leading independent developer and publisher of videogames for PC and consoles. Founded in 1994, we are based in the world-leading technology cluster and historic city of Cambridge, England. With a growing team of over 750 talented people, we are passionate about creating innovative genre-leading games and authentic worlds for our communities of players.  

We have achieved serial successes across a wide variety of titles including Elite DangerousPlanet CoasterJurassic World Evolution and Planet Zoo. We are continuing to grow our team to support our existing portfolio and an exciting and ambitious future roadmap, which includes the development of both own-IP titles and licensed-IP titles. Our IP-license partners include Universal (Jurassic World), Formula 1 and Games Workshop (Warhammer).We are also growing our team to continue the expansion of Frontier Foundry, our publishing label for games developed by carefully selected partner studios. 

We have a modern spacious studio located on the Cambridge Science Park in the heart of the Cambridge tech hub. For those who wish to relocate to the Cambridge area and work either entirely in the studio or flexibly between the studio and home, we can provide generous financial and practical support to facilitate your move. We are also able to offer remote working for those who would prefer to work almost exclusively from home or who are unable to relocate. We can discuss your preferences with you during the recruitment process.   

Purpose of the role

As part of our continued growth we have an opportunity for a Procurement Specialist to join our Purchasing Team, focussing on the purchase of Frontier’s software requirements. Working closely with the Purchasing Co-ordinator and Procurement Manager you will use your indirect procurement experience to ensure that Frontier receives best value for money by sourcing new suppliers, maintaining relationship with existing suppliers, negotiating contracts, preparing reports, and identifying opportunities to improve our processes.  

Responsibilities

  • Continuously evaluate our current suppliers to ensure we are always receiving best value for money
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with suppliers, vendors, internal & external customers and stakeholders, peers and management
  • Negotiate contracts for goods and services purchased
  • Work closely with the Procurement Manager on high level spend where RFP’s are required
  • Take an active lead in research of potential vendors for any new requirements and for ongoing spend
  • Prepare and present reports on historical purchasing activity, including cost analysis
  • Contribute to the department targeted savings by challenging costs on a regular basis
  • Line management of Purchasing Coordinators within your team.

About You

  • Broad Procurement experience with demonstrable experience in purchasing software, ideally within the tech industry
  • Strong knowledge of vendor sourcing practices (researching, evaluating and liaising with vendors)
  • Solid analytical skills, with the ability to create financial reports and conduct cost analyses
  • Previous experience in managing a RFP process
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Confidence to challenge costs where appropriate to achieve savings
  • Ability to build relationships with internal stakeholders and external suppliers
  • Positive and solutions focused approach when working with internal customers
  • Ideally CIPS qualified or working towards (funding is available for continued studying).

What we can offer you

We offer the chance to work with talented and passionate people, developing and publishing sophisticated and enduring games in a creative and collaborative environment. We love what we do, and we work hard to provide outstanding experiences for our player communities. Frontier rewards this passion and determination by sharing in the company’s success and by supporting our teams to keep doing what they love.

Well-being is a big focus at Frontier and we are continually evolving how we can support our staff. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and host a range of well-being activities, initiatives and sessions to support both mental and physical health.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a success-based annual bonus, share option schemes, pension, life assurance, private family healthcare, flexitime working hours, enhanced maternity/paternity package, in-house subsidised catering, support with relocation, a Cycle to Work scheme and free bike servicing, and social events.

We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.


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Meet the team

Tamara

Head of Localisation

Hi! I am the Head of Localisation at Frontier. I manage our ever-growing Localisation Team, and oversee the localisation of all the games we publish – whether they are developed internally or by our external partners. My team also helps to develop marketing assets, and practically everything to support our global releases!

I joined Frontier in 2015, and over the years I have worked on creating solid processes, implementing robust systems, and building an amazing team to enable us to deliver high-quality text translation and voice recording. I love how integrated localisation has become in our approach to game development, and that delivering a great game enjoyed by players all over the world is a value shared across the company. It is a pleasure to work in an environment where my work is recognised and appreciated, and there are always new challenges to tackle, because no two games are ever the same!

Amy

HR Advisor

I am an HR Advisor and I have been working at Frontier since 2018. Our HR team is made up of two streams, and we each support an area of the business. In our stream I work alongside an HR Assistant, and report into a HR Business Partner. Together we support some of the following teams; Programming, IT, Online, Customer Support, Publishing and Commercial – to name a few. My role is to predominately support these teams with any people-related queries, alongside working on a number of HR related projects.

This is the first games company I have worked for and I felt welcome from the very first day! The best thing about Frontier is the people; you can feel the passion everyone has for what they do. Every person’s contribution is valued no matter what department you work in. It truly is a great place to work!