Become An Associate

Become an Associate

Barkers is a multi-award-winning procurement consultancy offering high quality procurement services, delivered by committed and experienced procurement specialists; trusted experts who help organisations drive sustainable financial performance and create a legacy that extends beyond our involvement. 
At Barkers, everything we do is underpinned by our strong social values and commitment to building the best team in the business. View our video to find out what we can offer if you join the barkers team, and what we look for in our associates.

What We Offer

An award-winning team

Our Associate Deal

Package and perks

Be part of a professional mentoring network, either providing mentoring or receiving it

Benefit from the expertise of our Associate Network 

Gain insights from regular blogs and White Papers, and support to write and publish your own content

Join our webinars or access our coaching offer to keep your knowledge up to date

Access well-remunerated assignments across a variety of FTSE 250 clients nationwide

Enjoy our monthly newsletter providing new resources, offers, legislative updates and hot topics

Make a £250 donation to your chosen charity if you successfully refer an Associate for a role

Access a reputable umbrella company (with accountancy services) for assignments inside of IR35

Make the most of your wider package – discretionary sales bonuses and sponsored professional development (training / events)

Build your industry profile as we support you with tools and IP, within and external to Barkers, and publicly recognise your achievements on social media 

Be part of a great team – regular WhatsApp chatter, monthly vlog, and local social several times a year, with a Barkers Director

Be yourself at work; Barkers are committed to supporting a healthy work-life balance, to supporting the charities that are important to you, and to recognising your life events

Why Choose Us

Our Barkers team is full of industry-recognised personnel with a wealth of knowledge to share.  All our Associates benefit from working with industry leaders, such as our Partners David Loseby and Marc Hutchinson, and being part of an organisation which has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) for the ‘Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Profession’ (2018), and Business in the Community (BITC) in 2019 for ‘Connecting Places’. 

At Barkers our practitioners come from a wide variety of sectors reflecting the many and varied industries within which we work.  Many are MCIPS qualified with relevant Degree, Master’s Degree and PhD studies under their belt. We also support our team to continue their professional journey and develop themselves internally, using our bespoke training material in areas ranging from supply base analysis and contract law to assessing and developing people, as well as externally.  We have experienced TotalSDI trainers and coaches in-house.

Strong values are embedded within the organisation. It’s one of the reasons we attract and select the very best professionals to our organisation, whom our clients trust.  Our strong business ethics are evidenced by our aim to deliver £2m in social value every year. We achieve this through our commitment to offer free professional advice to the charities we work with, and in the value we have created by establishing our own social enterprise, LifeScape.

Clients Testimonial


Our LinkedIn Specialties

Business Process, Enhancing profitability, People development, Cost control, Supplier relationship, Contract management and negotiation.

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Meet Our Team

Together We Achieve More

Ben Copeland


The job satisfaction you gain, alongside the flexibility, autonomy and sense of belonging to the business makes Barkers the great company it is to work for. My only regret about Barkers is not joining earlier!

Mark Elkington

Senior Management Consultant

It’s a pleasure to work with Barkers in the culture that [the Directors] foster where we always go that bit further to add value to the customer.

David Loseby

Alumni Partner

The attraction of working with Barkers, as opposed to other practitioner communities is the true and authentic commitment to the social agenda, converting concepts and strategies into tangible and meaningful reality at grass roots level that has rightly attracted recognition and rewards from many respected bodies.

Current Roles

Typical Barkers Assignments

FTSE 100 Utility Company

Associate Partner, £800-£1,000 p/d
6-month assignment

- Develop procurement transformation programme
- Attain executive stakeholder sign-off to programme resources and benefits delivery
- Set-up programme office, workstream leads and define programme deliverables

FTSE 250 Manufacturing Company

Managing Consultant, £400-£600 p/d
3-month assignment

- Develop and execute a pipeline of tenders across multiple direct and indirect categories
- Engage stakeholders with weekly reporting
- Track benefits delivery and evidence effective implementation of contracts awarded

FTSE 100 FMCG Company

Senior Managing Consultant, £600-£800 p/d
3-month assignment

- Develop procurement strategy for global IT infrastructure investment programme
- Develop compelling benefits case for investment
- Attain executive stakeholder sign-off for the programme

Interested? Join our Associate Network and we will contact you with roles which fit your skill set.

Alternatively, refer someone else to Barkers, and if they are successfully placed, we will make a £250 donation to either our social enterprise LifeScape  – or a charity of your choice.

Sustainable Relationships

Professional Development

Inclusive Culture

Innovative Thinking

IR35 Compliance

Our Position on IR35

Whilst working for Barkers you are likely to be outside of IR35.

  • Barkers Associates never fill a vacant permanent role within an organisation; our assignments are fluid and diverse to reflect the complexity of the client’s challenge

  • Our Associates may work with multiple clients at any one time, and our contracts allow for supply of substitute resource providing continuity of service whatever the circumstances

  • Our contracts explicitly state the remit of our Associates and are terminated at the end of each assignment

  • Barkers contracts outline the key milestones required by the client, and we typically invoice based on completion of these

  • Our Associates never appear on an organisational chart; they are contractually distant from the organisation’s core structure and do not receive employee benefits such as holiday pay, sick pay or pension payments

  • All Barkers’ Associates use their own equipment and software in a client setting making them fully self-reliant and self-directing in the delivery of our assignments.

If you do find yourself working on an assignment which falls inside of IR35, Barkers have an established partnership with Danbro, who provide both accountancy and umbrella company services, allowing you to easily turn on and off the services you need with one service provider.

Our Mission

We help organisations drive sustainable financial performance and create a legacy that extends beyond our involvement.

  • Integrity: We are honest, open and fair. We have strong morals, underpinned by our code of conduct and our commitment to delivering social value. Our Partner Warren Kozera is a BiTC Vice Chairman and other Partners are CIPS Global Board Trustees.
  • Belief: We know we can positively impact returns in short timescales and have a legacy of achievement that supports this.
  • Attentive: We always listen and check our understanding before providing independent advice tailored to be the right thing for our clients.
  • Consistency: We have a track record for successful delivery encompassing strategy, operations, technology, and development of people and culture.

Our Expertise

Regulatory procurement (UCR & PCR)
Digital category management
Skills and behavioural assessment
Procurement transformation

Our Achievements


per annum in social value created


BiTC Ban the Box campaign signatory


skills and behavioural assessments completed


client projects delivered successfully

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Awards & Recognition

“An inspiring partnership, recognising and developing creative solutions to local social issues in the most effective way. Barkers and Bolton Family are a compelling example of people coming together from right across the community, with passion, authenticity and trust.” BiTC ‘Connected Places Award’ judge.

Ethical Procurement

At Barkers, we put our money where our mouth is. We are committed to offering free professional advice to the charities we work with, such as the Bolton Family, where our involvement has extended to offering pro bono, commercial advice to its members.

Barkers Director Warren Kozera sits on the Bolton Family board, and together with a colleague, has dedicated over 250 days of commercial insight and support to the Bolton Family. It is estimated that over £2M in savings have been created for charities and social enterprises through the pro-bono procurement advisory services Barkers provide.

Barkers were inspired to set up our own social enterprise, LifeScape, a grounds maintenance company. The north-west based enterprise provides employment for individuals from socially excluded groups, who receive training and develop transferable skills that will support them in their employment at LifeScape and in the future.

Our associates contribute to our social goals by supporting the growth of our business, enabling our continued contribution to our communities; many go further, for example, donating their own time and expertise.