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
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
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.
“the feedback was compelling in how well Barkers helped the team and now they feel like they own it…that is very different to anything else we’ve seen”
“In essence, Barkers possess a unique skill of engaging people in a manner which enables them to deliver financial results for their clients whilst improving performance in what has been somewhat challenging times. I cannot recommend them highly enough and they would be my business consultants of choice every time.”
“The Barkers team brought an in depth knowledge of the market along with a highly collaborative and flexible working style. They shared their knowledge freely and constantly kept us up to date as the project progressed.”
“an asset to anyone with complicated renegotiation or procurement requirements.”
Meet Our Team
Together We Achieve More
Typical Barkers Assignments
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.
Our Position on IR35
Whilst working for Barkers you are likely to be outside of IR35.
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.
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.
per annum in social value created
BiTC Ban the Box campaign signatory
skills and behavioural assessments completed
client projects delivered successfully
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.