Shahzad Zia

Reporting Manager                                                              Group Sourcing

What attracted you to applying for a role at Lloyds Banking Group?

One of the main reasons I applied for a role at Lloyds Banking Group was due to the size and presence of the company.  I was confident that once I had secured an opening at Lloyds Banking Group, I would have lots of opportunities to develop myself and to advance my career within the organisation.

Your current role

I began my career at Lloyds Banking Group working in Retail Finance in savings forecasting.  After 9 months, in November 2014, I moved to a higher grade role as Reporting Manager within the Practice Management team in Group Sourcing.  I am responsible for producing interactive dashboards, automated reports and bespoke analytical insight for £6 billion spend, financial savings and supplier insight.

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How is Group Sourcing helping the Group become the best bank for customers?

Group Sourcing helps the business source goods and services in the right way that maximises value for our customers. We also support the Group’s Helping Britain Prosper plan by delivering the 30 day invoice payment metric. It is a great place to work because we are constantly being challenged to find better ways of working to help us become more efficient.

 

A ROLE THAT MATTERS

My role involves the analysis of supplier spend, which helps us understand what we are spending, where we are spending it and who we are spending it with.  This insight is used for Sourcing opportunities and contract management to ensure Lloyds Banking Group gets the best value from its supply chain.

Life outside the Group

Outside of work, I am studying part time for an Exec MBA at the University of Bradford to give me a more holistic view of business and enhance my leadership skills.

My main hobby is long distance running and I have ran 8 marathons all around the world and raised lots of money for charity. I am also the Treasurer of my local running club, the Manchester Harriers.

WORKLIFE BALANCE

What are the best things about working for Lloyds Banking Group?

I have a long commute into the office (up to 3 hours a day), so agile working is really important to me.  My Manager has been very supportive in allowing me to change my work hours to beat the rush hour traffic and allowing me to work from home a few days a week. This has really helped me achieve a better work/life balance.

What advice would you give to someone joining the Group?

Although there is a lot of support available and many opportunities, you are ultimately responsible for your own learning and development and you have to make your own career path.

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