Associate Director – Corporate & IT

Procurement Heads are partnering with a national Public Sector organisation, that is undergoing a significant transformation of its Commercial Function, with high ambitions for the future. Committed to delivering quality, innovation, and value, our client has national responsibility for supporting the wider health system in the UK.

We are currently seeking a dynamic and experienced Assistant Director of Sourcing & Procurement to join the team, supporting the Commercial Corporate & IT function. This pivotal role will support an ambitious transformation, managing complex workstreams, engaging with stakeholders, and driving innovation to ensure value for money and flexibility. 

Delivering the Commercial Category strategies, plans and KPIs, the Associate Director will be responsible for leadership and stratergy, stakeholder management, operational excellence, innovation and improvement as well as team leadership. The remit will cover, but is not limited to the following accountabilities: 

  • Act as the key member of the Senior Leadership Team within the Commercial Function, specifically across Corporate Services and IT
  • Work closely with the Commercial Director to build and develop a leading commercial team in the public sector.
  •  Lead on commercial strategies, ensuring delivery across the UK Health Security Agency and beyond
  • Build and manage relationships with senior internal and external stakeholders, providing expert advice and assurance to National Health Trusts, Treasury, and the Cabinet Office as well as relevant Trade Bodies and research funding bodies
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Senior Leadership Teams
  • Ensure that appropriate systems are continuously updated to capture business needs
  • Lead the most complex and cross-functional sourcing and procurement activities with the support of your team
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement and empowerment
  • Lead on sourcing risk management, ensuring robust, cost-efficient contractual arrangements
  • Develop and implement commercial practices and procedures, benchmarking activities to ensure best practices
  • Build, motivate, and lead a diverse team of commercial professionals (up to 9 direct reports)
  • Deliver training sessions to expand the commercial knowledge of customers and staff 
  • Foster a strong professional relationship with peers, promoting a culture of delivery and continuous improvement

Your application will be evaluated based on the following criteria

  • Proven experience in a senior commercial or procurement role
  • In depth knowledge of contract law and commercial practices, as well as public procurement regulations (PCR15 and awareness of the new Procurement Act 2023)
  • Proven track record of managing complex workstreams and projects
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiating abilities
  • Experience in developing and leading high-performing teams
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision-making skills
  • Experience of working across Corporate/IT sourcing teams
  • Ability to influence and engage with a range of stakeholders at senior levels

Please be advised that travel is required as part of this role and will have a national remit (all expenses paid).

Application Process

Start your application process by submitting your CV to us, via our links (Procurement Heads website/LinkedIn or wider job boards). Should your experience align with the requirements of the role, you will be contacted by our team to run through additional requirements and full disclosure of the JD. 

Our client requests that a Cover Letter is completed, details of which will be disclosed by the recruiter. You will be asked to submit your details via an ATS system and if successful, invited to interview.

The initial stage of interview will be an in-person Assessment Centre. One or two additional interviews will follow to meet with the Hiring Manager, Stakeholders and the Executive Team. 

Closing date for the applications is the 30th of June, with shortlisting commenced by the 4th of July. Interviews are penciled in for the 29th of July (subject to interview panel availability). 

You will need to be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Benefits of the role include but are not limited to

  • Minimum of 27 days of annual leave plus bank holiday
  • Advantageous pension contribution of above 12%
  • Flexible working policy
  • Childcare support
  • Financial Wellbeing support
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Car Leasing Scheme
  • Remote Opportunity – with a requirement to be in the office around 2x per month. Travel will be required across a national remit (expenses paid)

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