Head of Procurement

A highly profitable, transforming and recognised professional services company is recruiting a dynamic Head of Procurement.

With an impressive, ex-FTSE 100 executive board, you will be joining a business with an exciting growth agenda and a clear strategy for the years ahead.

What’s more, you’ll get the opportunity to genuinely deliver back to the country through the company’s business model.

Reporting to the Commercial and Procurement Director and with a team of eight (spend circa £60m and a mixture of BAU and projects), the Head of Procurement role will suit someone with several years’ broad indirects procurement experience – perhaps an exceptional Senior Category Manager looking to step up – in a large, complex organisation.

Interpersonally, this person will need to possess strong soft skills due to the fast-paced nature of the business – you’ll need to be bright, capable and motivated to make a difference.

The culture of the organisation is warm, friendly and open, and the role will see you working agilely with a need to travel into the business’ Herts and London offices when required.

As Head of Procurement your key responsibilities will be:

  • Developing and implementing a procurement strategy covering all elements of non-pay expenditure, allowing the business to act as a commercially focused and dynamic organisation, delivering innovative procurement solutions whilst achieving significant and sustainable improvements and cost savings
  • Ensuring company-wide procurement functions in accordance with the procurement policy and strategy, consistent with financial and operational governance arrangements that incorporate continuous development of professional practices in the procurement contract management, supply and distribution of products and services
  • Ensuring resources are primarily focused on delivering savings, process improvements, service redesign and supplier rationalisation, as required, to drive quality and value for the company while maintaining legal and effective contracts.
  • Giving professional procurement advice to other disciplines with procurement responsibilities
  • Implementing a category management approach to critical spend, ensuring that spend is effectively managed and that supplier performance is monitored and controlled
  • Implementing and maintaining a contracts database of all commercial agreements, and risk assess against a range of procurement and non-procurement criteria
  • Promoting contract management best practices and ensuring appropriate arrangements are in place
  • Implementing effective systems governing the selection and standardisation of equipment and consumables
  • Advising the executive team and heads of services on all procurement matters
  • Negotiate the resolution of complex commercial issues with suppliers and stakeholders.
  • Implementing efficient e-Procurement systems which improve efficiency and drive down costs.
  • Preparing, presenting and facilitating meetings and presentations to stakeholders as appropriate in a variety of media including spreadsheets and presentations for the transition and ongoing management of procurement processes.

Skills and experience:

  • Several years’ broad indirects procurement experience in a large complex organisation
  • Knowledge of supply and service contractual terms
  • Experience in management, training and development of staff
  • Experience collaborating with other functional managers
  • Excellent communications skills both written and oral
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)
  • Willingness to undergo any further training relevant to the position

Benefits of the Head of Procurement role include:   

  • £80-85,000
  • £6,000 car allowance
  • 10% bonus
  • 10% matched pension
  • 27 days holiday