Procurement Manager | Local Authority | London

After a period of rapid development, a large London housing authority is recruiting a Procurement Manager, to continue their established business partnering approach to deliver their procurement program.

The team looks after a spend of £500million, and the business has responsibility for 60,000 properties, so there is significant room for making a tangible difference to the experience of service users.

This position will play a key role, working alongside the Senior Procurement Manager to develop procurement strategies, and independently delivering a wide range of complex procurement projects. The work is varied and challenging and will suit someone who is comfortable taking responsibility and enjoys building strong relationships.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in Procurement within the Charity/Social Housing sector, demonstrating excellent knowledge of Public Contract Regulations (PCRs 2015).

Other public sector procurement backgrounds may be considered. 

In the role you will:

  • Manage relationships with internal stakeholders, front line colleagues, and external parties. 
  • Deliver a responsive, high quality, commercial and customer-focused procurement service
  • Support the development of company culture through robust and effective personal and team performance management arrangements
  • Manage procurement projects in compliance with agreed policies, procedures, project management methodologies and other internal controls to ensure that a high standard of probity is adhered to 
  • Report to the Senior Procurement Manager on all aspects of business activities within the relevant Procurement remit, including advising of new and innovative changes to the supply markets
  • Implement strategies to manage procurement risk
  • Maintain the Contracts Register
  • Provide supplier appraisal information and contract management support to business groups
  • Manage the commercial negotiation with suppliers, in support of divisional commissioning requirements
  • Ensure that contracts are delivered in compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements i.e. Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCRs)
  • Actively manage strategic relationships with suppliers in conjunction with internal divisional business areas, with a view to delivering identified efficiencies and continuous improvements over the contract lifecycle
  • Network with external parties to develop effective and collaborative supply chain solutions
  • Maintain a comprehensive and up to date knowledge of all relevant legislation, procedures and best practice 
  • To produce timely and accurate reports for Senior Procurement Manager, Head of & Procurement Director

The skills required by the Procurement Manager are:

  • Excellent knowledge of procurement legislation, standards, procedures and techniques relevant to a Registered Provider
  • Experience of and technical ability in a dynamic and developing procurement environment
  • Proven experience of managing and undertaking large public or private sector procurement projects
  • Experience in negotiating and managing contracts to deliver savings. 
  • Able to demonstrate previous experience successfully delivering in a customer-focused business, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction
  • Experience of building and managing effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability and experience in influencing, negotiation and communication of complex issues
  • Experience of delivering successful procurement programmes with employee, customer and stakeholder engagement, involvement and collaboration
  • Evidence of commercial acumen with a track record of successful negotiation and successful partnerships where relevant

Key skills we will be seeking in the successful Procurement Manager:

  • Drive
  • Service management
  • Commercial awareness
  • Project management
  • Relationship management
  • Risk management
  • Data analysis
  • Effective IT skills including intermediate MS Office skills 

Benefits of the Procurement Manager role include:

  • Generous matched pension
  • Above-average holiday allowance
  • Flexible working environment
  • Friendly 
  • Cycle to work scheme

To discuss the Procurement Manager role in more depth please contact Katie Dunbar at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to katie@procurementheads.com or call +44 (0) 7387 103143. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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