Pall Mall, London SW1Closing date:
20 August 2018
Salary: £72,447 + benefits
We have an excellent opportunity for a Procurement Manager to join the Commonwealth Secretariat. You will be educated to degree level in a relevant business discipline and MCIPS qualified plus have at least 8 years’ experience in strategic procurement, with extensive experience of procurement processes and best practice, proven ability of leading, motivating and developing a Procurement team and experience of working with a fragmented user base you now have the opportunity to make a major impact in this vital role.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Corporate Business, you will be responsible for establishing and leading a new procurement team, who will manage external spend of circa £15m annually. You will be required to lead, embed and develop a professional procurement function, ensuring organisation wide compliance with procurement policy and process, in line with international best practice. The Procurement Manager will need to ensure continuous improvement of the function in line with achieving best value outcomes as well as leading and delivering procurement projects across a range of indirect categories.
You will be responsible for developing and implementing a Procurement Strategy across the organisation to deliver the targeted benefits and financial savings, in line with the Secretariat’s Strategic Plan. Taking a ‘hands on’ approach to delivering projects, VFM savings and efficiencies to the organisation will be essential.
The Commonwealth Secretariat is an International Organisation with diplomatic status and as such is not subject to UK Public Contract regulations or OJEU regulations. However, the Procurement Manager will need to ensure that all procurement activity at the Secretariat follows international best practice, while maintaining the organisations independence.
You must also be able to operate effectively in our multi-cultural setting and be a national of a Commonwealth country.
We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 52 sovereign states. Our aim is to provide sustainable and people-centred democratic culture and development through professional advice, transfer of best practice, and the enhancement of skills and knowledge, all to the betterment of over two billion citizens. Our efforts are concentrated where we have a clear advantage to add global value.
Closing date for this position is 23:59 BST, 20 August 2018
About the Organization
The Commonwealth Secretariat is the principal intergovernmental body of the Commonwealth, responsible for advancing and achieving the shared goals of the association’s 53 member governments in advancing democracy, development and respect for diversity. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General who, as the Chief Executive of the organisation, is responsible and accountable for overall leadership, management and delivery.