Procurement Manager

Recruiter
The Challenge
Location
London (Greater)
Salary
£32,000 - £36,000 per annum subject to experience
Posted
05 Oct 2017
Closes
06 Nov 2017
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Procurement Manager

Start date: 6th November 2017 or as soon as possible

Location: Waterloo, London

The Challenge

The Challenge’s vision is a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others. We believe everyone benefits when people from all walks of life come together to better know, understand and trust each other. This also applies to the people we employ to work with us. As an equal opportunities employer our aim is to have a diverse workforce to reflect the communities we work in.

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, rapidly growing organisation, working with young people and local communities across the country. For more information about what The Challenge does and what its values are, please visit our website.

About the role

You will work with and help to further develop an existing portfolio of residential accommodation and food providers. In 2017/18, this will mean overseeing the provision of nearly 35,000 places at university style accommodation, as well as the transport, food and equipment required to support programme delivery. The total budget will be in excess of £7 million. The role will work alongside the rest of the team to help set the strategic direction of the Procurement team. The Procurement Manager will report to the Senior Procurement Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Strategic planning: leading work to ensure that the Procurement team is able to effectively support the continued growth of NCS. This will include taking responsibility for developing pilots and designing new ways of working.
  • Portfolio management: work with and help to further develop an existing portfolio of residential accommodation and food providers.
  • People management: leading, managing and motivating a small team.
  • Procurement processes: manage the sourcing of accommodation and equipment, including contract preparation.
  • Negotiation: work alongside the rest of the Procurement team on developing and implementing negotiation strategy.
  • Budget responsibility: meet demanding budget targets and oversee detailed financial processes and plans.
  • Problem solving: monitor quality of service and ensure that complaints and issues are appropriately resolved.
  • Interdepartmental coordination: working with operational departments and senior leadership across the organisation to ensure that the Procurement team delivers the resources required to support NCS.

Skills and experience

Essential

  • A commitment to the mission and values of The Challenge and an understanding of how these relate to the functions of the Procurement Team.
  • Experience of managing and motivating a small, focused team.
  • A desire for deeper understanding of key areas of responsibility, particularly residential accommodation markets.
  • A track record of developing creative and effective responses to challenging strategic problems.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to form and maintain business relationships.
  • Ability to achieve value for money through successful negotiations.
  • Strong numerical skills including a good working knowledge of Excel and a familiarity with financial processes.
  • Able to plan and prioritise effectively when carrying out multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Outstanding organisational skills and commitment to detail and accuracy, include experience of contract management.
  • Able to work collaboratively with people across various departments and locations.
  • Desire for continuous improvement by seeking and sharing feedback.
  • Learns from their mistakes and always commits to performing at their best.

Desirable

  • Procurement experience in the public, private, charity sector
  • CIPS qualifications or working towards them

Safeguarding Statement

The Challenge is committed to safeguarding and protecting the young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our programmes.

We expect all staff and post holders to share this commitment to safeguarding by ensuring compliance with our policies and practices.

Employment Screening

Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.

Further Details

In addition to being part of a fun, dynamic and challenging workforce, we are proud to offer an attractive benefits package including contributory pension, Simplyhealth cash plan, Ride 2 Work, childcare vouchers, season ticket travel card loan etc. to eligible employees.

  • Status: Full-time
  • Salary: £32,000 - £36,000 per annum subject to experience
  • To apply: Please apply by sending your CV and cover letter via the button below, vacancy closes by Friday 20th October 2017
  • Interview process: their will be two rounds of interviews the first will begin on Monday 9th October. If we find a suitable candidate before 20th October the advert will be taken down.

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