Head of Procurement

Goodman Masson
11 Apr 2018
20 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A London based trust of schools is looking to recruit a CIPS qualified Head of Procurement as soon as possible. The role will be based at the central offices with occasional travel to their large network of schools - so multi site/decentralised experience is a must.

Central & Trust Office contracts

  • Lead the Procurement team in managing all centrally held contracts such as insurance, utilities, ICT and other major contracts where the cost base can be minimised.
  • Champion timely end-to-end procurement processes (tendering, negotiation of pricing, contracts, SLAs and KPIs), stakeholder and supplier relationship management and regular meetings and supplier and contract reviews.
  • Working with the team to ensure that commercial negotiations and contracts are properly managed and tracked over the life of the projects

Procurement Framework Agreements

  • Review the current framework agreements on a regular basis to ensure suppliers and contractual arrangements reflect operating environments, have terms and conditions and represent best value for money in each category.
  • Identify, define, implement and manage further framework agreements to manage supplier risk and enhance value for money across all schools.
  • Liaise with schools to select suppliers in line with schools requirements and ensure technical details are aligned with financial efficiency.

Schools contracts

  • Lead on the process to identify, define, implement and manage preferred suppliers lists where the number of suppliers used across the schools can be rationalised and savings made.
  • Work with the Procurement Category Manager to support the schools in other contract management queries and tender requirements as per the procurement policy.

Audit Committee, reports and policies

  • Ensure that all updates, audit requirements and application of recommendations are prepared in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with the internal/external auditors on findings and management responses.
  • Bring to the attention of SMT and Audit Committee any particular risk identified or areas of opportunities that require high-level consultation.
  • Ensure that all policies and procedures are regularly reviewed, up-to-date and fit for purpose.


  • Assist the Finance Director and the wider SMT with specific procurement requests as required.
  • Lead the procurement work stream on any business development projects (mergers and acquisitions) and ensure that any necessary actions are promptly dealt with.
  • Ensure that all information and documentation available online is consistently up-to-date and that all relevant staff members are properly trained.

Line Management

  • Lead, develop and motivate the Procurement team to deliver a best-in-class procurement service to the key stakeholders

Key stakeholders

  • Heads and Directors of Finance & Operations at the schools
  • Senior Management Team at Head Office
  • Audit Committee
  • In-house Legal & Finance teams

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