Procurement Officer

The General Dental Council
Birmingham, UK
07 Sep 2019
25 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Procurement Officer

1 Colmore Square, Birmingham

Our purpose is to protect the public by regulating all dentists and dental care professionals working in the UK.

Job Purpose

To deliver effective procurements, ensuring that all General Dental Council procurement complies in full with Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and that best value for money is obtained.
• To advise the management team and our employees on procurement issues including leading in the negotiation of key contracts and service level agreements
• To identify, capture and record efficiency savings through procurement excellence.
• Maintain best practice to achieve procurement excellence, ensuring that it is understood, valued and followed by colleagues.
• Support the Procurement Manager in change management initiatives relating to procurement and provide procurement support to managers to effect continuous business improvement, achieve best value for the Council and secure efficiency savings through effective contract management.
• To provide procurement expertise to Finance colleagues on the management of the Purchase Order system, to ensure that its use and reporting is maximised, to achieve best value purchasing.
• To be responsible for ensuring that Council policies on equality and diversity are embedded within the procurement system.
• Undertake key contract negotiation on behalf of the Council for the provision of goods and services.
• Ensure that the Council tendering process is adhered to in the review of supplier contracts.
• Negotiate and monitor contracts to ensure that legal requirements and best value for the Council is obtained, including assisting in the preparation of exception reporting for management and the Audit Committee.
• Work with Finance colleagues to identify procurement activity and update the procurement pipeline with new procurement requests
• Maintain a high level of professionalism, which will entail keeping abreast of new relevant developments and legislative changes, and be willing to undertake any training courses to improve his/her expertise for the role.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Knowledge
• Actively pursuing a CIPS qualification or recognised Purchasing Qualification.
• Understanding of PRINCE II methodology.

• Experience of procurement management in a Public Contracts Regulations 2015 compliant environment, including detailed knowledge and experience of public sector and EC tendering procedures and associated legislation, with a good understanding of contract law.
• Experience of leading strategic procurement projects within a similar environment, dedicated to providing detailed goods and services contracts, involving drafting tenders, negotiating and establishing contracts, and undertaking the commercial evaluation of complex tender bids.

Skills and Abilities
• Communicates the strategic objectives for procurement, in accordance with the organisation's overall business plan, and expresses them in terms which are meaningful and motivating to staff.
• Influences to ensure best practice is adhered to.
• Build and maintain effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and customers.
• A demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity.

In return for your commitment, you can look forward to working for an organisation that offers an attractive package of benefits including a generous pension scheme, flexi-time and 25 days' annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 5 years' service).

The General Dental Council values equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date: 23:59 on Monday 23rd September

Interviews: w/c 30th September

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