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Procurement Capability Development Specialist

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1 Nov 2021

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Procurement Capability Development Specialist. This critical role will lead the development of our procurement capability programme across the Trust and as such be responsible for; devising, developing and delivering a comprehensive suite of training resources to support our teams maximise the value of our charitable funds and manage risk when buying goods & services. So, if you have deep experience in procurement, are passionate about driving capability development in a collaborative way and have experience of managing organisational change, we'd love to hear from you.

This role will work partly remotely balancing your time spent in the office and at our properties and places with working from home. There will be an opportunity to explore and agree remote working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust.

What it's like to work here:

You will be based at the nearest National Trust hub to your location, though due to ongoing Covid restrictions working remotely will be possible. Occasional travel to our head office in Swindon or to other National Trust sites to attend meetings will also be required.

The National Trust's Procurement function sits within our Finance directorate, at the heart of the organisation. The team is all about driving excellence in Procurement across the National Trust, improving our organisational capability to deliver maximum impact from our charitable funds in service of our exciting strategy.

You won't work for an organisation with a more varied range of procurement requirements, spanning many different market sectors, including, construction, nature conservation, food & beverage and heritage conservation.

Annually our teams spend in excess of £300m on goods and services to delivery our strategy - working with us you'll be protecting unforgettable places for future generations.

What you'll be doing:

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, you'll be responsible for managing the development of procurement capability across the Trust to support delivery of the our strategy.

You'll be responsible for the design and delivery of our procurement capability development programme and collaborating with internal stakeholders and external partners will develop a broad range of resources and approaches to engage staff of all grades and learning styles

Who we're looking for:

To be successful in this role, you will need:
  • Experience of a leadership role in procurement and the ability to apply this to developing procurement capability in others and leading change.
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) qualified or equivalent level of experience.
  • Proven experience of a training/development role in large complex organisations and the application of innovative solutions to effectively reach a broad and varied audience base.
  • Experience of delivering training/ capability development workshops at all levels within an organisation.
  • Excellent people and influencing skills enabling strong working relationships to be built.
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