Head of Procurement

Location East London
Discipline: Head of Procurement & Category Manager
Job type: Temporary
Salary: £500/day (inside IR35)
Contact name: Simon Burr

Contact email: simon.burr@langleysearch.com
Job ref: SB/8158
Published: about 1 month ago
Startdate: ASAP

​Langley Search & Interim is working with a public sector sector client in East London to recruit an interim Head of Procurement to lead the function into the next exciting phase of its growth.

About the post

Initially coming in on a 3-6 month contract, you will be responsible for leading, developing and delivering an outstanding procurement service to support budget holders using a business partnering approach that champions and supports the achievement of best value in procurement activities.

The successful candidate will support, encourage, and nurture excellent procurement and contract management practices across their immediate team and the wider stakeholder group. Applying your procurement knowledge combined with an understanding of the needs and priorities of the organisation, you will be able to advise, train and coach the team and others to ensure and inspire a high level of performance and high standards in contract management approaches.

Your responsibilities

In your role as Head of Procurement, you will be required to plan and design a strategic approach to operational delivery, improving levels of service to ensure optimal and consistent delivery. You will deliver value for money through procurement activity, ensuring quality and timely delivery, risk management strategies accompanied by appropriate contracts. You will ensure all members of the procurement team undertake a stakeholder relationship management approach to achieve a high standard of continuity and service delivery and you will identify training needs for the team and contribute to their development including mentoring, coaching and delivery of training sessions, demonstrating on-going commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). You will be responsible for maintaining the University’s procurement framework and you will monitor and develop procurement processes to seek to deliver continuous improvement and efficiencies. You will champion and support supplier due diligence, ethical attributes, and objectives in line with the organisational objectives.

About you

  • You will be a highly motivated individual, passionate about best practice procurement and committed to delivering results with high precision and accuracy.

  • You will have procurement leadership experience and/or senior category management experience in procurement within a public sector procurement environment.

  • You will be a proven influencer who naturally builds rapport and is comfortable developing strong relationships at a senior level.

  • You will have expert-level negotiation skills with experience negotiating high profile contracts.

  • You will either have, or be working towards, MCIPS accreditation.

Please get in touch for more details. All applications and enquiries meeting the above criteria will be carefully considered.

Langley Search & Selection Ltd is a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.