A fabulous opportunity for a Senior Buyer - Generalist Indirects and IT to be part of a brand new team, in an extremely well respected charity who make a difference to thousands of people every day…
The Commercial and Contracting Team has been newly established to lead and support a wide ranging organisational and cultural change in our approach on procurement and contracting for our commercial contracts.
In this new Senior Buyer- General Indirects and IT role you’ll have a key role in supporting and influencing the implementation of these changes. There is a lot to do, but following a procurement review the organisation is fully supporting a more sophisticated commercial approach on procurement and contracting that is sustainable in the long term.
As commercial specialists, the team will support and influence the procurement and contracting cycle through support, training and guidance – building capacity, skills and knowledge across the organisation. This will not be simply limited to traditional areas of procurement spend, as the team will seek to maximise value for money and efficiency across the organisation. This will mean supporting the national office commercial development teams and grant funding areas on appropriate good practice and advice, as well as developing an offer to our local branches.
This new role will be working with our business owners across the organisation, but will have a focus in supporting the technology department. This is our most significant area of spend and the successful delivery of key technology projects will support client advice both now and in the future. This element of the work will involve working closely with our IT specialists to help deliver the best commercial and value for money approaches for the technical solutions they are seeking to implement and manage. Therefore a level of IT knowledge and experience is required, most likely through involvement in IT projects or spend whilst supporting other spend areas.
This role is offered as an opportunity for a contracts, commercial or procurement professional who is seeking to progress and equip themselves with additional skills and responsibility in their career. Training and involvement across the range of commercial areas covered by the team will be provided whilst working for one of the UK’s most respected and trusted charities. Most important though is your ability to influence stakeholders and manage project work, during this period of change and in the future as the role of the team matures and changes within the organisation.
Essential Senior Buyer – Generalist Indirects and IT Criteria:
Proven ability to lead high value procurement and commercial activities independently and to deliver value for money
Strong communication, negotiation skills and commercial acumen to ensure value for money in goods and services procured
Proactivity in identifying opportunities to improve value for money and efficiency, through developing projects to deliver improvements
Ability to work in partnership with senior stakeholders and understand their immediate business needs and longer term plans
Ability to work at pace, prioritise competing demands and design and manage several projects concurrently
Ability to analyse and interpret financial and other statistical data, understanding of budgetary processes and ability to produce clear and accurate reports
Ability to commit to, and work within, the aims, principles and policies of the organisation. Understanding of, and commitment to, equality and the positive value of diversity
Experience of IT projects and activities. Understanding of IT language commonly used and general approaches on infrastructure