Procurement Specialist / Senior Procurement Specialist, Jobs, Edinburgh, 2196
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Procurement Specialist / Senior Procurement Specialist - Edinburgh

Manufacturing and Engineering
Ref: 2196 Date Posted: Thursday 09 Nov 2017

HR Consultancy requires experienced Procurement Specialist for our Public Sector client based in Edinburgh. 


The roles will initially be on a contract basis for 3 – 6 months with the likelihood of extending beyond this or becoming permanent. 


The successful candidate will have a category insight (markets / trends / needs) or procurement delivery insight and experience and is responsible for the delivery of sourcing / procurement projects assigned to them.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Project planning and management
  • Engage with suppliers and service areas to develop procurement approaches that optimise value for money
  • Mentor and provide support to Trainee Procurement Specialists, apprentices and those involved in procurement activities
  • Ensure projects are delivered in the most commercially effective manner, based upon the Procurement Specialist’s deep and current market insight
  • Ensure compliance with Contract Standing Orders and relevant legislation
  • Lead the selection of appropriate suppliers and contractors, to demonstrate value for money
  • Promote good procurement practice including with regards to sustainability, ethical purchasing standards, equalities and delivering community benefits
  • Report on progress to Senior Category Manager, Procurement Delivery Lead, Senior Procurement Specialist or lead Project Manager where supporting a complex tender
  • Identify and manage risks and issues
  • Undertake contract handover process on completion of each procurement project, including identification of risk, issues and mitigation strategies, to ensure all savings and benefits are realised.
  • Ensure sourcing and procurement projects are delivered in the most commercially effective manner and take cognisance of all relevant policy and best practice drivers such as sustainability, social considerations, financial systems, etc.
  • Contribute to the preparation of committee reports, reports to directors and waiver reports
  • Deputise for Senior Procurement Specialists
  • Any other appropriate duties associated with this role


Experience / Qualifications Required:


  • A Degree or equivalent professional qualification – (relevant significant procurement experience and demonstrable competence may be taken into account in place of formal qualifications)
  • Current market insight, including current trends and needs
  • Ability to analyse and use data including market research, spend analysis and market options
  • Project planning
  • Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively both verbally and in writing and able to analyse complex issues, assess their business impact and resolve these effectively
  • Experience in an environment where strategic change and continuous improvement has been demonstrated.


  • Project planning and management
  • Engage with suppliers and service areas to develop procurement approaches that optimise value for money
  • Public Sector Procurement Delivery
  • Compliance with regulations and legislation affecting procurement
  • Promotion of sustainability, equalities and delivery of community benefits through procurement
  • Experience in the provision of policy advice in relation to procurement.


Immediate starts are available for the successful candidate.


If interested please forward your CV along with salary expectations and details of availability / notice period to or call Lindsey McBride on 0141 375 1036 for a confidential discussion.