Senior Procurement Specialist, Jobs, Edinburgh, 2197
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Senior Procurement Specialist - Edinburgh

Manufacturing and Engineering
Ref: 2197 Date Posted: Thursday 02 Nov 2017

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


The role 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 deep category insight (markets / trends / needs) and/ or extensive procurement delivery insight and experience and is responsible for the planning and delivery of sourcing / procurement projects assigned to them.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage and lead end to end procurement projects, from inception to delivery
  • Operational management of resources to ensure that assigned sourcing and procurement projects and other tasks are completed on time and to defined objectives
  • Mentor and provide support to Procurement Specialists, Trainee Procurement Specialists and those involved in procurement activities
  • Undertake Individual and strategic project planning, development, management, implementation and delivery of associated savings and benefits
  • Identify, initiate, develop and deliver procurement related savings proposal
  • Engage with suppliers and service areas to develop and lead procurement approaches that secure best practice and optimise value for money.
  • Manage significant and complex sourcing and other projects (budget, people, stakeholders and deliverables).
  • Fully support the Commercial Excellence programme
  • Identify and manage risks and issues
  • Ensure sourcing and procurement projects are delivered in the most commercially effective manner, based upon their deep and current market insight.
  • Ensure compliance with Contract Standing Orders and relevant legislation.
  • Lead and manage the selection of appropriate suppliers and contractors, to demonstrate value for money.
  • Promote good procurement practice regarding sustainability, ethical purchasing standards, equalities and delivering community benefits.
  • 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.
  • Undertake deep and insightful market research, data analysis (including spend data) and option appraisal to inform complex sourcing and procurement projects.
  • Devise, develop and implement innovative commodity strategies and approaches for procurement contracts/framework agreements. Strategies and approaches will take cognisance of all relevant policy and best practice drivers such as sustainability, social considerations, financial systems, etc.
  • Develop optimum strategies for specific goods, works and services with contracts awarded on the basis of best economic value for money for the organisation.
  • Manage and support preparation of committee reports, reports t directors and waiver reports
  • Provide support and guidance to stakeholders to select Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for sourcing and procurement projects that are SMART
  • Deputise for Procurement Delivery Lead
  • Other appropriate duties associated with the role



Experience / Qualifications Required:

  • A degree or an equivalent professional qualification is essential. Relevant experience and demonstrated competence may be considered in place of formal qualifications. Significant Procurement and Commercial experience and demonstrated competence may also be considered in lieu of these qualifications.
  • The successful candidate must have the ability to work within a number of multi-disciplinary teams working to deliver specific projects. They must also have extensive practical experience in the provision of policy advice (within the public sector.)
  • Experience in an environment where strategic change and continuous improvement has been demonstrated is essential in this post, as is familiarity with the principles of change management.
  • The post holder must be able to communicate and negotiate effectively at all levels both verbally and in writing and able to demonstrate an ability to analyse complex issues, assess their business impact and resolve these effectively.
  • Deep and current market insight, including current trends and needs and/or extensive procurement delivery insight
  • Ability to work within a number of multi-disciplinary teams working to deliver specific projects
  • Ability to take sound and decisive judgements in a fast-moving and highly pressurised environment
  • Sound understanding of both the political and local government framework together with corporate objectives to ensure that decisions taken are consistent with the strategic vision.


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.