The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) are partnering exclusively with Robertson Bell to recruit a Procurement Manager on an initial 18-month Fixed Term Contract to lead the organisation’s procurement function through an exciting period of change.
NFCC is primarily a membership organisation, which holds charitable status, and exists to provide support to its members who are the most senior employees of the UK Fire and Rescue Service. The charitable objects of the Council, as set out in the Articles of Association, are to reduce the loss of life, personal injury and damage to property, and the environment, by improving the quality of firefighting, rescue, fire protection and fire prevention in the United Kingdom.
The aim of the Council is to support members to fulfil their leadership role in improving the wellbeing of local communities in all matters relating to FRS activities.
Reporting into the Head of Corporate Services, the Procurement Manager will deliver best value commercial outcomes to ensure continuity of supply and that best value is achieved for the National Fire Chiefs Council charity.
The key responsibilities will be to:
- Utilise best practices to profile, benchmark, research and assess the relevant markets, risks, competition, trends, and new opportunities to ensure continuity of supply and that best value is achieved.
- Influence business strategy to deliver the best commercial outcomes through proactive engagement with stakeholders and influencing specific business areas to achieve objectives.
- Manage and develop supplier relationships and on-going negotiations using procurement tools such as cost trend analysis, interpreting complex financial models and supplier performance reviews to deliver performance in cost, service and quality.
- Provide and oversee the delivery of a comprehensive range of procurement advice to customers and stakeholders, to ensure that the integrity and legal implications of any procurement policies and activities are fully identified and addressed.
- Produce procurement strategies collaboratively with stakeholders and customers, and develop a deep understanding of the supply market and business context.
- Provide continuity through a planned transition from tender and contract award, to contract management, which protects commercial gains and knowledge, manages risk, ensuring that commercial risks are identified and managed at all stages of procurement.
- Lead on commercial management and contract negotiations, and where appropriate to contracts and suppliers, implement and manage continuous improvement processes to maximise value delivery from the contract and eliminate waste.
- Effectively manage programmes of work, determining priorities, forward planning, and ensuring customer and stakeholder needs are met.
- Ensure all procurement and commercial practices are delivered in accordance with audit regulations, Procurement Standing Orders and EU Directives.
Essential requirements are:
- Knowledge and application of best practice procurement processes within the Charity sector.
- Membership with the Chartered Institute of Procurement or Supply, or qualified to at least CIPS level 4 and working towards (or committed to doing so) CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.
- Experience of post award contract management and supplier management.
- Excellent negotiation skills with a proven ability to be able to persuade and influence.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders.
- Great IT skills including the use of various internal and external procurement databases, SharePoint, Microsoft Office products, especially Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Also, the ability to apply such standards as MSP and PRINCE2 methodology is key.
This is an urgent requirement meaning that applications are being reviewed upon receipt so, please do not hesitate to submit your CV now if you are interested in this role and hold the required experience, as this position is likely to be filled prior to the advert close date.
At present, this role will be worked fully remotely however, may require occasional travel into Birmingham or London.
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