Procurement Officer – East Kilbride

East Kilbride or London 2 days a week / 3 from home


The role holder will lead complex procurements and a small team of commercial specialists. The role will deliver best-in-class procurement across FCDO global estate evolving our service offering from a transactional to a strategic enabling function that delivers commercial assurance to the wider Department.

The role requires an inspiring individual who has in-depth understanding and experience of delivering complex procurements (end to end) in compliance with regulations in a global setting whilst navigating complex industries and market trends, as well as, driving supply chain excellence across the procurement whole life cycle (category strategies, Delivery Model Assessments, sourcing and Supplier RelationshipManagement).

Additionally, the role will develop and maintain a pipeline of activity for the area of responsibility, supporting the development and delivery of complex and novel commercial projects. Review and challenge sourcing strategies, where appropriate, to improve outcomes.

Significant engagement with FCDO stakeholders will be required that include Regional Platform, Procurement Hubs, Policy, Directors, Specialist Representative Organisation, and Supply Chains to ensure that commercial service offering is translated into outcomes that are aligned to wider government and FCDO targets.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead development of Category strategies through the category management cycle from understanding the FCDO’s starting point in terms of spend, suppliers and estate portfolio through to developing options appraisals and mobilising sourcing projects in collaboration with Key stakeholders across FCDO Global Estate.
  • Influence senior stakeholders, affecting governance both internal and external including HMT, Cabinet Office and Ministers.
  • Implement and deliver the opportunities outlined in the Estates Category Forward Plans, including engaging and managing stakeholders, resources, internal and external dependencies; and transition plans and timelines.
  • Lead the development of category expertise and knowledge to deliver category plans and strategies in collaboration with global posts / leaders and drive local, regional and global supply chain trends and strategies that deliver high quality commercial procurement outcomes, whilst ensuring value for money.
  • Deliver complex procurements, ensuring high quality commercial arrangements, with robust specifications, Terms and Conditions, management principles, and measures developed in accordance with the selected route to market, taking cognisance of procurement legislation, Government policy, Government guidance such as the sourcing and construction playbooks and departmental policies and guidance.
  • Deliver annually agreed savings targets for the estates category portfolio through performance management of Commercial Estates teams, suppliers and working collaboratively with stakeholders.
  • Strong Contract management knowledge across some of the major standard forms of contract in use for example, (NEC, FIDIC, JCT).
  • Provide leadership and direction to a small team of commercial specialists developing a professional culture, commercial capability and skills that empower our people through

coaching, mentoring, sharing expertise/knowledge and bespoke training plans aligned to

Cabinet Office playbooks and promoting succession pathways.

  • Develop and manage supplier performance and relationships; advising and supportingSenior Management on key commercial issues.
  • Deliver stakeholder engagement plans that embeds effective business partnering drivinglong term strategic relationship management that ensures the optimum support, advice and delivery drives outcomes that ensures FCDO can be efficient and agile to deliver against its mission.
  • Implement commercial governance for the Estates Services in compliance with spend controls and present to the appropriate governance boards, and externally forums as required.
  • Contribute to the development and commercial cases of Business Cases & Sourcing Strategies (SOBC, OBC & FBC).
  • Lead Delivery Model Assessments (DMA) for the ESND category incorporating FCDO capability & maturity vs, external capability at both an overall programmatic and component level.
  • Work with wider FCDO stakeholders, such as Estates, Finance, H&S, FCDOS and other Head of Category to ensure consistency and optimising strategy development and delivery.
  • Travel within the UK and Internationally may be required to meet and work with stakeholders and their teams.
  • Continually assess global and regional supply markets to identify optimal solutions. Other information:
    SC clearance, as minimum.
    Qualifications and Experience:The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience: Essential:
  • Experience of developing and implementing category strategies and strategic sourcing in a complex regulated setting.
  • Strong commercial acumen with experience procuring complex construction or similar works/services in compliance with the Procurement Contracts Regulations with a thorough working knowledge of applicable EU and UK procurement legislation and contracts including, for example, the NEC suite of contract forms.
  • Experience operating in a matrix environment with the ability and skills to build successful relationships, enabling engagement with multiple stakeholders and the ability to constructively challenge decision making based on objective argument founded in fact and analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills you will be a team player who leads by example. Desirable:
  • Public sector experience.
  • An MCIPS qualification is highly desirable, but consideration will be given to candidateswho demonstrate this level of required knowledge through work experience, or have asimilar professional membership.
  • Flexibility, willingness and ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • International sourcing expertise

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