West Midlands Police is in the process of transforming how it operates as part of its WMP 2020 change programme (https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/keeping-you-safe/wmp2020/index.aspx) and as part of this review, investment is being made into how we let and manage external contracts. Indeed, with significant amounts of procurement activity being required to help to enable the force’s transformation, it is a really exciting time to work for the force and specifically the Contracts and Procurement Unit.
On this basis, the following opportunities have arisen to work in the force’s Contracts and Procurement Department, which is an ambitious, forward thinking function that acts as the force’s centre of excellence for all commercial activity.
Applications are invited for the post of Procurement Advisor in the Contracts and Procurement Department.
You will manage have responsibility for your own portfolio of procurement, developing a strategy for this work and then leading on the associated procurement processes for this area. Your expertise will be utilised to enhance the procurement capability in the organisation. Liaising with internal and external stakeholders, you will develop approaches and processes to achieve agreed outcomes and value for money for the force.
Specific Role Responsibilities:
- Use basic strategic and process tools, research and analysis to develop sub-category strategy and contribute to development of Procurement/category strategy.
- Undertake strategic sourcing and benchmarking of products and services within the category and produce reports as a result.
- Conduct market, product, supplier and organisational research to establish a base of knowledge about existing and future requirements and potential opportunities.
- Implement strategic supplier management processes to support the development of best practice, supplier relationships with the force and lead best value initiatives with key suppliers.
- Develop new contracts as needs, maximising value for money when doing so.
- It is required that the successful candidate be a full member of the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply, is conversant with current procurement regulations and is able to demonstrate commercial acumen.
For further information about the role, please refer to the respective role profile.
Enquiries can be directed to Leigh Jones, Head of Contracts and Procurement via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org