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Procurement Lead Officer

Employer
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
Location
16 Summer Lane
Salary
£45,019 - £50,183
Closing date
18 Jun 2024
Reference
WMCA/TP/154/275

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Finance
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Are you a procurement professional looking to be part of a new and dynamic team? Want the opportunity to get stuck into region-shaping procurement projects?
WMCA has invested heavily in its procurement capacity and capability - and we are now looking to add additional capability to the team through the recruitment of this role. Working closely with the Senior PLOs and Business Partners, you’ll work towards the common goal of enhancing, developing and growing the procurement function by providing a proactive and solutions-focused service across WMCA. 
What will you be doing?
  • Provide innovative strategic advice and develop and implement appropriate procurement sourcing strategies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with internal customers, key stakeholders and public, private and third sector suppliers.
  • Raise the profile of procurement through the increase of cross-functional team working and networking.
  • Management of the procurement portfolio for allocated support areas.
  • Lead on specific contract management processes alongside performance management and specific contract implementation meetings. (including grant funding processes).
  • Maintain and update contract databases, ensuring KPI’s are measured along with other performance management tools.
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop an understanding of the need of the business to enable you to develop tender documentation.
About you    
  • Proven experience of purchasing alongside the ability to develop procurement strategies. 
  • Demonstrable experience of working with stakeholders to understand business needs. 
  • Strategic sourcing knowledge and experience. 
  • Demonstrable experience of stakeholder management.
  • Track record of delivering against targets.
  • Previous experience of influencing and working with senior management and stakeholders to endorse proposals, procedures and systems.
  • Previous experience of working with Public Sector procurement regulations.
How to apply. On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will be prompted to create an account. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV, which will be used to auto-populate your profile. Please note, we do not see your CV once you have applied. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to format your profile so that it really stands out. 
Make sure to include your employment history and include details of any essential education and qualifications. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement which should fully outline your suitability for the role. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form. Applications submitted without a supporting statement will not be shortlisted.
Reasonable adjustments.If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the application or recruitment process (for example, you might need to submit your application in a different format), please get in touch with our Recruitment Team (careers@wmca.org.uk). We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.
Salary and benefits.We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees.
Hybrid working, location and working pattern.We believe hybrid working is the best way for our organisation to fulfil our commitment to a modern, agile workplace while continuing to provide a great service to our customers. Hybrid working means having flexibility between working in the office and at home on agreed days, where a role allows. 
The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 2 days a week spent in the office. 
Creating an inclusive workplace.We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. We believe that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.
WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as the RACE Code Quality Mark, Armed Forces Covenant (Gold status) and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We’re a Disability Confident Employer with ‘Leader’ status, committed to interviewing applicants with disabilities who meet all the essential role criteria. 
We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.
We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.
Right to Work in the UKApplicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK, in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed. Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) will be required to hold a relevant Visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). 
Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.

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West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was set up in 2016. We're made up of 18 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Our goal is to make the West Midlands a happy, healthy, place to live. We do this by:

  • making it easier and safer to travel in and around the region
  • using derelict land to build homes
  • protecting our green spaces
  • making sure young people have the education and employment opportunities to make a great start in life
  • working together to support our communities and build a fairer, healthier and more inclusive West Midlands
  • tackling climate change 

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.

We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. 

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

Company info
Website
Telephone
0121 200 2787
Location
16 Summer Lane
Birmingham
West Midlands
B19 3SD
United Kingdom

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