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Procurement Lead Officer

Procurement Lead Officer
Hours of Work: 36.5 per week
Salary: £40,461 - £45,536 per annum+ exclusive benefits
Location: 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD.

Hybrid working conditions are currently in place which means working remotely and coming to the office when required.
Close: 3rd April 2022

Are you a Procurement professional looking to be part of a new and growing team? Want to lead and manage complex procurement projects?

The WMCA is investing in its Procurement team and we're looking for a Procurement Lead Officer to be part of our expanding team.

We want to enhance, develop and grow the procurement function by providing a proactive solutions-focused service across the organisation.

Procurement plays a key role in the delivery of a wide variety of projects in areas such as Midland Metro, Rail, Sprint, Communications, Adult Education and Professional Services - to name a few.

Reporting to the Senior Procurement Lead Officer, you'll lead and manage complex and strategic local procurement projects and ensure effective delivery in line with customer needs and timescales.

You'll be part of a team of Procurement professionals raising the profile of procurement by increasing cross-functional teamwork, ensuring appropriate governance is in place and working with directorates to put appropriate procurement plans in place

What will you be doing?
, Provide innovative strategic advice and develop and implement appropriate procurement sourcing strategies that align to business priorities in order to deliver best value, innovation and robust contractual arrangements
, Develop and maintain appropriate relationships with internal customers, key stakeholders, and public, private and third sector suppliers; develops relationships with partner authorities and other government bodies where appropriate
, Raise the profile of procurement through the increase of cross-functional team working and networking with internal customers and stakeholders
, Management of the procurement portfolio for allocated support areas, specifically leading and delivering results on infrastructure and corporate services categories
, Support mobilisation post-contract award by leading on specific contract management processes, supplier relationship management, ongoing performance management and specific contract implementation meetings and processes (including grant funding processes)
, Our Finance & Business Hub provides essential high-quality, responsive, and agile enabling services to the West Midlands Combined Authority and its directorates in areas such as human resources, procurement, commercial investments, assurance and appraisal, financial control and administration, and financial and business planning and performance reporting.

We are a cohesive team of forward-thinking, insightful, innovative and high-performing professionals who, through our consultative and business partnering approach, influence, support and coach managers and senior leaders to help them achieve business objectives.

By doing so, we help to ensure sound decisions are made and it is in this capacity that we are seen as a respected point of contact within the organisation.

About you

You'll be an experienced Procurement professional, who has demonstrable purchasing experience with the ability to develop procurement strategies.

Experience of engaging and evaluating tender responses, able to undertake bid conditioning and clarification, debrief suppliers, award contracts and manage supplier relationships.

We're looking for a pro-active individual who knows how to get things done and works as part of a wider team.

You'll be experienced in end to end procurement practices and be able to work with your directorates to help them understand the importance of good procurement practice.

A confident communicator, with the ability to present information, proposals and ideas that engage the audience and clearly communicate the benefits of change.

You'll have experience of using electronic tendering system and intermediate proficiency using Microsoft systems.

The above provides a flavour of the experience, skills and knowledge we're looking for, you can get more detail from the job description at the end of this advert.

We would encourage you to read through the JD so you can fully demonstrate how you meet the criteria.

would encourage you to read through the JD so you can fully demonstrate how you meet the criteria.

About us

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.

About your application

The online Application Form you'll be asked to complete plays a key part in our recruitment and selection process.

We use the information you provide to decide whether to invite you for an interview.

It is important that you complete the Application Form as fully and accurately as possible.

You will be asked to upload a Supporting Statement (not a CV) and this should include specific examples which demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for the role for which you are applying.

Please click 'Apply' to be redirected to our online application site.