Senior Procurement Associate
Start date: asap
Location: Waterloo, London
The Challenge’s vision is a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others. We believe everyone benefits when people from all walks of life come together to better know, understand and trust each other. This also applies to the people we employ to work with us. As an equal opportunities employer our aim is to have a diverse workforce to reflect the communities we work in.
This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, rapidly growing organisation, working with young people and local communities across the country.
About the role
The Senior Procurement Associate will be responsible, under the management of the Phase 2 Procurement Manager, for the efficient and cost effective procurement of a range of products and services, in support of The Challenge’s delivery of NCS. NCS is a government-funded programme that brings people together from diverse backgrounds, empowering participants to meaningfully change their local communities and gain new life skills. In 2018, this will mean helping to oversee the provision of nearly 40,000 places at university style accommodation, as well as the transport, food and equipment required to support programme delivery.
- Support the Phase 2 Procurement Manager in residential accommodation management.
- Portfolio management: work with and help to further develop an existing portfolio of residential accommodation and food providers.
- Procurement processes: help manage the sourcing of accommodation and equipment, including contract preparation.
- Maintain the warehouse and organise deliveries of resources and equipment to and from it.
- Produce inventories of resources and equipment and track their distribution.
- Responsible for overseeing the Procurement team’s involvement in transport provision.
- Assist the Finance Team by monitoring and evaluating spending on food, equipment and transport.
- Negotiation: work alongside the rest of the Procurement team on developing and implementing negotiation strategy.
- Help the team to meet demanding budget targets.
- Problem solving: monitor quality of service and ensure that complaints and issues are appropriately resolved.
- Interdepartmental coordination: working with operational departments across the organisation to ensure that the Procurement team delivers the resources required to support NCS.
Skills and experience
- A commitment to the mission and values of The Challenge and an understanding of how these relate to the functions of the Procurement Team.
- Experience of undertaking detailed administrative tasks within a team.
- A desire for deeper understanding of key areas of responsibility, particularly residential accommodation markets.
- A track record of developing creative and effective responses to challenging strategic problems.
- Effective communication skills and the ability to form and maintain business relationships.
- Ability to achieve value for money through successful negotiations.
- Strong numerical skills including a good working knowledge of Excel and a familiarity with financial processes.
- Able to plan and prioritise effectively when carrying out multiple simultaneous projects.
- Outstanding organisational skills and commitment to detail and accuracy, including experience of contract management.
- Able to work collaboratively with people across various departments and locations.
- Desire for continuous improvement by seeking and sharing feedback.
- Learns from their mistakes and always commits to performing at their best.
- CIPS qualification
- Experience of financial forecasting
The Challenge is committed to safeguarding and protecting the young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our programmes.
We expect all staff and post holders to share this commitment to safeguarding by ensuring compliance with our policies and practices.
Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.
In addition to being part of a fun, dynamic and challenging workforce, we are proud to offer an attractive benefits package including contributory pension, Simplyhealth cash plan, Ride 2 Work, childcare vouchers, season ticket travel card loan etc. to eligible employees.
- Status: This is a full-time, Permanent position
- Salary: £27,000-30,000 per annum
- Interview process: Interviews for this position will commence the week starting Monday 12th February 2018 and will be closed once a suitable candidate is found