Brook Street Edinburgh is recruiting for a Procurement Specialist on a Fixed Term Contract for 9 Months. We are working closely with our Public Sector client based in West Lothian.
As a Procurement Specialist you will be responsible for developing category and sub-category contract strategies, leading on procurement projects, supporting the category manager in developing category plans and projects, providing procurement expertise throughout the full contract lifecycle, negotiating with and developing suppliers, analysing and acting upon spend data to achieve savings and investigating and contributing to collaborative contract opportunities.
Support Category Managers in developing and managing a category management approach to procurement.
Develop, lead and deliver category and sub-category strategies and procurement projects within the overall category programme, to ensure that savings and efficiencies are achieved, and provide reports to senior managers as required.
Provide support, advice and guidance to managers and lead on aspects of the procurement lifecycle, including market and supplier analysis and development, options appraisal, tender process, evaluation, data analysis and negotiation to ensure that contracts are delivered which meet the needs of respective stakeholders, follow the agreed Corporate Procurement Strategy and deliver savings.
Ensure contracts are compliant with council Standing Orders, Scottish, UK and EU legislation governing Public Sector procurement.
Develop and deploy expertise within a particular category to achieve Best Value procurement solutions when letting contracts.
Key Responsibilities / Current Tasks
Assist the Corporate Procurement Manager and Category Managers in achieving procurement savings targets and objectives of the Corporate Procurement Strategy.
Contribute to the development of the category team by assisting the Category Manager through all stages of the strategic sourcing process / methodology for the specific commodities - from the market analysis to commodity profiling through to supplier negotiations and the implementation and management of contracts.
Assist the Category Managers and Corporate Procurement Manager with reporting to Elected Members.
Assist and conduct tendering procedures, including consulting with stakeholders to develop tender specifications and establish evaluation criteria for contracts.
Ensure that tenders are managed professionally, by following the agreed Corporate Procurement Strategy objectives whilst complying with all legislative requirements and the council's governance rules.
Experience within a dynamic procurement environment.
A solid understanding of the council's Standing Orders and all applicable Scottish, UK and EU procurement legislation.
The ability to develop contract specifications, analyse tenders and manage post-tender clarifications and negotiations (where appropriate)
Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to produce and constructively present accurate and complex reports and act as an internal and external 'ambassador' for the Corporate Procurement Unit.
Strong presentational skills.
Experience of electronic procurement solutions, e.g. Public Contracts Scotland, Public Contracts Scotland Tender and PECOS.
MCIPS qualification or have a willingness to study towards the qualification.
Understanding of sound financial management practices.