Procurement Manager at British Council

On Friday, August 1st, 2014

The British Council is UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. 

We build trust and understanding between people worldwide by enabling them to share ideas and knowledge.

Procurement Manager
We are seeking to recruit an experienced, proactive and dynamic Procurement professional with overall responsibility for managing procurement for the British Council Kenya and our Regional Office based in Nairobi. 
The post holder will lead on all aspects of procurement and will ensure that the procurement strategy is followed and that commercial and professional good practice is adopted across all teams.

The post holder will be required to lead the sourcing process, prepare tender and contract documentation and undertake tender briefings and negotiations with external suppliers in relation to purchases, developing supplier risk plans and liaising with appropriate staff.

Key areas of responsibilities:-
  • Managing the supplier and stakeholder relationships and negotiating supplier agreements.
  • Negotiating with suppliers on behalf of British Council Kenya to obtain the best possible purchasing terms and conditions.
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of vendors.
  • Leads the sourcing process and run tendering exercises in line with British Council global policy.
  • Liaise with all teams to ensure a consistent approach to strategic sourcing.
  • Ensure best practice frameworks are in place to deliver value for money, and be able to identify and secure savings for the organisation.
  • Monitor compliance with corporate procurement policies and standards, code of conduct, operating guidelines and local regulations.
  • Advice and guidance to operational teams throughout the procurement lifecycle.
  • Procurement training.
  • Work within, and make a significant contribution to a high performing Business Support Services team.
Qualification and Experience
  • A relevant degree level qualification (Finance and/or Business and/or Management).
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS)/other relevant professional accreditation.
  • Good understanding of local, European and UK Public Sector procurement rules and legislation.
  • Strong relationship building, negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Financial, Business and Management skills.
  • Market analysis and business intelligence.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in comparable roles.
Applicants who meet the essential requirements of the post should visit and follow the instructions in the How do I Apply section carefully.
The British Council is committed to a Child Protection Policy: applications will be considered only for candidates who declare their agreement to the policy.

Deadline for receiving applications is 16th August 2014. 
Please disclose your current package in your application. 
Only candidates who are successful during short-listing will be contacted.

British Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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