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Head of Procurement

Location: London, UK
Closing date: 10 April 2017

£72,447 p/a plus benefits

The Corporate Services has responsibility for a wide range of services in the Commonwealth Secretariat comprising finance and management information; procurement; IT; conference and event management, resource mobilisation and technical assistance.

The successful candidate will have a Degree and will be MCIPS qualified. You must have an extensive and impressive work record in procurement processes and best-practice; at least five years’ background in strategic procurement; and experience of leading, motivating and developing a professional team to establish a new, pro-active and dynamic procurement team.

You will develop and implement a procurement strategy that delivers targeted benefits and financial savings; ensures VFM, efficiencies and compliance right across the organisation; and continuously develops your team.

This will involve working closely with colleagues in finance to implement new systems; developing services which protect our commercial interests and comply with local and national legislations; providing support and advice while working flexibly across our divisions and units; promoting a positive image both internally and externally; shaping, guiding and implementing changes; ensuring annual forward-planning is executed; and preparing regular and ad-hoc reports which facilitate rapid decision-making.

Your experience should include working with a fragmented user-base; leading change-initiatives including the implementation and development of electronic procurement systems and processes; and winning stakeholder buy-in.

We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 52 sovereign states. Our aim is to provide sustainable and people-centred democratic culture and development through professional advice, transfer of best practice, and the enhancement of skills and knowledge, all to the betterment of over two billion citizens. Our efforts are concentrated where we have a clear advantage to add global value.

The closing date for this role is 17:00 BST, 10 April 2017.

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