Senior Procurement Advisor

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We are currently recruiting for a Senior Procurement Advisor to join our team working in our Commercial and Procurement directorate!

As part of your role, you will ensure that procurement processes, workflow and delivery meet targets and quality standards, and that opportunities for improving performance are identified and actioned to ensure continuous improvement. You will be required to provide professional procurement support and advice to business units on all procurement activities including specifications and documentation.

The successful candidate can be flexibly based in one of our main offices in the UK, however, travel to other offices will be required. We have a flexible hybrid working approach, meaning the role will be a combination of office/site/agile home working. 

What you’ll be leading on

  • Understand fully the business need and provide specialist advice and guidance for stakeholders on Company procurement policy and procedures - to ensure that procurement drives innovation and best practice and is compliant with government frameworks and UK legislation/EU directives. 
  • Assist with the management of the establishment, monitoring and delivery of work programmes to deliver contracts and procurement activities using varied resources, adhering to governance requirements whilst minimising risk and vulnerabilities. 
  • Contribute to encouraging improvements in contractual and procurement knowledge and practice across the Company in line with public sector procurement frameworks - sharing knowledge and skills with others to disseminate best practice. 
  • Contribute to the management and maintenance of effective supply chain relationships with key suppliers and supply bodies at regional levels. 
  • Lead the identification, evaluation and selection of suppliers to support business requirements through developing tender documentation, chairing consensus meetings and producing Tender Evaluation Reports.

To be successful you’ll need

  • A proven track-record in managing procurement exercises (inviting/selecting tenders, managing contracts) and/or contract development work (with knowledge of some contract types and forms and their application to business need) and/or supplier selection. 
  • Experience working within the procurement lifecycle. 
  • Should hold or be willing to work towards the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Diploma (or equivalent). 
  • Strong project management and stakeholder skills.
  • Experience of e-sourcing or other electronic tendering systems. 

A bit about us

National Highways delivers a multi-billion pound annual operations and investment programme that includes some of the largest and/or most complex procurements in the UK.

There’s never been a better time to join our Commercial and Procurement team. 

We’re a growing, vibrant team helping to drive the most ambitious roads investment programme our country has ever seen. You’ll be involved in the design of our modern, progressive contracts and partnerships, negotiating best commercial terms, galvanizing innovation and producing smart cost estimates and plans.  Building in every opportunity to ensure that our customers and road workers get home safe and well every day while travelling or working on our road network.

Want to know more?
For a copy of the Job Description please contact quoting reference #4192


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this.  We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

An informal blended working approach has been adopted for many of our roles across National Highways. We offer many different ways to work flexibly and we’re open to discuss part-time working, job shares, and flexible start and finish times. 

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and blended working between base location/home
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year plus an extra 3 days to support the national Covid effort

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)

And finally 

We reserve the right to close before the advertisement expires

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