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Procurement Manager

Job Introduction

We're looking for an enthusiastic and inquisitive person to join the Procurement Team as a Procurement Manager.

In this role you will manage a portfolio of procurement projects and lead the delivery of tenders and contracts for the Adults and Children's service category that will require the use of the Light Touch Regime. These projects will vary in value and complexity but the role will focus on over £100,000 value tenders.

You'll be joining a service that adds value and takes an active lead on decisions made across the City Council whilst supporting directors, partners and projects to ensure we're giving the best value to residents.

You'll challenge services and processes to ensure good governance and value for money.

Main Responsibility

  • Accountable for a portfolio of procurement projects from £100,000 up to £50 million to support the delivery of contracts.
  • Manage procurement projects in line with procurement regulations and contract procedure rules.
  • Advise in the development of procurement strategies.
  • Advise the drafting of tender documents including the approach to evaluation.
  • Undertake moderation and advise on the award of tenders as appropriate.​

The Ideal Candidate

  • A Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply to Level 4
  • Extensive knowledge of public sector/local government procurement processes and regulations.
  • Experience in the category of Adult and Children's procurement and commissioning.
  • Experience and knowledge of the light touch regime.
  • Ability to talk and engage with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to take responsibility for delivering own work and meeting agreed work objectives, working to local frameworks and guidelines.

Package Description

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Great holiday benefits - most roles include 28 days annual leave every year on top of public (bank) holidays, increasing to 32 days after five years.  In addition, there is a holiday purchase scheme allowing staff to purchase up to 5 additional days of leave each year.
  • Excellent pension – everyone who works for us can join the national Local Government Pension Scheme, widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity support and a childcare subsidy.
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits programme that includes a health cash plan, a low-cost bike purchase scheme as well as high street discounts and money off entertainment and travel.
  • Blue Light Card - employees working within social care can qualify for an additional range of discounts from national retailers and local businesses.

Our roles are either designated ‘site based’ or ‘home based’. ‘Site based’ roles can include up to two days a week working from home whilst ‘home based’ roles are based at home four days a week.  Of course, managers designate which category roles are in based on the needs of the service and the circumstances.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes City Council is a large, modern and financially stable employer with around 2,500 people working across our eight areas. Together we provide local residents and businesses with a wide range of important round-the-clock services and aim to make our city a better place to live.

We work hard because of the demands placed on us, like protecting children from harm or preventing homelessness. However, working for the city is always rewarding and everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference. 

We’re very proud of our diversity and are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community we serve. Whatever your background, you will be welcome here if you share our values of being dedicated, respectful and collaborative.

We offer great training and support and because of the size and scale of the organisation there are always new opportunities to explore when it’s time for a new role.

If you’d like to know more about how we do things and what matters to us, take a look at our short booklet What makes us Milton Keynes City Council.


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