Advert for Procurement Officer (sub FTS)
The Procurement Division in Waltham Forest is responsible for taking a strategic view of the Council’s supply chain, internal and external, ensuring value for money contracts are established, strategic contracts managed effectively and performance and business intelligence used to manage external suppliers and challenge internal services. Our commercial approach to procurement and supplier management is key to delivering savings.
An opportunity has arisen for a Procurement Officer (sub FTS) in an award winning team to be responsible for ensuring the Council’s procurement systems work effectively and that users are supported accordingly in delivering value for money contracts (valued below EU thresholds only) and conducting compliant end-to-end procurement processes., whilst providing training to staff and across all partners. As a result the role contributes to compliance and also provides basic procurement advice. The postholder will deal with enquiries from internal customers regarding procurement processes/procedures/policy and systems, manage procurement processes for relevant contracts. The outcomes are key to supporting improved governance, processes and strategic decision making.
In fulfilling this role the post-holder will be working as part of PS Procure, selling procurement services to other public sector bodies i.e. London Borough of Redbridge, so will be required to work flexibly across multiple sites.
The successful candidate must have good communication, organisational and influencing skills and have experience of working as part of a cross functional team.
Development through the post will see you gain experience in the letting of a wide range of contracts, delivering savings and using the UK Public Contract Regulations to achieve the outcomes required by the organisation. Furthermore you will develop your practical experience of managing supplier relationships and negotiating contract changes whilst working and leading as part of a cross functioning team.
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.
We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.
The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives:
- Promoting equality of opportunity
- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage
- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.
- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.
Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.
To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting.
The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy