Following several years of evolution, development and investment Ofcom’s Commercial Team provides valued and effective commercial and procurement support to the business. The team has significant commercial influence and plays a key role in ensuring Ofcom continues to operate efficiently and delivers value for money.
As a Statutory Corporation, Ofcom is subject to public procurement regulations and therefore adherence to these regulations and guidelines is essential. Whilst Ofcom has its own procurement policies and processes the Commercial Team also works collaboratively with other public bodies and organisations where there are benefits in doing so. As such, the role requires comprehensive knowledge of Ofcom’s organisational structure and governance and the ability to represent Ofcom effectively ensuring that interests are protected.
As Ofcom’s priorities and workplan develop the role is critical in ensuring that the procurement function is appropriately positioned and structured to meet new challenges. The role will also require proactive monitoring of progress on UK Brexit discussions as they relate to procurement legislation. Any required changes to Ofcom procurement policies will need to be addressed in a timely and effective manner in collaboration with the business.
Working as part of the Commercial Team and reporting to the Head of Commercial, the Principal Procurement Manager will provide professional and effective procurement and commercial support to the Business, with a particular focus on the ICT category. In addition, the Principal Procurement Manager will provide formal cover for the Head of Commercial as well as having line management responsibilities for the Commercial Systems and Data Analyst and one Senior Procurement Manager.
The role will be responsible for strategic sourcing (particularly for more complex and high spend projects), tendering, negotiation and contract implementation across the full spend portfolio in addition to building strong relationships with cross-functional Ofcom teams. The role will require particularly close working with the ICT Director and Head of ICT Vendor Management. Current costs, controls and processes are to be continually analysed and optimised. Contributing to the development and improvement of the commercial skills of the Commercial Team, the Principal Procurement Manager will help drive continuous improvement activity. The role will, in addition to business as usual activities, focus on the more complex and strategic procurement projects, requiring a very high level of procurement planning and management and interfacing with the Business at the highest levels.
The Principal Procurement Manager reports directly into the Head of Commercial, who is part of the Finance and Facilities Management Team sitting within the Corporate Service group.
Supporting (and covering for) the Head of Commercial in the provision of professional commercial and procurement services to the Business. Acting as the commercial lead for the ICT category.
The role will be responsible for the following:
Effective implementation of procurement best practice to deliver first class procurement and commercial services to the Business
Provide support to and cover for the Head of Commercial
Identify and deliver cost savings and process efficiencies
Proactive engagement with Ofcom client groups including providing effective commercial advice
Deliver against challenging personal commercial targets, ensuring overall team delivery
Assist development of strategic sourcing initiatives, category management planning and implementation
Development of supplier relationship and contract management programme to deliver improved performance, innovation and efficiency and greater value for money
Collaborative working with Crown Commercial Services and other Regulators and Public Bodies where there are benefits to the Business
Line management responsibilities for the Systems and Data Analyst position, one Senior Procurement Manager position and other positions as may be agreed with the Head of Commercial
Demonstrable recent experience of managing the ICT spend category
Demonstrable recent experience of Public Contract Regulations and OJEU procedures
Demonstrable experience delivering step change improvement in commercial offerings
Demonstrable experience of leading and managing procurement projects
Successful development of strategic sourcing strategies
Knowledge and experience of OJEU practices, financial modelling, data manipulation and report generation
Ability to work effectively under pressure and deliver to deadlines
Ability to engage effectively at all levels within the Business and across specialisms
Ability to effectively represent Commercial at high level meetings including Operations Board, PMB and the main Ofcom Board
Proven contract and risk management skills
Proven procurement skills in securing savings
Line management experience
Excellent interpersonal skills including a capability to effectively influence outcomes
Excellent stakeholder management and relationship building skills
Demonstrable experience utilising Crown Commercial Services and Government Digital Service Frameworks
Experience using BravoSolution etendering tool
Ofcom offers competitive salaries plus pensions and flexible benefits package.
Ofcom is an equal opportunities employer and committed to equality of opportunity for all. As an accredited Two Ticks employer disabled candidates who meet all the essential criteria of a job description will be guaranteed an interview. If you have a disability or special need and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please do so by contacting Recruitment@ofcom.org.uk or calling us on 020 7783 4050.