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Procurement Lead

North East England

  • Reference: 394751
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: £ Competitive + Excellent Benefits

  • Location: Thornaby-on-Tees / Remote Working

The Organisation

Nigel Wright is pleased to be working exclusively with North Star in their search for a Procurement Lead. North Star is a high-performing housing association, operating across the North East and North Yorkshire.  They build and rent high quality affordable housing to meet a variety of needs, including specialist supported housing.  They are committed to creating homes and building futures as well as investing in people at every level.
North Star are growing, leading the way with new approaches and thriving as a business. They hold Investors in People Platinum (IiP) standard and were awarded IiP’s Employer of the Year award in 2021.  They employ exceptional people and invest significantly in personal development. People are at the centre of the business supported by a culture of relational leadership where everyone has a strong voice and influence.

They offer hybrid, flexible working and excellent benefits.

The Opportunity

The Procurement Lead will have/be:

  • Overall Procurement responsibility for the whole organisation, including best practice development, implementation
  • Managing a varied contracts portfolio and key categories including IT, Utilities, FM
  • Reviewing contracts, identifying opportunities for efficiencies, value-add, sustainability
  • Procurement Lead upon key Projects
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with internal stakeholders, informing them as to the Procurement strategy and benefits to ensure early engagement with Procurement – promoting a proactive, consultative Business Partnering approach whilst ensuring compliance
  • Managing and mentoring one team member

About You

  • Proven Indirects procurement experience (Client is open to public or private sector) – mindset and cultural fit are paramount 
  • Confident negotiator and engaging communicator – resilient, comfortable with supplier interactions/liaising with internal stakeholders
  • Strong communication and influencing skills, accomplished relationship-builder
  • Excellent relationship-building, proven track record  – ensuring collaborative outcomes
  • Self-motivated, proactive self-starter – driven, resilient and tenacious
  • Energetic, forward-thinking – keen to implement new ideas - continuous improvement mindset
  • Values-driven and customer-focused

The Benefits

  • 35 hours per week
  • Up to 6% contributory pension
  • Free car parking
  • Flexible working/up to 3 days' per week remote-working
  • 1 week's paid leave for volunteering

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