Strategic Procurement Business Partner
Overview of Responsibilities
Who are we looking for?
RAICo Programme, providing all procurement advice and support to the RAICo programme, ensures the growth and success of UKAEA. RAICo Programme funding is £21M with a minimum of 50% identified for supply chain activities. To ensure that these fundings are used within the timeframes allocated requires dedicated resource allocation to RAICo and the typical contract values of individual projects will be in the order of £0.4M. You will need to be a seasoned procurement expert with an excellent knowledge of delivering public sector procurement to this value whilst ensuring that government protocol and reporting is adhered to. You will also have an active involvement in managing the KPIs on all Strategic contracts supporting the CPMs on all commercial aspects. You will report to the Strategic Procurement Manager and will work closely with the RAICo Programme Manager.
You will be directly accountable for leading, advising and representing the RAICo Collaboration on all aspects of procurement activities and responsible for defining and implementing the procurement strategy for the RAICo programme, capturing this within the RAICo Annual Plan. You will provide representation at RAICo Boards for presentation and review of proposed strategies and take full responsibility for compliance with the Public Contract Regulations 2015.
You will provide leadership & influence the direction of UKAEA. You may lead a team; authorise major project milestones & manage large projects. You could be a lead technical expert, possibly on policy creation with a significant contribution to the overall capability in the relevant field.
• Full responsibility for flexing additional procurement resource when necessary to meet constantly changing strategic deadlines and to ensure the delivery of organisational and RAICo objectives.
• Communicate effectively, actively engage with teamwork ethos, strong morale, and strong working relationships.
• Address and resolve conflict directly and constructively within the team and customers, including Senior Managers, Directors, and RAICo stakeholders.
• Prime procurement and commercial responsibility for ALL projects within the RAICo Programme.
• Identify and implement all commercial impacts of new/existing Commercial proposals and take full responsibility and accountability and inform the HOP of all novel and contentious issues.
• Implement contract management processes to ensure measurable performance against the requirements throughout the contract life cycle.
• Work with the Engineering teams to scope and capture procurement requirements for individual RAICo projects and programmes.
• Coordinate efforts at all levels with other members of the RAICo collaboration, to ensure alignment of objectives and outcomes.
• Have the skills, knowledge, and experience to understand, influence, drive and negotiate with internal and external customers.
• Supporting control of procurement costs within agreed budgets.
• Leading negotiations in respect placing high value / high complexity contracts and contract variations to support all projects and overall UKAEA budgets.
• £15M signing authority to commit UKAEA in commercial contracts.
Essential Criteria & Qualifications:
- MCIPS qualified
- Experience of Public Sector Procurement and knowledge of OJEU.
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to negotiate at the highest levels with suppliers
- Commercially astute and customer focused
- Excellent negotiation skills with some understanding of NEC Form of Contract
- Possess strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to influence at senior levels
- Relevant expertise and experience to act as the lead expert for complex/critical Procurement and Commercial issues and influence both internal and external stakeholders.
- Experience of supporting the needs and expectations of collaborations / consortiums and their stakeholders.
Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.
Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 08/12/2022. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.
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