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Senior Procurement Manager

British Council

Supply Chain & Procurement

KES Confidential
2 weeks ago

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Job Description/Requirements

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

Contract Type – Indefinite

Location – Kenya, Upper Hill Road 

Closing date – Tuesday 11th June 2024 at 23:59 UK time 

You must have the legal right to work in Kenya at the time of application. 

There is no relocation or sponsorship support.

British Council supports working in new ways such as hybrid working, subject to full approval by line management and conditional upon our ability to provide the appropriate level of service. This may not be appropriate for all roles but can be explored at interview. 

About the role: 

The Senior Procurement Manager is part of the Global Procurement team, The Global Procurement function is split into clusters and this role will report to a Procurement Director delivering procurement requirements within that cluster.

The Senior Procurement Manager will support the Global Procurement strategy and is responsible for supporting cluster initiatives.

This role will lead and promote cross-country procurement activities and ensure larger scale collaboration opportunities are considered or undertaken where appropriate. Working with the Global Category Managers, they will deliver the global and cluster approach at country/ cluster level.

Main Responsibilities 

Strategy and Planning

Supports the Cluster Head of procurement in developing the Strategic Sourcing plan for the cluster. 

Plans procurement activity according to spend profile and benefit realisation with the involvement of the Category management team.

Leads on the delivery of projects contributing to the Strategic Sourcing plan for the cluster.

Plans the annual benefit target according to project with an updated benefit pipeline. 

Ensures the cluster pipeline activity is kept up-to-date and update team and Procurement Director regularly on pipeline activity progression.

Supports the roll-out of the departmental learning and development strategy, to ensure on-going improvement in procurement capability. 

Thinks and acts strategically - balancing the strategic with the operational and helping to shape the long term commercial agenda 

Consultancy, analysis & problem-solving 

Consults closely with internal customers and other stakeholder to understand current and future business needs (likely to be on a quarterly time horizon), and plans work activities accordingly to ensure the services and advice they provide meets those demands 

Builds an in-depth understanding of the procurement opportunities and challenges facing internal customer(s), and of how those relate to wider issues across the broader organisation, to ensure the development of procurement governance and practices based on informed business insight and joined-up thinking 

Supports Procurement Director and other stakeholders in finding solutions to procurement matters raised applying advanced procurement sourcing knowledge to solve a range of complex business issues.

Devises non-standard or bespoke analytical approaches to understand complex problems and enable informed business-planning, decision-making and/or the development of new or improved policies and practice 

Deploys a range of specialist or bespoke approaches for procurement initiatives to support the provision of high-quality services and advice. 

Distils complex concepts and analysis into cogent and persuasive business case presentations, which convincingly influence decision-makers about the need for significant changes to policy or practice 

Service improvement 

Identifies and makes recommendations to Deputy CPO for improvements to ways of working that enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the corporate procurement, as well as the operational effectiveness of their internal customers.

Makes technical/professional recommendations which have a measurable impact on local business performance (e.g., in terms of efficiency, quality, reliability, mitigation of risk, productivity, profitability or customer satisfaction) 

Actively champions and monitors staff compliance with the agreed corporate policies and practices relevant to their area of functional expertise; investigating reasons for non-compliance. 

Seeks to improve business process for the customers benefit, contributing ideas to support the development of discipline-wide and customer-specific business plans and priorities. 

Functional expertise 

Provides expert professional advice, support and challenge to internal customers and other stakeholders to support the development of high quality, effective and continuously improving business practices within procurement.

Provides specialist, functional expertise advice or ideas into the development and implementation of corporate or regional change projects. 

Pro-actively pursues an annual cycle of formally recognised Continuing Professional Development to maintain and deepen their professional expertise.

Contributes to the development and delivery of training and guidance of other professionals in the field.

Commercial & Financial management 

Using agreed corporate systems and processes, plans and manages the core budget for their area of activity, and for any special initiatives or change projects for which they are responsible. 

Develops sourcing plans short term and long-term plans for each area of significant value aligned to procurement objectives.

Works closely with Category management team to ensure key benefits are being delivered aligning to the Category strategy and procurement best practices.

Applies judgement as a commercial manager. 

Relationship & stakeholder management 

Develops peer/personal networks within and outside the British Council to enhance own knowledge and expertise. 

Develops close relationships with designated SBUs to understand the complex nature of SBU’s needs.

Inspires knowledge sharing - recognising and championing the recognition of the work of others

Protects own reputation by building trust amongst business colleagues. 

Leadership & management 

Provides formal line management to a small team, consisting of staff both within and beyond the local office base. 

Drives change by engaging teams in change, communicating context clearly and modelling change for others, articulating a compelling picture of the future. 

Develops talent and team culture to get the best from the team, encouraging high performers, and managing low performers effectively.

Plans and prioritises own work activities to ensure effective delivery of diverse responsibilities and deliverables over a quarterly to annual time horizon. 

Determines work plans and co-ordinates input from others (who may be outside the direct management line) to meet specific objectives. 

Encourages social and ethical action, inspires enthusiasm and success. 

Seen as a role model of British Council behaviours and values.

Role Specific Skill 

Strong capability in Strategic sourcing

Strong capability in use and improvement of Procurement systems 

Strong capability in application of Procurement Best practice 

Strong capability in design, operation and improvement of Procurement controls

Capability to structure pricing models to support complex initiatives, establishing the best pricing tools to obtain optimal results 

Capability to lead teams in complex negotiations 

Minimum/essential requirements 

Extensive experience of working in a similar role at a similar level managing procurement projects and managing a team of procurement professionals.

Experience of managing bundling of existing outsourced initiatives, throughout a complex project for a single stakeholder. 

In-depth understanding of procurement processes and complex competitive bidding

Significant understanding of legal and operational risks.

Good understanding of complex contractual provisions and Supplier Relationship management 

Good business understanding 


Extensive experience with Strategic Sourcing and managing stakeholders 

Experience in managing procurement teams or Categories 

Language Requirements

The British Council systems and global processes operate in English. Written and verbal proficiency in English is required 

Education and Qualifications 

Undergraduate degree holder or has relevant experience in category Management / procurement 

Qualified member of a professions body, e.g. CIPS or other relevant body or equivalent experience

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