Procurement & Contracts Trainee

Posted 2 days ago by NEST Corporation

This is a permanent role with a salary of up £27,000 per annum.

This role offers an opportunity to grow and develop into a Procurement Specialist over a 2-year period with a desire to complete a CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies) which will be covered by this role and offer training.

The Commercial Procurement deliver the procurement processes, policies and systems to manage all our corporate contractual arrangements.

The bulk of the Corporation’s expenditure is on external services. Third party spend is around £50m p.a. and growing. Procurement and contract management activity on the scale and complexity of NEST Corporation’s demands an exceptionally strong team of experienced people from a variety of backgrounds, including procurement expertise, programme and project management expertise, commercial negotiation, contract and relationship management and business analysis.

Although the Commercial Procurement team does not operate a Category management structure there are fourteen identified categories which make up the portfolio of spend. The Commercial Procurement team are therefore required to maintain a level of understanding about the category dynamics.

The portfolio of core activities within the team includes;

  • maintaining the contracts database which consist over approximately 250 contractual agreements (past and present);
  • annually procuring and letting contracts on average one new contract provision per week
  • annually overseeing the authorisation of approximately 200 Purchase Order and overseeing the management of a supplier database of 331 suppliers, conducting circ. 7 new supplier on boarding actions per month and an average of 3 supplier checks per month (for details to be updated on the database).

Reporting to the Senior Procurement and Contracts Specialist. The Commercial Procurement function is part of the Finance Department at NEST. This role will learn all the relevant procurement activites to become a Specialist and all the functions below will be taught either first hand or by off-site training facilities.

Experience and technical skills

The employee will be able to demonstrate the following experience and technical skills:

  • Experience of public sector procurement
  • Willingness to learn processes and build on experience elsewhere
  • An understanding of public procurement regulations and practices including the EU directives
Personal attributes required

The role will require someone with the following personal attributes:

Confident communication skills

Project management and planning skills, with keen eye to detail.

Commercial acumen

Personal integrity

Results driven with

Attention to detail and high level of accuracy

flexible and adaptable with the ability to re-prioritise

Proactive outlook with a positive attitude and a 'can do' approach to work

Flexible and adaptable approach to work

Professional and client focused approach

Required skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Public Procurement
  • Procuring

Reference: 34296729

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