Senior Sourcing Specialist – Procurement

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Senior Sourcing Specialist - Procurement
Interim Position

Norfolk 8349714861721

Posted: 12th March 2024 14:19
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  • Pay Rate:

    £22.53 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-4 months


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Interim Senior Sourcing Specialist - Procurement

Reference no: Norfolk 8349714861721

Pay Rate: £22.53 per hour PAYE

35-37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3-4 months


Contribute to the development and implementation of procurement strategies and sourcing plans for the specific category of expenditure through contracting activity. Manage demand through working with departments to coordinate requirements and maximize the benefit of market engagement to obtain sustainable outcomes and value for money for the Council and supporting the delivery of front line services.

Key Responsibilities

Strategically review the council’s commodities expenditure and support the development and implementation of a strategy and sourcing plan for the sub-category, providing a coherent approach to a range of procurement activity.

Co-ordinate a cross-functional view of business requirements through working with a broad range of stakeholders and thereby manage demand to maximize procurement outcomes in terms of value for money and sustainability, securing early procurement involvement in commissioning activities.

Develop an expert role in commodities and provide professional advice and guidance to appropriate Chief Officers & service managers on all aspects of purchasing to ensure compliance with contract standing orders and procurement law.

Using current market knowledge and appropriate procurement techniques, lead virtual teams in procurement activity including contracting, supplier development and contract management to ensure optimum service levels are delivered and negotiate necessary improvements in developing markets to ensure that effective contracts are in place that deliver efficiencies and support the service delivery needs of the Council.

Work closely with colleagues in other organisations to aggregate demand to maximize innovation, aggregation, best value and sustainable outcomes, understanding the appropriate category markets and sharing market intelligence strategically to optimize market approaches and engagements.

Support and execute procurement plans, which deliver the strategic objectives of the business, undertaking the purchase of appropriate goods/services contracts at the required standard and delivering best value within the scope of the sub-category

Work effectively with departmental representatives to understand, interpret and advise on innovative procurement approaches to ensure the effective commissioning, purchase and evaluation of delivered services.

Support the implementation of the new category management structure, including the implementation of processes and procedures including supplier and contract management.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • A professional qualification in procurement such as CIPS Level 4, or equivalent knowledge and experience


  • Theoretical and practical understanding of procurement principles and practices and the deliverables of Category Management.
  • Good understanding of specific markets within the wide-ranging Commodities sub-category.


  • Experience of effectively drawing together and working with cross-functional virtual teams
  • At least five years’ procurement experience in sourcing and/or contract management roles, working on own initiative
  • Practical commercial experience of purchasing.
  • Experience of employing innovative procurement approaches
  • Successful record of managing change and continuous improvement.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Good communication and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to identify and engage effectively with appropriate stakeholders, respond to their requirements, manage expectations and deliver effective outcomes.
  • Ability to understand complex markets and devise appropriate new approaches.
  • Ability to manage performance reviews and motivate others to achieve targets.


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Job Ref: Norfolk 8349714861721
Senior Sourcing Specialist - Procurement
Client Category: Local Authority

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