House of Commons seeks procurement chief

3 May 2013

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3 May 2013 | Helen Gilbert

The House of Commons is looking for a new procurement manager after it emerged the incumbent plans to retire.

The job, which carries a salary of between £46, 071 and £61,255 per year, will see the successful candidate act as a point of contact for the House of Commons and House of Lords on procurement for construction works across the parliamentary estate.

The job description states the candidate will be expected to provide expert procurement advice relating to construction and connected activities on the parliamentary estate including contracts for mechanical and engineering, maintenance, restoration and conservation of heritage buildings, and re-fits of existing buildings.

Last year it emerged that the Houses of Parliament may be forced to close for up to five years for renovation after cracks appeared in palace buildings with estimated refurbishment costs reported in the region of £3 billion. The House of Commons could not confirm whether the potential refurbishment would fall under the new recruit’s remit but the spokesman anticipated the procurement manager could be involved in “some way”.

Managing a small team of procurement professionals, possessing an understanding of the construction market and an ability to manage the purchasing cycle, are among the other skills required of the role.

A government spokesman told SM it was against policy to name the outgoing employee and he was unable to say when they would retire although he added it was “upcoming”.

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