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Head of Procurement

Leeds City Council
Leeds, West Yorkshire
DIR 52.5 - £66,373 to £72,811
Closing date
25 Jun 2023

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Specialist Area
Job Level
Director / Head / VP / CPO
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
Non CIPS member

Procurement and commercial leadership roles

Procurement and Commercial Services (PACS) is a trusted internal provider at the heart of procurement and commercial activity within Leeds City Council. PACS is a forward-thinking multidisciplinary service, and our adaptable and outcomes focused staff continually develop innovative and market-leading practice to maximise outputs, add value and help achieve the council’s Best City Ambition.

We have reviewed our Procurement and Commercial Service and identified new leadership opportunities within the procurement and commercial teams.


PACS procurement team uses a category management approach and provides services with industry insights, knowledge and expertise to help shape procurement activity in relation to Leeds City Council’s £1bn annual external spend.

Head of Procurement £66,373 to £72,811

As our next Head of Procurement, you will provide leadership to the council’s team of about 50 procurement and social value officers and be the council representative in relation to procurement matters at a regional and national level.

Working with senior officers from across the council, you will develop and embed the council’s new procurement strategy, together with a new supplier and market engagement strategy, with a particular focus on inclusive growth and zero carbon.

As a key part of the council’s Core Business Transformation Programme, you will oversee the adoption of efficient user-friendly procurement policies and practices and identify opportunities for innovation and use of technology in procurement and purchasing processes.

Benefits of working with us

We pride ourselves on offering the best employee experience, with a genuine commitment to keeping our colleagues safe and well at work. You can expect a range of staff benefits whilst working for us including:

  • a competitive pay progression structure and the opportunity to join the West Yorkshire Pension Fund – one of the most generous pension funds in the UK flexible career paths with tailored personal and professional development support for you, your home and your family including personal, and financial support flexible working arrangements including a hybrid model between home and office-based working, flexitime and a generous leave entitlement a strong and robust organisation founded on excellent leadership and sound equality, diversity and inclusion policies and practices, built on shared core values

How to apply

Please submit your application by following this link to the Leeds City Council jobs site:

To apply for this role, please upload your CV and a personal statement of no more than 500 words to explain why you are suitable for the role.

If you are interested in more than one role, please select a role to apply for and specify in your personal statement which other vacancies you wish to be considered for.

If you have any queries or would like to arrange an informal conversation about these roles please email Kieron Dennett, Head of Procurement and Commercial Services, on 

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 03 July 2023 for the Head of Procurement and Head of Commercial roles, and during the week commencing 10 July 2023 for the Senior Category Manager and Strategic Commercial Business Partner roles.

We promote diversity and want a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds and the communities we serve. Leeds City Council is an Inclusive employer, ranked 70 on the Stonewall top 100 employers 2023 list. We are also an Age friendly employer, a Mindful employer and a Disability Confident leader.

All new Leeds City Council appointments are made subject to the satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.

This role is based in the UK. Employment is conditional on confirmation of the right to work in the UK - either as a UK or Irish citizen, under the EU Settlement scheme or having secured any other relevant work visa. If you do not have the right to work in the UK and the role does not meet eligibility for sponsorship, please consider carefully whether you meet the eligibility to apply.

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