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Senior Procurement Officer

Devon County Council
Exeter, Devon
£37,336 - £41,418 per annum + market supplement
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Specialist Area
Procurement, Category management
Job Level
Senior Executive / Officer
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Job Details

Senior Procurement Officer


Full Time - 37 hours per week

Location: County Hall (Exeter)

With Devon County Council strategic procurement, you will be part of a supportive and skilled team. We work collaboratively with DCC services and partners using a Category Management approach.

The role:

The role fits within the Council’s strategic procurement service and offers opportunities around Economy Enterprise & Skills, ICT Technology & Communications, People services, partner agency support, wider procurement disciplines and overall value for money.

The service is closely supporting the Council’s priorities which include digital transformation, infrastructure and the built environment, People services and Public Health, and Business Operations procurement support.

We are:

• Working Council wide in delivering sustainable futures;

• Supporting ICT and digital transformative change;

• Working as partner with People services and Infrastructure operations to support growing requests for procurement support. 

• Lending procurement support for strategic priorities such as Devon’s climate change response, social value, digital transformation as examples. 

• Increasingly providing procurement services for partner organisations locally for mutual benefit through collaboration.

We are seeking an additional Senior Procurement Officer to support these initiatives and more. We are seeking ambitious and energetic procurement personnel to join our team and develop your career paths as part of our team.

Devon supports agility and innovation through great technology and flexible work practices, celebrates diversity and welcomes flexible working practice.

We are looking for:

We seek proactive procurement professionals to join the team who can bring practical solutions and businesslike approach.  We seek procurement personnel to bring strategic thinking into practical reality and work closely with our team, with clients and partners to benefit the people of Devon. 

Working in collaboration with colleagues across the Council and beyond, you will be professional, organised, bring vision and highly motivated. You will possess relevant procurement qualifications or be part qualified and willing to further advance.  MCIPS qualification would be advantageous albeit not mandatory.  

You will have relevant procurement / commercial expertise for the role and bring a sound knowledge of the procurement legal framework and the ability to convey practical guidance to others.

For an informal discussion, please contact Gavin Punchard at or via telephone 01392 383 000. 

• DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity webpages.

• Happy to Talk Flexible Working - The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc. 

• We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

•  This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

• Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.

•  For more information about Working for Devon please our Working for Devon page.


Here in Procurement, we manage the process by which the Council acquires its goods, services and infrastructure projects, working right across the organisation to support all elements of the Council’s activities.

Our aim is to achieve the best value for money and service quality, helping to shape and support services that matter to the people of Devon. The work we do really makes a difference, and we see it everywhere we go.

To work in Procurement means to work with variety, creativity and precision. Our team works across all County Council services, including:
• Highways
• Environment and Waste
• Children’s services
• Adult services
• Corporate Business services, ICT and property

Working across all these services means great variety, and each day will be different. Your day may involve working with Procurement Law and developing contracts for service providers, or you could be using creative initiatives to design evaluation strategies and work to create informative, well-conceived and sustainable business opportunities for the market to bid for.

Throughout our Procurement team, we have a strong focus on learning and development. Besides a clear career pathway, you will receive great support from colleagues right across our team.

In return for your hard work, you will not only be part of a flexible work culture that encourages a healthy work-life balance, but you will also have opportunities to gain further qualifications within your area of work.

We want to ensure that you can get the best out of both your career and your experience working for Devon County Council, with one of the best procurement services in the south west.

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