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Procurement Manager (Commercial Practitioner)

Central London, Cheltenham, Manchester
£41,795 - £45,345 dependent on location, and experience
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Specialist Area
Operations, Procurement, Supply chain
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Procurement Manager (Commercial Practitioner)

Locations: Central London, Cheltenham, Manchester

Salary: £41,795 - £45,345 dependent on location, and experience

Flexible working opportunities are available including flexi-time, part-time, full-time, job share and compressed hours. Minimum 3 days per week in the office, with flexibility to work from home 1-2 days per week. Requirement to travel to other locations as required.

Procure the next step in your career

MI5 keeps the country safe from serious threats like terrorism and attempts by states to harm the UK, its people and way of life. We carry out investigations by obtaining, analysing and assessing intelligence, and then work with a range of partners, including MI6 and GCHQ to disrupt these threats. Through our protective security arm, we provide advice and guidance to government, businesses and other organisations about how to keep themselves safe. A role in MI5 means you’ll do unique and challenging work in a supportive and encouraging environment, making a real difference to UK national security. 

As a Procurement Manager in the Commercial team, you’ll provide highly professional customer service to internal and external partners. Working across a range of unique procurement projects, you’ll gather requirements, liaise with suppliers and keep customers informed with progress updates. With your experience working in a procurement and supply chain service, you’ll ensure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are met while providing sustainable cost savings and value-added interventions. And of course, you’ll apply best practice procurement principles to all you do.

We have Procurement Manager roles across three key areas. You could be working with our Customer-Facing Team, managing relations, developing commercial solutions and agreeing the future pipeline and prioritisation of the workbook. In Commercial Operations, you’ll take responsibility for policy, audit, finance and people development. Or, you might support Commercial Delivery across technology, estates, people and professional services, and the supply chain security team.

Whichever area you’re supporting, you’ll bring a high level of customer focus and commercial acumen to the position. You’ll act as a role model, managing a small team of your own and encouraging confidence through mentoring and knowledge sharing. Motivated and enthusiastic, you’ll approach tasks with positivity and develop strong working relationships with customers, suppliers and those around you. 

You’ll have, or be willing to study towards, a professional procurement qualification such as CIPS (or equivalent). And, you’ll have experience in at least one of the following: contract management, sourcing, procurement policy and assurance, supply chain or low value procurement and invoicing. 

Ours is a welcoming, supportive workplace committed to helping you fulfil your potential. You’ll receive plenty of support, from dedicated training (including opportunities to gain professional qualifications) to access to a number of friendly, inclusive support networks. We’re also proud to have achieved ‘Leader’ status as a Disability Confident employer.

This is an exciting time to join a diverse and welcoming function operating at the heart of national security.

At MI5 diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds. Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website:

To find out more and apply, please visit our website.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Full eligibility details can be found on our website:

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