Help shape a new procurement function at The Salvation Army

Help shape a new procurement function at The Salvation Army

Do you have experience of category management, identifying, and managing successful projects along with a passion to work for an international charity? The Salvation Army is looking for a general indirect category manager and a general indirect category buyer to complete its new centralised procurement department. This is part of a renewed vision for how it delivers and supports its mission. This new department is currently working on a transformation programme involving savings delivery projects and innovative process implementation.

We spoke to Andrew Roper, Head of Procurement at The Salvation Army, about the roles it is currently recruiting for.

Tell us about The Salvation Army and the work you do

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church and registered charity working in 128 countries, providing practical help and support for people at all levels of need. It has more than 800 community churches and social centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland and has been transforming lives at the heart of the community for over 150 years. 

What is involved in the typical role of a category manager?

I don’t think there really is a typical role or day for that matter. Professional procurement involvement is new to many areas of our organisation so this is a really exciting opportunity for the right people to develop their own category strategy and identify the projects they want to deliver.

What about the category buyer?

They’ll be leading projects in line with the category strategy as well as having the freedom to identify and manage their own projects.

It’s a very broad category, covering IT, Telephony, Fundraising, Fleet, Recruitment, Social Care and many more. I doubt there are many roles where there is the same opportunity to gain experience in such a wide range of spend areas, from servers to sleeping bags, fundraising to food.

What kind of person are you looking for?

We are looking for proactive people with a real desire to help shape our new procurement function and to make tangible improvements for The Salvation Army. They will need to have experience of managing spend categories, running tenders, and achieving savings. We are building a team with a positive outlook and a real desire to help.

Why would someone want to take on this role?

This is a really exciting time for The Salvation Army as we are continuing to work to drive a new culture that will enable the charity to deliver its message and care for the vulnerable and the procurement team is right at the heart of this. It is crucial for us to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us and it’s a fantastic feeling to know the successes we are having and the money we are saving is going to supporting those in need.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to further their career, get a great range of experience, and achieve things that really make a difference.

What exciting projects are you working on?

We are currently working on procurement projects to support our Homelessness Services Unit, travel management, lone worker solutions, telephony, fleet, temporary workers, fundraising, direct mail, online payments printing, electronic document management and that really is just the  tip of the  iceberg of the  projects we will be working on over the  coming months and years.

Additionally, we are working on eProcurement improvements to reduce administration for the front line also ensuring sustainable and ethical procurement.

What opportunities for training and development are there?

The Salvation Army has an excellent training and development programme and the successful candidates will be supported on their CIPS journey.

What tips would you offer applicants?

My one tip for potential applicants is to really research The Salvation Army to understand the things we do and the fantastic difference it makes.

Sum up what it’s like to work for The Salvation Army

It has an excellent and supportive culture and it’s fantastic to be part of something that makes such a difference to so many peoples’ lives. It’s a really exciting time to join the procurement team, with numerous opportunities to make a positive impact and to help us shape and then drive forward how we support this mission. 


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