Director Commercial and Procurement
Director Commercial and Procurement
Office of the First Minister, Welsh Government
Terms of Appointment: This post is a permanent post. It is available to permanent UK Civil Service employees (recruited through fair and open competition) on a lateral and promotion basis. This post is also available on a permanent basis to those who wish to join the Civil Service and to those who wish to apply on a secondment basis.
Salary: circa £100,000
Work Pattern: This is a full time post, available on a full-time or job-share basis. It is expected that if you apply as a job share partnership, this arrangement is in place when submitting your application
Location: You may work from any of the four Welsh Government Offices based in Wales, which are located in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Llandudno Junction and Aberystwyth with regular travel across Wales to meet with stakeholders and staff (subject to lockdown restrictions).
We are supportive of home working and tailoring patterns to suit individuals’ circumstances.
In the short term the majority of post holders will be based at home/working remotely.
Purpose of Post
The Welsh Government wants to adopt a contemporary model of procurement that deploys public contracts to secure the greatest possible public value. We are seeking to appoint a Director of Commercial and Procurement who understands the potential of procurement to improve outcomes across the Welsh Government and the public sector in Wales.
Procurement is a crucial lever to deliver the Welsh Government’s ambitions for a more prosperous, more equal and greener nation. The Director of Commercial and Procurement will lead this work, driving the future of the profession in Wales, shaping procurement policy and delivery, and working across the Welsh Government to support wider policy priorities. This will require strategic leadership and direction in innovative / collaborative procurement in order to maximise public sector spend to drive wider benefits.
The role requires an individual who understands the wider policy agenda, including social value and wider community benefits, and the need to ensure value for money/effectiveness and efficiency. Understanding the pressures and sometimes conflicting objectives; and demonstrating strong collaborative/partnership leadership (internally and externally) will be vital.
The successful candidate needs to be attuned to the policy imperatives in Wales and can operate within the UK and international context.
The Welsh Government and the wider public sector regularly procure high value items where commercial negotiations could result in significant financial and non-financial benefits to the Welsh public purse and improve delivery of public services. The Director would not engage in all negotiations for all such procurements, but will be pivotal in working across the Welsh Government and the public sector, providing leadership and building capacity. They would provide assurance that appropriate negotiations are taking place and the negotiators are suitably skilled.
The Commercial Procurement Directorate is a cross Welsh Government Directorate and is accountable to the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd. The Directorate oversees development of the Welsh Government’s policy for procurement in Wales, providing advice and support to Ministers. It provides leadership to the procurement profession in Wales, as well as having oversight of the Welsh Government’s own procurement policy and practices.
The closing date for applications is at 12:00 on 11 May 2021.
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