Senior Procurement Manager

City of Westminster, London (Greater)
Starting salary £38,625 plus Market Sector Allowance
17 Nov 2021
29 Nov 2021
Specialist Area
Contracts, Procurement
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member


Main objective 

  • To manage procurement exercises throughout the procurement lifecycle, providing advice and support to clients. 
  • To work independently and confidently when leading procurement exercises.  
  • To plan and deliver the best commercial and required outcomes for the business in addition to a compliant process and result. 
  • Identify opportunities to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and economy through procurement activity such as developing the use of frameworks and other related procurement route options. 


Key internal and external relationships 

Customers in the In-House Services and Estates Team that delivers construction projects on the Parliamentary estate 

External suppliers to Parliament and framework providers. 


Main responsibilities 

No line management or budgetary responsibilities are envisaged although this may change as the organisation develops 

Other responsibilities of the post 

  • Assisting the relevant Head of Procurement in forecasting, planning and resourcing procurement projects as well as participating in the development of a regularly reviewed forward plan and category team objectives. 
  • Be highly flexible and undertake any other grade-appropriate duties according to the need of the service, including possible transfer between categories (by agreement). 


Person specification 

The qualifications required for the post are

Level 5 CIPS diploma or equivalent experience or qualifications 

The knowledge, skills and experience required for the post are outlined below. Each element will be assessed in the examples you provide in your application form. Should you be shortlisted these areas will be assessed in more depth at interview and, if appropriate, in a test. 

Our Values 

The House of Lords Administration has four values: respect, inclusivity, professionalism and responsibility. Our behaviours sit alongside our values, translating them into day-to-day actions and demonstrating how we bring our values to life. They outline what we can expect from each other at work and ensure we all play our part in building an inclusive and respectful workplace culture. 

The values and behaviours are applicable to everyone who works for the House of Lords. As colleagues and representatives of the Administration, everything we do and say counts.  

The post holder will be expected to operate in line with the House of Lords workplace values which are: 

Respect - We treat people with respect and expect to be treated with respect. 
Inclusivity - We embrace and value difference and diversity –whether from a person’s race, gender, other characteristics, background or experience. 

Professionalism - We aim for and value a high level of skills and expertise. We act with integrity and openness, putting public service first. 

Responsibility - We take ownership of our work and actions. We hold each other to account, take appropriate risks and continue learning. 




Knowledge and experience- Procurement professional with detailed knowledge and significant relevant experience of works and/or project-related procurement to be able to offer advice and manage procurement exercises at pace, with focus and tenacity   

Ability to deliver - Proven ability to deliver procurement operations through effective client management and to develop rapport with colleagues and contacts, utilising negotiating and influencing skills to produce a positive outcome 

Understanding - An understanding of NEC contract development and management to be able to provide advice on the most appropriate secondary options and effect ways of performance monitoring 

Communication - Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with senior management and staff and external advisors at all levels, both specialists and non-specialists 

Organisation - Well organised, methodical approach to work with an ability to prioritise and multitask   

Initiative - Ability to learn quickly and exercise initiative and seek ways to improve service 



Thorough understanding of public sector procurement regulations and EU procurement directives  

NEC Project Manager Accredited 


Terms and conditions 

Salary and allowances 

The post is paid in accordance with House of Lords grade HL7 (£38,625 per annum). Pay increases usually depend on performance as assessed in annual performance reviews, up to the current band maximum of £46,951. 

Salary is paid monthly by bank transfer. 


There is a probationary period of six months. 

Term and hours 

The post is permanent and is for 41 hours per week (including break-time). 

Consideration will be given to candidates expressing a wish to perform the role on a flexible working arrangement such as those set out below: 

  • Compressed hours  
  • Home working (1-2 days a week)  
  • Variable Hours  


As an employee of the House, you will be entitled to our benefits such as a season ticket loan, a Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service, including access to a dedicated Employee Assistance Programme and many more. Full details can be found on our Employee Benefits page. 


The House of Lords participates in the Civil Service Pension Schemes. As an employee of the House, you will be entitled to join one of these highly competitive pension scheme arrangements. 

Annual leave 

Annual leave entitlement is 30 days (increasing to 35 days after one year's service) plus public and bank holidays. In most offices annual leave may be taken only during periods when the House is in recess and must always be agreed in advance with the line manager and Head of Office. 

Inclusion and Diversity 

The House of Lords Administration is committed to increasing diversity and maintaining an inclusive workplace culture. We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of their age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender/sex, gender reassignment/trans status, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic status The Administration will also consider flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments. 

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. For this role we particularly welcome applications from groups which are currently underrepresented within the team, including applications from Black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates, candidates with disabilities and candidates who identify as women.  

Pre-appointment checks 

For external candidates, appointment depends on satisfactory references, health and security checks and where necessary proof of qualifications. 

Successful candidates’ publicly open social media profiles will also be checked under this stage of the process and information obtained may be used to review suitability for the job role.  

Baseline Security Standard 

The House of Lords (along with all government departments) has to comply with a Baseline Security Standard. The standard requires that we ascertain the identity of the applicant, their right to work in the UK, their employment or academic history over the last three years, and their address history over the last three years. 

Successful candidates will be required to complete pre-employment checks. This includes security vetting to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level unless otherwise specified. All successful candidates are required to pass these checks before an offer can be confirmed.  

Applicants should be aware that if they have resided outside of the UK for a total of more than two of the last five years, they are not eligible for vetting.  

Please see the National Security Vetting booklet for further information.  

 In addition, applicants are required to give a reasonable account of any significant recent periods of time (more than six months) spent abroad. Applicants who have been unemployed or self-employed for over six months in the last three years (whose last three years’ employment/academic history are not covered by references) will be asked to provide further documentation to prove their history. 

Returning your completed application 

Please complete your online application by 10am on Monday 29th November 2021 

Please only upload your Anonymised CV to your online application. 

If you require any reasonable adjustments during the application process, please contact or call 020 7219 3185. 

Telephone enquiries 

If you wish to find out more information about this post please contact Rachael Scott initially by e-mail,

Responses from recruitment agencies are welcome. 





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