Clarion Housing Group

Head of Strategic Procurement (Senior Buyer)

Croydon (City/Town), London (Greater)
£75,236 - £88,512 + Car Allowance
20 Sep 2022
20 Oct 2022
Specialist Area
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Who we are

Clarion Housing Group is the country’s largest housing association with 125,000 homes nationwide. First and foremost, at our heart, we’re a social landlord – we mix public and private money to provide affordable homes, overwhelmingly for people who can’t meet their housing needs on the open market.

We’re a property development company, a charitable foundation and a repairs and maintenance service, with an ambitious target to build reach a sustainable 5000 units per year.   We are to be an employer of choice too and believe that the key to our success is our people.

What you’ll be doing

In order to help us realise our vision, we’re seeking a Head of Strategic Procurement to provide strategic procurement and commercial support for new build or S106 transactions as a member of the Design, Technical and Innovation team.

As a key member of the Design, Technical and Innovation team, you’ll work alongside the wider Development and Asset Management businesses as well as other support functions to help ensure Clarion’s design and asset management requirements are defined and enshrined within key procurement agreements to support new-build, Joint Venture and S106 procurement routes.

You’ll liaise with the Asset Management team regarding the strategic procurement of core components and assets to support the planned investment programme and obtain best value for Clarion’s ongoing maintenance teams to enable the feedback of on-site knowledge and apply continuous improvement techniques.

You’ll work closely with Clarion’s central procurement team to support strategies, which enable Clarion to:-

  • Being housing and service provider of choice

  • Build a successful, respected, and influential national business

  • Build new homes and successful communities

  • Maintain our financial resilience


What we’re looking for

We’re looking for procurement professionals with significant and demonstrable experience working with developers and/or main contractors in a senior procurement role, buying construction materials, components and services. You’ll come to us with experience in developing and directing procurement strategies with strong construction product, component and supplier knowledge. Strong stakeholder management skills, commercial awareness and negotiating skills are also essential for the role.

Other key skills you’ll need:

  • Construction biased Procurement/Purchasing/Commercial/Project Management degree, or Technical background complimented by suitable commercial acumen.

  • Membership of a recognised professional body, relevant to the role.

  • Pre and post contract exposure, covering product procurement, material buying and component purchasing, supplier and contractor management.

  • Ability to prepare Whole Life Cost analyses and sinking fund assessments with an understanding of their formulation and their interrelationship with a whole life assessment.

  • Strong construction product, component and supplier knowledge including identification of value engineering opportunities.


Where you’ll work

This role is based from our Croydon office and you will be required to work between the office and home in line with business needs. You should be able to commute to Croydon on a weekly basis.

If this sounds like an opportunity you’d be interested in, we look forward to hearing from you.

In return, we offer a highly competitive salary, group bonus scheme and other benefits, including a defined contribution pension matched up to 7.5%.

Closing Date: Tuesday 4th October 2022 at midnight.

For further details on this vacancy, please click ‘apply’.

You can download the role profile here - Head of Strategic Procurement (Senior Buyer)


Applicants must be able to travel across regions as required.

You must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this vacancy; Clarion are not able to offer visa sponsorship.  You are required to reside in the UK for the duration of your employment. 



Latimer is the development arm of Clarion Housing Group. We exist to build homes and create communities, playing our part in tackling the housing crisis.

What sets Latimer apart is our long-term commitment to the people who live in our homes. Our model is not to build and then move onto the next site. We are long-term stewards of place, committed to building sustainable and thriving communities.

We are part of a social business, reinvesting our profits back into building more affordable homes and supporting Clarion residents.