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Head of Procurement

Langley Search & Interim
East London
c£60k + benefits
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Specialist Area
Job Level
Director / Head / VP / CPO
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member

Job Details

Langley Search & Interim is proud to be partnering with a prestigious education sector client in London to recruit a Head of Procurement to lead the procurement function into the next exciting phase of its growth.

About the post

We are looking to recruit a Head of Procurement who will be responsible for leading, developing and delivering an outstanding procurement service to support budget holders using a business partnering approach that champions and supports the achievement of best value in procurement activities.

The successful candidate will support, encourage, and nurture excellent procurement and contract management practices across their immediate team and the wider stakeholder group. Applying your procurement knowledge combined with an understanding of the needs and priorities of the organisation, you will be able to advise, train and coach the team and others to ensure and inspire a high level of performance and high standards in contract management approaches.

Your responsibilities

In your role as Head of Procurement, you will be required to plan and design a strategic approach to operational delivery, improving levels of service to ensure optimal and consistent delivery.  You will deliver value for money through procurement activity, ensuring quality and timely delivery, risk management strategies accompanied by appropriate contracts.  You will ensure all members of the procurement team undertake a stakeholder relationship management approach to achieve a high standard of continuity and service delivery and you will identify training needs for the team and contribute to their development including mentoring, coaching and delivery of training sessions, demonstrating on-going commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  You will be responsible for maintaining the University’s procurement framework and you will monitor and develop procurement processes to seek to deliver continuous improvement and efficiencies.  You will champion and support supplier due diligence, ethical attributes, and objectives in line with the organisational  objectives.

About you

  • You will be a highly motivated individual, passionate about best practice procurement and committed to delivering results with high precision and accuracy.
  • You will have procurement leadership experience and/or senior category management experience in procurement within a public sector procurement environment. 
  • You will be a proven influencer who naturally builds rapport and is comfortable developing strong relationships at a senior level. 
  • You will have expert-level negotiation skills with experience negotiating high profile contracts. 
  • You will either have, or be working towards, MCIPS accreditation.

Please get in touch for more details.  All applications and enquiries meeting the above criteria will be carefully considered.

Langley Search & Selection Ltd is a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Permanent / Full-Time (35 hours per week)

Location: East London (Hackney)


Founded in 2002, with a successful MBO in 2018, Langley is an owner managed leading boutique recruitment consultancy offering Executive Search, Contingent and Interim Solutions to fill procurement, end-to-end supply chain, commercial and transformation roles.

Our specialism and knowledge brings an in-depth understanding of our market and we are well positioned to work across a broad range of industries and businesses. These include, rapid growth companies, FTSE 100 businesses and NFP / public sector organisations both in the UK and internationally.

PRIVATE SECTOR PRACTICE including FMCG (food and non-food), retail, leisure, technology & media, aerospace, automotive, capital equipment, energy & utilities, defence, oil & gas, construction & FM, Pharmaceuticals, Retail Banks, Investment Banks, Insurance, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Professional Services and Consultancies

PUBLIC SECTOR PRACTICE including Local Government, Central Government, NHS, Charities, 3rd Sector and Not-for-Profits, Higher Education & Housing Associations

In an increasingly complex and changing marketplace our structured, transparent & efficient recruitment services take the risk out of hiring. When you engage Langley to deliver a recruitment solution you can expect an ethical, robust and professional partnership that delivers with integrity. 

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