Head of Operational Procurement
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is responsible for distributing GBP3.7 billion a year for teaching and research in universities and colleges in England, and is the lead regulator for higher education.
HEFCE is seeking an experienced procurement specialist to lead the work of the procurement team and oversee all procurement activity. The post holder will be a trusted source of expertise on all commercial matters, and will embed a commercially astute culture throughout the organisation.
The person appointed will need a proven ability to manage teams and deliver high quality results. They will build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, assertively negotiating with suppliers, and identifying and driving forward opportunities for collaboration with other public bodies.
It is an exciting time to join HEFCE: the organisation is undergoing transformative organisational change and, from April 2018, will be incorporated into a new legal entity, the Office for Students. As such, the post-holder will be need to be skilled in change management, working with the team and the business to deliver the commercial operating model that will best meet the future needs of the Office for Students.
Using powers in the Higher Education and Research Act, it is intended that the Office for Students (OfS) will assume the responsibilities of HEFCE from 1 April 2018 at which point it is currently anticipated that this role will transfer to the OfS.
This is a full time role although applications looking to work 0.8 FTE will be considered.
Benefits include 25 days` annual leave, a comprehensive staff development programme, and the opportunity to join the Civil Service Pension scheme.
Whilst the current Government recruitment restrictions apply, only internal candidates and candidates from eligible Civil Service departments or accredited non departmental public bodies (NDPBs) can apply for posts advertised by HEFCE within the first 10 working days. For this post, that is between 29/06/2017 and 13/07/2017.
Eligible Civil Service departments are defined on the Civil Service website. Candidates who are not currently employed in an eligible Civil Service department will not be considered for the vacancy within the first 10 days.
If there is an adequate candidate pool after the initial 10 working days advertised, i.e. by 13/07/2017, we will close the vacancy on that date. Therefore, during the period 29/06/2017 and 13/07/2017 this vacancy is open to all Civil Service employees and employees of accredited non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) who were appointed on merit following a fair and open competition; or were appointed to a permanent post through an exception in the Civil Service Commissioners` rules.
If we have been unable to gain an adequate candidate pool after 10 working days the advertised closing date will apply, during which time we will accept applications from individuals external to the civil service.
Candidates from other Civil Service organisations
Subject to the above, fixed term posts are only available to candidates from other Civil Service organisations on loan or secondment only, and should have approval from their organisation prior to application.
For further information and to apply (CVs will not be accepted) please visit our website.
Closing date: 30th July 2017.
Interview date: 17th August 2017.
NO AGENCIES PLEASE.
The Council is working towards equal opportunities in employment.