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Procurement Business Partner

Reporting to: Head of Procurement and Facilities
Team: Procurement
Contract type: Fixed-term for 23 months
Salary: £46,925 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: 24 August 2018

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.

Role

We are looking for a Procurement Business Partner with extensive experience to deliver fit for purpose, cost effective, collaborative procurements that meet business requirements, ensuring legal and best practise compliance.

Responsibilities

  • Support the development and implementation of the Procurement Business Partner Plan.
  • Apply supply market information to develop sustainable sourcing strategies that reflect business priorities and inform contract negotiation and management.
  • Project manage the tender lifecycle from identification of need to contract exit.
  • Achieve best value for money and whole lifecycle cost reduction against influenceable spend.
  • Strategically managing contracts and contractual relationships, liaise and negotiate with third party suppliers; ensure professional business relationships.
  • Development of Service Level Agreements (SLA) / Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that support effective contract monitoring, effective handover to contract managers post contract award.
  • Continually review existing contracts and SLAs and identify shortcomings and remedial action plans.
  • Ensure compliance with procurement policies, procedures and EU procurement regulations as defined by the Public Contracts Directive [2014/24/EU] and the Government Transparency and Efficiency Agenda.
  • Maintain auditable and team accessible records, providing contract business continuity and transparency reporting.

Essential and desirable criteria

Essential

  • MCIPS qualified.
  • Extensive experience of procuring various goods and services including but not limited to facilities management, recruitment and training.
  • Public Contracts Directive 2014/24/EU - Aggregation rules, EU thresholds, OJEU advertising requirements and timescales, framework agreements, award procedures, standstill period and remedies directive, including supplier debrief process, competitive dialogue and dynamic marketplace.
  • Contract management techniques and best practice.
  • Commercial risk management.
  • Proven stakeholder and supplier relationship management experience.
  • Benchmarking of supplier performance.

Desirable

  • Project management principles and techniques.
  • Data Protection Act / Freedom of Information Act principles / Bribery Act.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Sustainability (Government Buying Standards).
  • Commercial / Contract Law - emerging case law.
  • Government Transparency / Efficiency Agenda

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary of £46,925 we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • generous annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

TPR is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to recruitmentcvs@tpr.gov.uk.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.

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