The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive.
National Lottery players raise an incredible £36 million a week for good causes. This money funds projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage and enrich lives through arts, spots and culture. We are proud to be one of 12 distributors responsible for awarding this funding across the UK.
Thanks to National Lottery players, last year we were able to award over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to UK communities, supporting thousands of projects making a real difference to people’s lives.
Over eight in ten of our grants were for under £10,000 going to grassroots groups and charities across the UK doing great things to support their communities, during a particularly tough time.
We also distribute non-National Lottery funds, working closely with Government on funding for important issues, such as tackling loneliness, multiple and complex needs, mental health and distributing Dormant Accounts money.
Over the last five years we’ve awarded a total of £3.4 billion, of which £2.7 billion is National Lottery money.
We fund things that matter – whether helping communities respond positively to national, regional or local priorities, or helping the UK achieve its big social ambitions. Our grants range from £500 up to multi-million-pound programmes – supporting people and projects to do extraordinary things and bring great ideas for their community to life.
About the role
We have a new opportunity here at The National Lottery Community Fund for a commercially minded, driven individual who has the tenacity to improve services for an organisation with strong social purpose.
The role of Head of Procurement sits within our Finance Directorate, reporting into the Finance Director and managing a team of 5. The role of Head of Procurement is responsible for ensuring the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the purchasing process within the organisation. This involves setting purchasing policies, managing purchasing budgets, and overall management of purchasing processes.
As the wider organisation goes through a period of change and transformation this role with be critical against central projects and initiatives.
Key responsibilities will include but not be restricted to:
- Maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the market to ensure best value and practices are maintained.
- Developing a procurement business plan for the organisation and ensuring that’s it’s communicated.
- Negotiating contracts and service agreements with suppliers.
- Acting as the main contact point for organisational procurement related questions.
- Researching options to source best value products and services.
- Running tenders and evaluating bids before making recommendations that make the most commercial sense for the organisation.
- Implementing relevant training for individuals within the procurement discipline.
- Ensuring contract files are stored and maintained securely and according to legal requirements.
- Creating and maintaining positive relationships with current and new suppliers.
- Developing strategies to ensure that supplier performance is monitored.
- Reviewing current contracts to ensure they represent best value.
- Ensuring procurement sources are secure and sustainable.
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered
Interview Date: W/C 7th February – 2 stage process
Location: Midlands – team are based in Birmingham office so expectation to travel to this office. (Currently all working from home) Hybrid working moving forward.
- Experience in creating and delivering procurement strategy
- Experience in Public Sector procurement regulations
- Commercially minded with the knowledge and experience of managing procurement projects
- Experienced in performance monitoring and reporting on policy, project or SLA requirements
- Experience of managing change during a organisational transformation
- Extensive commercial management experience ideally in the public sector or the equivalent
- Knowledge and practical experience of Public Contracts Regulations
- Excellent ability to negotiate and deliver favourable terms for the business
- Support ongoing commercial and risk management
We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.
We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:
- Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
- Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
- Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
- Season ticket and cycle to work loans
- Paid volunteering leave
Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.
We also believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We welcome applications from disabled people and will proactively make reasonable adjustments if needed through the recruitment process and during employment. This can be related to a physical and mental health conditions.
We are also proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, supporting our commitment to being a great place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.
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