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Title Procurement Delivery Lead
Ref HE/3661
Directorate Commercial & Procurement
Preferred Location Darlington, Mansfield
Salary £40,188-£44,208
Number of Positions 2
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 03 Apr 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government owned company responsible for driving forward our motorways and major A roads. This includes; modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years, investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However, even more is yet to be done.

Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we will be able to; plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.

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Job Description

Highways England is currently recruiting for a Procurement Delivery Lead to be based in Darlington, Mansfield.

Highways England's business model uses our supply chain to deliver the majority of services to the strategic road network. The Commercial and Procurement Directorate (C&P) is responsible for developing and owning the processes, systems, intelligence and staff capability which enable the Company to function as an intelligent client across its contracted relationships - in particular through contractors, maintaining agents, consultants and other services providers. The Directorate ensures greater value from operating, maintenance and improvement expenditure by building strong collaborative working relationships with our suppliers, by running effective and compliant procurements and by supplier performance management. The Directorate leads on the Company's commercial, supply chain and procurement strategies and intelligence to support value-for-money decision-making to provide the effective delivery of high-quality services to road-users.
The Procurement Division is responsible for determining and implementing contract strategies to deliver value for money across the whole range of the Company's purchasing requirements. It has responsibility for the identification of the best suppliers to deliver Highways England's needs, for implementing performance measurement across the supply base and for working, in conjunction with other parts of the Company, with suppliers to improve performance and achieve best value.
Procurement Delivery is responsible for providing operational procurement services to their business partners. This includes discussing business requirements and specifications, agreeing procurement strategies with business partners (including criteria for selecting suppliers), publishing where appropriate (such as the Official Journal of the European Union, OJEU), selecting tenderers, producing tender documents (including supplier performance measures, managing the tender process, evaluating tenders, awarding the contract, supporting business partners post-award and resolving disputes if they occur, to support improvements in project and commercial management.

Key responsibilities:

  • Understand fully the business need and provide specialist advice and guidance for Company staff and stakeholders on Company procurement policy and procedures - to ensure that procurement drives innovation and best practice and is compliant with government frameworks and UK legislation/EU directives.
  • Manage the establishment, monitoring and delivery of work programmes to deliver contracts and procurement activities using varied resources, adhering to governance requirements whilst minimising risk and vulnerabilities.
  • Encourage improvements in contractual and procurement knowledge and practice across the Company in line with public sector procurement frameworks - sharing knowledge and skills with others to disseminate best practice.
  • Manage and maintain effective supply chain relationships with key suppliers and supply bodies at regional levels.
  • Contribute to the management of aspects of the procurement cycle such as stakeholder engagement, market analysis, supplier selection, contract negotiation.
  • Represent Network Services Directorate and Procurement Division - manage the preparation of briefings for external agencies and senior level colleagues when required.
  • Manage workloads and priorities to ensure the achievement of Divisional targets and scorecard objectives - ensuring effective implementation of best practice and taking time to champion opportunities to maximise value for money.
  • Assess safety performance to minimise risks, develop improvements and escalate issues with relevant authorities in a timely manner and carry out any tasks identified to the post in the Level 2 and relevant 2a Organisational Health & Safety RACI charts.


Should hold or be willing to work towards the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification (or equivalent). The Crown Commercial Service (Government Procurement Service) has, in the past, set targets that 75 % of "Key" and "Designated" public procurement posts are covered by people with (or working towards) the CIPS standard. The Highways Company currently has approximately 65 % of such posts covered by people who are either CIPS qualified - or studying. So, it is expected that the successful candidate will either hold or be willing to work towards Membership of CIPS.
A strong proven track-record in leading major procurement exercises (inviting/selecting tenders, managing contracts) and/or contract development work (with a knowledge of a wide range of contract types and forms and their application to business need) and/or developing suppliers.
A proven record in making a significant contribution towards developing and improving a procurement function.

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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