The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
Our Procurement Department works to ensure that The Donkey Sanctuary makes the best use of its resources by seeking value for money on ethical and sustainable third party spend, offering strategic advice and guidance on purchasing and supply issues, managing supply risk and providing operational support. We work with a network of UK and internationally based suppliers covering such diverse categories of spend as animal welfare, feed and veterinary supplies; utilities, building and facilities management products and services; capital equipment and projects; marketing and communication services and IT and telecoms, general administration and professional services.
We now have an excellent opportunity for a proactive and flexible professional to support the Head of Procurement in the development, implementation and delivery of the charity’s procurement strategy and associated procurement policy. Ideally a full member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (or working towards achieving full membership), you will take overall responsibility for the delivery of all strategic and transactional procurement activity within the business area that you are aligned to, with the intention of identifying cost saving opportunities, future commercial opportunities and determining the strategic direction. Able to demonstrate working experience of strategic procurement, sourcing, category management and managing the end-to-end procurement cycle, you will develop and deliver a portfolio of procurement strategies within your business area and engage with relevant stakeholders to plan and programme the work, managing the resultant procurement and tendering processes from pre-procurement to post-award of contract.
Possessing outstanding communication, negotiation and networking skills you will forge, develop and nurture excellent relationships with internal and external stakeholders, taking responsibility for negotiations and developing ‘win-win’ strategies that achieve sustainable relationships with key suppliers and the best possible service delivery. You will facilitate key internal stakeholders’ understanding of procurement strategy and policies, ensuring that best practice is adhered to when procuring goods, services and/or works for the charity. Line management responsibilities will include all aspects of staff health and wellbeing, workload planning and project prioritisation, and the recruitment, training and mentoring of staff, encouraging their professional growth and development in line with the Charity's strategic aims and objectives.
Proven experience of applying procurement and organisational policy objectives during the strategic sourcing process and of incorporating cost, quality, ethical and sustainability considerations in to procurement decisions at all stages of the procurement cycle will be essential, as is having a good understanding of supplier markets and a working knowledge of legal terminology and language related to supplier agreements and contracts. Previous experience of working in large and complex or international organisations and of operating in a change/transformation environment, are desirable.
If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, and would like to be part of the evolving program of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. This is a full-time, permanent role and is based in Sidmouth, East Devon – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Closing date for completed applications: Tuesday 12 October 2021.
Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October 2021.
The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.
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