Business Partner - Strategic Procurement

Favourite West Dunbartonshire Council
Ref no: WDN01384
Closes: Sunday, 17th September 2017
Published: Tuesday, 5th September 2017
Location: Council Offices, Garshake Road, Dumbarton
Salary: £43,523.87 - £47,593.39 per year
Hours: Variable
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: West Dunbartonshire Council
Category: Procurement
Sub-category: Management

Job Description

West Dunbartonshire Council – We are an innovative local authority with big ambitions! In this challenging era we aim to deliver more for our community with significantly reduced funds. This means we must strengthen our approach to managing our services and resources, performance management and partnership working. With the commitment of our corporate management team we are shaping an approach to strategic procurement where procurement will be at the forefront of driving change and a critical enabler in transforming service delivery. To achieve this, we are recruiting for the following post:

Business Partner – Strategic Procurement x 1 (People: Procurement of people based services, such as older persons services and homeless services)

You will work across Council Services at all stages of strategic commissioning to develop robust business requirements that drive and enable business transformation; develop more innovative and localised service delivery; drive the reevaluation of the balance between in house, external and shared models of delivery and work with partners in the development of models of sustainable growth for West Dunbartonshire.

About You:  You will be a procurement professional or you have commissioning/service redesign experience. You’re looking for your next challenge, a career defining role where you get the opportunity to help shape the successful future of the organisation. You have excellent business relationship management and communication skills and are pragmatic and measured; adopting a flexible approach to addressing challenges and realising opportunities. You quickly establish constructive working relationships at all levels; manage conflict successfully and effectively influence, persuade and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders. You operate effectively at a strategic level: quickly building trust in your abilities and your professional credibility; you are adept at working in a political environment and promoting the procurement function as a strategic enabler of business transformation. You understand what it means to work in a complex, diverse organisation and take a strategic approach to decision making. You have a demonstrable track record in developing and implementing Category Strategies and/or Commissioning Plans. You work constructively with stakeholders to develop innovative, evidence based business specifications. You have experience of managing a strategic supply base.You are experienced in leading change with proven project management and leadership skills. You develop and motivate teams to successfully achieve agreed outcomes. You have excellent commercial acumen and can critically analyse, evaluate and present complex information in a useable format; using a range of data from a variety of disciplines including business finance and costs structures. You are proficient in Microsoft Office. You have high standards of professional ethics and personal conduct. You are positive, resilient, self motivated, proactive and disciplined. You take ownership of your own performance and manage competing priorities within challenging timescales. You’re ambitious, driven to achieve and committed to professional development. You hold full membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply; or are qualified to degree level in a relevant business related discipline; or have equivalent work related experience.

We in return offer you a great package of benefits including: investment in your ongoing training and development; a competitive salary with incremental progression; access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS); a range of employee wellbeing and family friendly policies such as our flexible working hours scheme; a minimum of 24 days holiday plus 8 fixed public holidays; etc!

For a conversation about the post, please contact Annabel Travers on 01389 737748.


This post is considered as Regulated Work with Children under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 and as such membership with the PVG scheme is essential. Further details of this scheme can be found here.

Preferred applicants will be required to become members of the relevant PVG scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update check prior to a formal offer being made by West Dunbartonshire Council.


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