Senior Procurement Consultant / Procurement Consultant

Region:
London, North West, South West
Vicinity:
Manchester, Bristol, London East Central
Industry Sector:
Waste Jobs, Environmental Jobs, Environment Jobs, Recycling Jobs, Renewable Jobs, Sustainable Jobs
Job Category:
Consultancy, Procurement
Job Type:
Permanent
Education Level:
Please see job description
Salary Description:
Competitive - based on experience
Posted:
06/12/2018
Start Date:
asap
Recruiter:
Eunomia
Job Ref:

Hours of work

Fulltime, 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, between hours of 09:00 - 18:00.

About the company

Eunomia Research & Consulting is an independent and ethical environmental consultancy.

We are a mission oriented business and our goal is to be influential in bringing about positive change: we embrace this in all that we do.

We specialise in the fields of waste management, resource efficiency, circular economy, low carbon energy, marine planning, natural economy and climate change mitigation. With the continuous increase of environmental issues across today’s headlines, these fields are gaining momentum on a global scale and like our specialisms, we too are growing as a business. Eunomia currently has over 70 employees worldwide, working across a range of offices throughout the EU and Europe, New York and Auckland.

We are appointed advisors to numerous blue-chip companies, private equity funds and lenders. We also work with a broad range of organisations from trans-national bodies such as the OECD, UNEP and the European Union, through to national governments, local authorities and business support organisations (including Scottish Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, WRAP). Our ability to think creatively in a commercial context alongside our reputation for being at the leading edge of emerging environmental policy and good practice, allows us to effectively and efficiently focus our client support and advisory services.

Our desire to lead by example, and our enthusiastic and supportive team, makes Eunomia a stimulating and rewarding place to work.

Description

We are recruiting for a permanent consultant position within our Procurement team – at Consultant or Senior Consultant level, depending on experience.

The successful candidate will work on a range of high profile consultancy projects, including the provision of project management, technical and procurement advice to public sector clients during the delivery of complex procurement projects, mainly in environmental services (e.g. waste collection, waste treatment infrastructure, street cleansing, and grounds maintenance services).

The successful candidate will also assume responsibility for proactive business development activity to grow the size of the Eunomia procurement offer to local government.

This role requires flexibility, commitment to results, excellent trouble-shooting and problem resolution skills.

The work will be wide-ranging and include:

  • Working with local authority clients during the appraisal of future commissioning options, which may typically encompass:  outsourcing of environmental services to a private contractor; delivering services directly in-house; setting up an arms’ length local authority trading organisation;
  • Providing advice to local authority clients during the delivery of a procurement project, including: management and delivery of preliminary market engagement; development of business case and procurement strategy; production of procurement and contract documentation, which will typically include: technical service specification, method statements, contract conditions, pricing schedule, payment and performance schedule, evaluation framework and evaluation models;
  • Providing advice on compliance with Public Contracts Regulations and legislative requirements;
  • Supporting with the management of the relationship with bidders, including management of clarification questions;
  • Supporting with the delivery of dialogue and negotiation with bidding organisations on behalf of local authority clients;
  • Undertaking the evaluation of technical and financial aspects of submissions and contribute to the moderation process;
  • Producing evaluation reports and cabinet reports; and
  • Supporting the mobilisation activities into new contracts.

Other relevant responsibilities will include:

  • Managing relevant aspects of Eunomia’s business development activities, including development of bids to win new projects, undertaking key account management and proactive engagement with prospective new clients;
  • Contributing to the development of the Procurement business plan and the subsequent implementation of plan to maximise the potential growth opportunities;
  • Providing project management functions;
  • Producing technical reports and presenting results and recommendations at client meetings;
  • Engaging with senior officers and elected members to support the decision-making process;
  • Managing and coordinating internal project teams to achieve successful results and to meet client’s expectations;
  • Undertaking regular financial project reporting including analysing variation from project budget and initiating corrective actions;
  • Undertaking research on procurement-related topics, including Public Contracts Regulations and legislation;
  • Undertaking technical research on environmental services, including waste collections, waste treatment infrastructure, street cleansing, grounds maintenance; and
  • Contributing to other Eunomia projects according to demand from time to time.

 

Person specification

We are seeking a highly motivated and high calibre candidate to fulfil the role.

Candidates should reflect our values and commitment to quality and are expected to be self-disciplined, well organised and to be able to present themselves in a professional manner. A personal interest in, and commitment to, the waste and recycling sector and wider environmental and sustainability issues is expected.

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate independence and originality in their thinking. They will be enthusiastic, have the ability to inspire others and enjoy working to make a difference.

We are looking for a candidate who, depending on the Consultant/Senior Consultant level, has a minimum of 2 years/a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, in at least one of the following professional areas:

  • Environmental services experience with a keen interest/experience in procurement; and/or
  • Procurement experience with an interest/experience in environmental services.

Essential Criteria

  • Educated to at least degree level in relevant discipline, or with practical experience relevant to the job description;
  • An understanding of the commercial aspects of the consultancy sector;
  • Project management experience and ability to manage multiple clients, stakeholders and projects;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with multiple colleagues, and external clients;
  • Excellent written English and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent data research, collection and analysis skills, including the ability to work with and manipulate numerical data;
  • Ability to influence, persuade and negotiate for the successful delivery of outcomes;
  • Self-starter with ability to manage own delivery of tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to perform under pressure and work flexibly to adjust plans as operational issues arise;
  • Proven organisational skills, working in a calm, logical way to deliver tasks efficiently and with thorough attention to detail;
  • Good MS Office software skills including Word, Powerpoint and Excel;
  • Willing and able to work away from home and stay in different parts of the UK as projects dictate;
  • A commitment to the environmental and public service principles which drive Eunomia.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in the waste management or wider environmental services industry;
  • Experience in delivering procurement projects either within a local authority, waste management contractor or environmental consultancy; 
  • Experience of providing direct advice to elected members or members of a board on decision making issues both verbally and in writing;
  • Experience of consulting to local government or experience of working inside local government;
  • Evidence of working successfully in partnership with external organisations and stakeholders;
  • Awareness of public policy and delivery in political environments;
  • Recent and demonstrable experience of planning and delivering large scale service delivery change projects in environmental services or a similar sector(s);
  • Knowledge of UK/EU public procurement regulations;
  • Project management qualification or accreditation (e.g. PRINCE2® or MSP);
  • Qualifications and membership of a relevant professional body, such as Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or equivalent, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) or equivalent.

Reports to

Head of Procurement.

Benefits

  • Death in Service scheme;
  • Private Healthcare;  and
  • Group Pension and Income Protection Scheme (after completion of probationary period).

 Holiday Entitlement

24 days per year (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day for each full year of service to a maximum of 30 days per year.


Application information

In order to be considered all applications must include the following:

  1. A formal covering letter (maximum 2 pages of A4), addressed to Emma Hanlon summarising the reasons for applying for the post, your suitability for the post, and why you would like to work for Eunomia. Please make sure that you address the criteria in the person specification. Please state the notice period you are required to work out (if relevant), your earliest possible start date and your preferred office location.
  2. CV emphasising relevant experience.

 All applications must be submitted electronically to jobs@eunomia.co.uk

  • The deadline for applications is midnight on 6th January 2019.
  • First interviews and tests will be held on 18th January 2019 at our London office.
  • Second interviews will be held during week commencing 28th January 2019 at our London office.
  • Please note that the above dates may be subject to change.
  • Please note that this role is currently only open to those who have the right to work in the UK. If we are unsuccessful in filling this post, then we will re-advertise the post to those who require a VISA/sponsorship.

Hardcopy applications will not be considered.

If you do have any queries please submit these by email or phone to:

emma.hanlon@eunomia.co.uk  | 0117 917 2250

The Company reserves the right not to appoint anyone if no suitable candidates come forward.

Eunomia Research & Consulting is committed to Equal Opportunities and is a Living Wage employer.

Company no. 4150627

Eunomia Research & Consulting is committed to protecting data and respecting the privacy of persons it deals with.  In so doing, we comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.  We confirm that in the event you apply for a role within Eunomia, your details will be securely held by the company in line with the company’s Privacy Policy which is available on Eunomia’s website. We encourage you to read this policy in order that you understand our legitimate reasons for processing your data, as well as your rights with regard to submitting your personal information to us with regard to recruitment. 

Closing Date:
06/01/2019

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