View Vacancy - Head of Regional Procurement Hub - South Asia and Afghanistan Directorate, C5

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Operations and Corporate Services)

Main Purpose of Job:

This position offers the opportunity to play a leading role in the delivery of procurement services and best practice across the South Asia and Afghanistan Directorate (SAAD).

The successful applicant will be required to provide procurement/commercial capability and direction to the SAAD Regional Procurement Hub. They will have experience in procurement of goods, services and works in all category areas. They will also be responsible for maintaining operational performance through embedding expertise within the Regional Hub and ensuring value for money and benefits through competitive tendering and effective contract management. The successful candidate will also ensure that the Commercial team is effective, motivated and supported to deliver FCO procurement policy at a local level and successfully deliver great customer service to posts.

Key skills and experience for this role include but are not limited to: having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of procurement policy and how it supports FCO, Regional and Post objectives; Changing and improving the way procurement is conducted within the Region, identifying and implementing ‘smarter’ ways; working experience of procurement, including EU procurement regulations; effective communication skills including engaging key stakeholders and providing strong direction; Seeking opportunities for delivering value for money through embedding a culture of value for money within the region.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Collaborating and Partnering (30%)

Represent the Regional Procurement Hub at Corporate Service Management, Commercial and other regional meetings.

  • Work with Hub regional stakeholders to build a common understanding and support for delivery of Commercial business objectives, including supplier optimisation and Global Procurement Card/non-cash implementation.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with other key stakeholders within the SAAD network, including Department For International Development and other Government Departments.  

  • Working with Commercial Policy Teams in the UK to develop and implement standardised policies and processes and ensure compliance across the region. Working with other Regional Procurement Head’s to make joint recommendations for improvements and share best practices.

  • Be active member of the Senior Management Team at Post including attendance to a variety of committees, feeding in on policy and suggesting improvements.

  • Identifying need of and working with Stakeholders in development of Category Management plans on a Regional/Global level.

Delivering a quality service (30%)

  • Monitor Procurement Hub performance, including through KPIs.
  • Provide training on procurement process, ensuring full compliance with regulatory and auditory requirements.

  • Identify sourcing strategies and opportunities to mitigate risk and drive value for money.

  • Plan appropriate sourcing strategies that meet compliant timelines and contract renewal dates.

  • Promote a culture that identifies and tackles fraud and deception.

  • Develop the procurement leads’ capabilities to enable them to take on more strategic elements of procurement.

Delivering at Pace (20%)

  • Closely monitor and steer procurement activity within the Hub, ensuring effective reporting of Key Performance Indicators.
  • Convey a positive approach in keeping the Hub efforts focused on priority areas and giving credit to individuals and teams as appropriate.

  • Ensure workloads are planned and that priorities are managed.

  • Work with stakeholders to provide advice direction and assurance on all procurement and commercial issues.

Achieving Commercial Outcomes (20%)

  • Working with stakeholders, identify more effective methods of contracting, including regional/Pan India solutions as appropriate.
  • Work with Facilities Management Client Unit (FMCU), Estates & Security Directorate (ESD) to identify more effective and intelligent ways of managing the FCO platform.

  • Identify and understand any local legal and commercial limitations / constraints to help deliver agreed outcomes.

  • Ensuring commercial activities delivered by the Region are compliant to Procurement Policy

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

Team of 6 direct reports -
1 - C4 Grade
4 - B3 Grade
1 - A2 Grade

University Degree or equivalent in Procurement, Supply Chain, Business, Economics, Finance or similar field.

Experience & Skills:

5+ years of direct procurement and 2+years of team management experience.

Language requirements:  
Language: English
Level of language required: Proficient user (Advanced/Master)

MCIPS or equivalent certification

Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
7 May 2019
C5 (L)
South Asia & Afghanistan
New Delhi
British High Commission
30 June 2019


For British High Commission (BHC) candidates, the Local Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply. 

For other than BHC candidates, salary will be INR 127,252 per month together with a 12% provident fund and 6% Superannuation Fund. 

Additionally the BHC offers a great benefits package that includes annual domiciliary medical cover, plus a Group Hospitalization Scheme with INR 500,000 floater cover for your immediate family. 

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organizational culture, and excellent work/life balance. Around half of our work force is women.  We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment. 

This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCO has anywhere across the globe.  We are aiming to make it the best.

To Apply: 

Please note applications without below mentioned (a)(b) and (c) will not be considered. 

a)      Complete the Online Application Form

b)      Attach a detailed CV

c)      Complete the motivation segment and the competence based questions in the Online Application Form 

Internal candidates applying for this position need to upload their appraisal forms for the previous 2 years (if applicable) and inform their current line managers. Else, the application will not be considered. 

We will accept only online applications by ­­“07th May’19” midnight. The interviews for the shortlisted applicants will be conducted in the last week of May'19.

  • Applicants who do not have the required qualification & experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and no telephone enquires will be dealt with.
  • The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, educational and professional. 

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.

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