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Public Sector and Government

Assistant Procurement Officer / Assistant Buyer – Council

West Midlands
£25212 - £29614 per annum

Job Title: Assistant Procurement Officer

Location: Walsall

Salary: £25,212 – £29,614 per annum

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent

Closing date: Wednesday 16th January 2019

The Council’s Procurement Service is at the heart of a progressive Council, which is committed to serving the people and communities of Walsall. They are now seeking to recruit a number of highly motivated, committed, ambitious and experienced procurement professionals to fill a range of roles.

Their vacancies have arisen as a result of investment to expand the role of the procurement service to operate strategically, enabling the Council to put the right things in place to meet customer needs and outcomes, in a manner that reduces waste, maximises efficiency and delivers value for money and savings across the Council.

The Role:

Working as an integral part of a team of experienced procurement and contract management specialists you will provide effective and efficient specialist procurement advice, project management and deliver compliant procurement processes, in partnership with a range of key stakeholders, to ensure successful delivery of procurement activities in relation to designated service areas/or categories.

You will provide sound advice and innovative procurement solutions that reduce waste, maximise efficiency, achieve best value in procurement and enable delivery of savings efficiency across the whole Council.

Key Requirements:

  • Experience of leading and delivering complex major procurement projects in partnership with key stakeholders, in accordance with European Union (EU) Legislation and Public Contract Regulations
  • Knowledge of European Union (EU) and Public Contract Regulations, procurement best practice, social value, localism, sustainability in procurement and contracts, governance and risk management of projects
  • An understanding of project management tools and techniques
  • A degree or equivalent and CIPS Level 4 Diploma (Industry Specific Qualification)


  • A generous annual leave entitlement offering (for this role) a minimum 27 days leave per year plus 9 concessionary days and in addition to a flexible working scheme that allows up to a further 12 days leave per year
  • Access to an award winning pension scheme
  • Recent development of the working environment which has created a modern professional space in which to work with improved technology that allows agile working
  • Promotion of training and development opportunities to all their employees to help them progress and gain new skills
  • A genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for their staff and customers – they aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the communities they serve

For this role the successful candidate must undergo a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. BPSS is the minimum standard to ensure the identity and integrity of an employee who has access to official information using secure networks linking central government and local authorities. A BPSS check involves four main elements; Identity Check, National and Immigration Status, Employment History (last 3 years) and Verification of Criminal Record (unspent convictions only).

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