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Chief Procurement Officer

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Procurement & Estates
c. £95,000 plus benefits
Central London
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James Knowling
0207 747 4948

King’s College London is a Russell Group university, one of the top 25 universities in the world and the fourth oldest university in England. Based in the heart of London, we have c26,000 students, 6,600 employees and an overall annual income of £755million. Our Strategic Plan looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029 and shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.
Our Finance Directorate plays a key role in enabling the University to meet these objectives. We are seeking to recruit a Chief Procurement Officer who will be a member of the senior leadership team within Finance reporting to the Vice President (Finance).

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the development and implementation of innovative procurement strategies to support the Organisation’s Strategic Vision 2029.
  • Overall responsibility for expenditure of all non-pay spend (circa £170M) and for the provision procurement support and guidance across the organisation.
  • Benchmark performance of the procurement function against sector efficiency targets and a comprehensive set of KPI’s to demonstrate its impact on business.
  • Drive value for money initiatives and maximise the Organisation’s purchasing power through appropriate engagement with collaborative agreements.
  • Promote the benefits of the directorate’s early involvement and influence in all significant procurement projects increasing the percentage of non-pay spend influenced by procurement.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive supplier and contract management programme that will empower staff across the organisation. 

To succeed in your application, you will be a director level procurement professional with a track record managing procurement activity across a large complex organisation. Your role will require advanced negotiation and influencing skills, with a detailed knowledge of value for money and collaborative working. Extensive knowledge of the Public Contract regulations (2015) is required and some experience in lettings projects under NEC (New Engineering Contracts) and JCT (Joint Contracts Tribunal) terms and conditions would be a distinct advantage. On top of this, you’ll need excellent management skills and the ability to drive excellence and deliver continuous service improvement

In return, we offer the opportunity to be part of a truly inspiring, positive community of staff and students where you can enjoy a new level of variety, challenge and impact in your work. 

For further information or to apply, please contact James Knowling at Morgan Law by emailing or telephone 0207 747 6827. Closing date for applications will be Tues 30th January.