Are you looking for your next challenge in a challenging Procurement role? A Procurement Officer position will give you fantastic grounding for your journey up the senior ladder. You will be tasked with many different projects and will require great focus, ambition and organisation.
What makes a good Procurement Officer?
To thrive within procurement, you don't have to just be detail oriented; you have to be able to spot the smallest of details in the details. The details make all the difference between a product/service becoming a smashing success or an all-out disaster.
You must work well under pressure, be able to juggle multiple challenges, and be efficient in communication so you can push back and connect effectively. Your organisational skills and time keeping will set you apart from other people within a procurement department. Strong negotiation skills are a must!!
Key responsibilities might also include:
- Providing procurement support as directed by the Procurement Manager
- Advising and assisting key stakeholders in procurement activities
- Administering supplier contracts
- Building and developing supplier relationships
- Work closely with the Procurement Manager in areas of risk
- Assisting in the development of internal procedures and documentation to improve working processes
- Drive better procurement practice
- Communicating opportunities to achieve better value for money through better procurement practices
Procurement professionals come from varied backgrounds as there isn’t a legal requirement to have a qualification. However most employers prefer candidates who have a degree in an area such as business or economics, logistics, supply chain management or purchasing. You can pursue a CIPS qualifications which many employers look favourably on as you progress up the ladder https://www.cips.org/en-GB/
Procurement Officers average salary banding in the East Midlands - £28 - £35k per annum but this does vary depending on the organisation you’re in.