Senior Procurement Lead - Professional Services

Cheltenham, Central London
Central London: £61,130 - £72,486 Cheltenham: £58,319 - £69,446

The Role: Professional Services

We are looking for a Senior Procurement Lead to spearhead a procurement and contracting team at a time of rapid development and organisational change. You will lead and shape key projects and business change initiatives across the Commercial function, translating business goals into prioritised and focused requirements for your team to deliver.
This is a unique opportunity to lead team delivery, in a challenging environment, of a diverse and challenging portfolio of major procurement projects.

Regular UK travel is required for the role

Key Responsibilities:

•    Delivery of a portfolio of major procurement projects, leading and setting direction for commercial teams.

•    Driving improvements, innovation and performance from suppliers; supporting cross agency team collaboration.

•    To lead on and manage the delivery of a highly professional and valued procurement and supply service to a wide range of participants, demonstrating a collaborative and partnering style along with professional integrity.

•    Oversee and manage the delivery of a large multi-million-pound portfolio of major procurement projects.

•    Advise and challenge partners through to commercial senior leadership on strategic issues and challenging leaders to deliver key business and people outcomes.

The Person

You will play a vital management role in a large geographically dispersed team, keeping pace with evolving mission needs, setting clear and concise direction and priorities for the team that align to business priorities and the Commercial business plan.

It is essential that you are a role model in supporting, empowering and instilling confidence within teams. Through coaching, mentoring and sharing expertise/knowledge you will ensure teams deliver excellent procurement and supply service outcomes and have evidence of effectively bringing about and embedding organisational change. You will be able to clearly set the direction and lead others, whilst being fully joined up with your management colleagues to maintain a highly skilled, resilient and agile team.

You will possess practical experience in a procurement and supply chain environment, of leading and implementing complex decisions and have a comprehensive understanding of best practice procurement, supply chain processes and methodologies. You will also have experience in managing significant spend and saving efficiencies.

In particular we are very interested in people with experience in consultancy, workforce provision including both recruitment and contingent labour, learning and development, business process outsourcing, staff services such as employee benefits and wellbeing, health and safety, and business travel.

You will be comfortable developing strategic relationships with multiple stakeholders and suppliers, understanding their vision and adapting your approach with ease. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are crucial to be effective in developing, building and enhancing constructive relationships with customers, sponsors and external supplier organisations with integrity and impartiality. Outstanding written skills and experience of writing a and agreeing commercial strategies and plans, is also essential for the role.

You will be willing to engage in continuous professional development to keep your exisiting knowledge current, and will also be supported to identify any training opportunities for future learning and development.


This role is based in London or Cheltenham. Please note, we do not cover relocation costs.
Honesty and integrity are crucial if you want to work at the Intelligence Agencies. Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.


Initially, we will ask you to complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria. If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to begin an application.
You will need to create a login and provide your full name, email address and memorable password. Once you have successfully created a personal account, you will be required to complete a registration form, providing contact details and equal opportunities mentoring information.

You will then be invited to upload your C.V and complete an online application form. If you pass the sift, you will be required to attend a telephone interview which should last approximately 25 minutes and will check that you have the potential skills and motivation to work for us.
Successful applicants will be invited to a face to face interview at the Intelligence Agencies, which will include some scenario and competency based questions and further explore your motivation to work for the security agencies.

This will be followed by a security interview with a vetting officer which will take place in Central London or Cheltenham. This is an important part of the selection process. It is an interview to explore your life and experiences and is not a competency or capability-based interview.

Please note, you must successfully pass each stage of the process in order to progress to the next.

Disability Confident: Offer of Interview

As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview. This is known as Offer of an Interview.  To secure an interview for this vacancy, the minimum criteria (in order of application process) are:

  • Eligibility Questions - You will be asked a series of questions relating to this vacancy. If you meet the criteria here you will be directed to the application form.
  • On successful completion of the application form sift you will be invited to a telephone interview. This is our offer of an interview.


To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or naturalised British citizen and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last 10 years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You will nonetheless be considered if you have, for example, served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty's Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application.  Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the How to Apply section.


Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.


The UK Intelligence Agencies are Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect.  Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit. We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.

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