Procurement Business Partner - Education, Work and Skills

Manchester Permanent £36,648 - £40,221 per year
  • A unique procurement opportunity offering development and progression.
  • You will join at a key moment of transformation within the Combined Authority.

About Our Client

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is on a journey to delivering their mission of making Greater Manchester a better place for all. They have an exciting path ahead. With a new Mayoral term just starting, a new CEO joining in June and a new Devolution 'trail blazer' deal staring in April 2025, GMCA is at the forefront of developing new and innovative ways of delivering public services.

As an employer, GMCA is made up of a number of key Greater Manchester strategic functions and service providers including Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS); Waste and Resources; Environment; Work and Skills; Research; Public Sector Reform; Police, Crime and Criminal Justice; Homelessness; the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and the Commissioning Hub.


Job Description

You will lead on all procurement activity and contract management within the Education, Work and Skills directorate. 

The directorate drives and supports reform and social policy developments and cross cutting innovation linking in the 10 LAs across Greater Manchester.

Delivered through a business partnering approach, you will lead on procurement activities including:

  • Homelessness - Development and implementation of "a bed every night"
  • Refugees - Refugee Transition fund
  • Early years - development of Autism support and role out throughout GM
  • Skyline project - shared children's residential care

Day to day activities include:

  • Through a business partnering approach, provide a proactive and responsive procurement service supporting the delivery of GMCA's key, strategic objectives.
  • Support high-profile, complex procurement projects to ensuring they are delivered on-time and on-budget and according to agreed specifications.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of a number of high value contracts and tenders, utilising different routes to market, simultaneously whilst delivering best value for money and achieving cashable savings.
  • Undertake the negotiation and management of strategic contracts and support the contract management arrangements.
  • Undertake collaborative tendering activity with regional and national partners where applicable.

The Successful Applicant

  • Previous experience of working within a procurement function.
  • Experience managing end to end procurement processes and tenders.
  • Ability to build strong trusting relationships with suppliers, clients, customers and colleagues.
  • Self-motivated with ability to prioritise workloads of self to meet deadlines

What's on Offer

  • Salary from £36,648 with yearly increments up spine points to a maximum of £40,221, in addition to local government pay increases.
  • Hybrid working with expectation to be in the Manchester office 1 day per week on Tuesdays.
  • Flexileave: by accruing time, up to two days of flexileave per month can be taken.
  • Attractive Local Government Pension.
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays. Option to buy and sell annual leave.
  • Volunteering days and quarterly events.
  • Support with training and qualifications.
  • Life insurance cover.
  • Join an staff culture rated 'outstanding' with a range of internal staff networks to support staff; Rainbow (LGBTQIA+), GM Women's Success and Support Network, Race and Faith, Enable Staff Network (disability network) and Armed Forces Networks.

We value the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across Greater Manchester. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people's age, disability, Trans status and non-binary identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Julia Taylor
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Phone number
+44 114 270 3760

Job summary

Job function
Procurement & Supply Chain
Indirect Procurement
Public Sector
Contract type
Consultant name
Julia Taylor
Consultant phone
+44 114 270 3760
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