Interim Procurement Consultant

£400 - £500 per day
20 Jul 2018
17 Aug 2018
Kirsty McEwen
Full Time
Interim Procurement Consultant
2 – 3 Month Contract
£400 - £500 per day
Central London

This is an exciting short term project for a procurement change agent, where you will be required to quickly identify areas of potential savings and advise on strategy?

The procurement team is responsible for managing approximately £16m of expenditure per year, covering programme delivery across three key areas:

• Outdoor activity centres for (c. £7m),
• Residential accommodation (c. £4m)
• Transport (c. £3m), of which c. 85% relates to coach hire and 15% for minibuses
• Other costs (totalling c. £1m), covering food and other departmental costs such as equipment, and staff salaries.

Recently the department has undergone a period of change with the departure of its Head. This therefore provides a natural opportunity to assess the department's policies and procedures, and review the structure and scope of the department.

In order to drive departmental efficiencies and achieve cost savings, we are looking for someone who can come in and assess the following areas:

i. Review of the role of the procurement department within the organisation, assessing whether given the nature and size of the organisation a single, central function providing procurement for the organisation as a whole is best (including Finance, IT etc.) or whether due to the specialisms required Procurement should continue to focus on programme delivery only (accommodation, transport etc.).

ii. Following from the above, guidance regarding what a reasonable level of resourcing/investment in terms of team size, structure and composition is needed so as to allow us to implement best practice and pro-actively and successfully compete in the market.

iii. Review of current procurement templates and procedures to form a view of efficiencies that can be realised operationally.

iv. A high level review of key procurement contracts to assess whether they are fit-for-purpose and what key considerations could be for renegotiation in order to drive down cost or manage risk.

v. Though a tailored market report or benchmarking study is a much larger piece of work and out-of-scope, it is likely that much of expenditure is market standard and therefore insight into key value drivers and opportunities or risks should arise naturally

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