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Director of Global Procurement
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Pay band: Senior Management Broadband – Leaders of Major Functions & Geographies Location: Manchester Contract type: Indefinite (IDC) Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: 16th Feb 2020 (23:59 UK Time)

Please note that in Autumn 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.


About us:


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


Our vision is to establish a globally aligned Procurement function, equipped with the necessary skills and tools alongside a clear remit to deliver better value for money.  We’ll therefore provide proactive, expert procurement support, allowing our businesses to focus on their core skills and deliver value in their specialist areas.


The opportunity:


Our organisation is internationally recognised as a global leader in cultural relations and a world authority in the teaching and learning of English.


In the key role of Director of Global Procurement, you will have a real opportunity to enhance this success.


You’ll achieve this through leading and further developing a professional, commercial function that enables our business to engage best in class suppliers.  This will in turn aid our global business to enhance it’s brilliant and unique cultural relations and educational offering.


To do that, you’ll be implementing new structures and ways of working, further enhancing our category management approach. 


In doing so, you’ll be looking to drive change and enhance the perception of our procurement offering across the globe.


In summary, you’ll be providing overall leadership, strategic direction and guidance on a global scale for the management of the third party spend.  This is in addition to your thought leadership on leading edge procurement strategies regarding supply chain, process, and infrastructure improvements.


About You:


Key skills and experience we are seeking include:


•              Global working across different cultural environments showing an ability to influence across matrix environments

•              Functional leadership of a large and diverse procurement operation

•              Extensive experience of deploying Category Management processes and methodology

•              Evidence of achieving tangible benefits and cost savings in previous roles experience


If that sounds like you, we want to hear from you.


If you would like to understand more about this post, then please see the documents below:


Role Profile - Director of Global Procurement.docx 

British Council Core Skills.pdf
British Council Behaviours.pdf



Further details:


If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 16th Feb 2020 (23:59 UK Time). 




Our Equality Commitment:


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.


The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all of its partners to share this commitment. In line with the British Council’s safeguarding policies, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.