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Senior Procurement Managers

Posted: 19 Jun 2020 Closes: 10 Jul 2020
Birmingham Competitive
Permanent & Full-time HS2_20000433

As a Senior Procurement Manager at HS2 will be working within a small team to deliver the procurement activities of a procurement 'package', with each package between £10m and £1bn, and will be accountable for significant elements of procurement delivery for each package. Each Senior Procurement Manager will work closely with colleagues across the business to prepare and deliver the procurement activities and will align potentially conflicting information requiring significant influencing skills. Similar activities are anticipated being undertaken for Phase 2.

About the role:

  • Responsible for significant elements of the operational procurement for the relevant package(s), ensuring that these are aligned with other similar packages and the overall HS2 objectives, including the delivery of wider benefits.
  • Supporting the achievement of governance approval and assurance of all procurement deliverables as defined within the HS2 Procurement Handbook. Following approval of the relevant Category Plan, this includes responsibility for developing key components of the necessary Prequalification and ITT documentation to agreed timelines and ensuring that these achieve relevant approvals and assurance to permit release of this documentation.
  • Responsible for managing the procurement evaluation processes for the relevant package and ensuring that these achieve relevant approvals and assurance to allow appropriate short-listing and contract award.
  • Ensure HS2's procurement activities are undertaken in compliance with EU and UK legislation whilst driving a process that will become a benchmark for future projects around the world.
  • Manage a Procurement Manager and Procurement Officer, ensuring their output is quality-assured at its source
  • Ensure procurement reporting and management information is provided accurately and on a timely basis to synch with HS2 business reporting rhythm and cycles.
  • Present to boards and committees, as required, in order to respond to challenge and scrutiny
  • Actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all work activities, supporting and complying with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI


About You:


  • Analytical, commercial and negotiating skills for complex propositions.
  • Skilled in compiling robust tender and commercial documents
  • Ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy
  • Ability develop, implement, realise and embed innovation, value for money and benefits realisation within the process and contracts that will form the foundation of the successful delivery of the relevant package.
  • Ability to provide stakeholder focus, giving priority to engage with and understand requirements, facilitating others' understanding, to ensure these can be discussed and met as closely as possible.
  • Ability to act as a mentor to others to help and support effective performance and development
  • Ability to tailor communication to appeal to, include and engage with different audiences using pertinent argument and influencing techniques.
  • Ability to generate a range of ideas or solutions to address problems or make improvements, taking into account pragmatic solutions
  • Ability to deploy a range of negotiation tactics and strategies to secure optimal outcomes for clients
  • Ability to consult and involve others in ideas and concepts, defending area's position as necessary, recognising when to stand down
  • Seeks opportunities for change in order to achieve improvement in workflow, processes, etc.
  • Ability to develop meaningful metrics for procurement selection purposes, incentivisation and contract performance measurements


  • Governance, Assurance & Compliance (4)
  • Strategy Development (4)
  • Project Management & Planning (4)
  • Estimating & Cost Planning (1)
  • Procurement (3)
  • UCR/PCR Application (4)
  • Bespoke Third Party Agreements (2)
  • Contract Management & Administration (3)
  • Negotiation (4)
  • Dispute Resolution (2)
  • Cost Control (2)
  • Risk & Value Management (3)
  • Supply Chain Management (3)
  • Processes (4)
  • Systems (3)
  • Desirable Memberships / Qualifications - MCIPS
(1) Aware: Awareness/ theoretical appreciation of the competence.
(2) Practiced: Applies the competence under supervision, primarily in non-complex situations.
(3) Competent: Applies the competence independently or with minimal supervision, often in situations of some complexity.
(4) Proficient: Can critically evaluate and adapt to situation as required. Applies the competence independently, primarily in complex situations. Can supervise others applying the competence.
(5) Expert/ Strategic: Can critically evaluate, adapt or develop new theories and/or methods. Recognised as an expert by other senior professionals, who is called on by others for advice on the competence and educates others. Applies the competence independently in highly complex or challenging situations.

Type of experience:

  • Experience procuring large value complex heavy civils / construction or similar works/services in compliance with the Utilities Contracts Regulations with a thorough knowledge of applicable EU and UK procurement legislation and contracts using the NEC suite of contract forms
  • Experience in operating in a matrix environment, with influencing and communication skills - able to persuade on the basis of objective argument founded in fact and analysis
  • Commercial expertise to ensure that value for money is secured and demonstrated
  • Sponsor / Stakeholder relationship and management experience, with communication and influencing skills

About us:

High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK's new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain's major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.
HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.
In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.
HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others' health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our 'Safe at Heart' programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.
HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.

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