Job Title:          Group Procurement Manager

Hours:              37.5 hours per week

Location:          Bolton

Salary:              £40,000 - £45,000 dependent on experience and qualifications

Contract:          Permanent


About the Role

The Group Procurement Manager will have the responsibility of ensuring the Group has sufficient supplies of goods, services and utilities to conduct its business, and  will  ensure these goods and services are procured at the best price, quality and best commercial terms and in accordance with our CSR and other obligations.

This will be done by planning, coordinating, negotiating and managing procurement exercises on behalf of the Group on a range of products and services and where appropriate stimulating markets to respond to our evolving business needs.

The post holder will manage and maintain all the supplier data bases, our supplier contracts register and supplier succession planning, and  will  be expected to deliver reporting of ‘value-added’ as well as the presentation of performance against the procurement plan to the Board.

It will be important for the successful candidate to quickly build relationships with operational managers across the Group and demonstrate effective leadership skills with stakeholders by developing, communicating and promoting the purpose, values and vision of improved procurement and supply chain management.


Who we are looking for

The ideal candidate will have good strategic planning skills, be able to work independently and at pace and have good commercial awareness and be a confident negotiator, with a good working knowledge and experience of running tenders for the procurement of goods or services. Experience and knowledge of contract law is essential.

The post holder will work closely with colleagues across the Group, providing them with the support and specialist advice to ensure effective solutions. You must be able to influence and drive performance and help us to continually improve our procurement.

We expect you to provide a customer led service, so excellent communication skills are required, as is the ability to build relationships with all stakeholders including senior managers, colleagues and external third parties.


About the Group

Outcomes First Group is the largest independent provider of high quality foster care and special needs education and care. We are a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we educate and care for.

Our divisional brands include Acorn Care and Education, Hillcrest, National Fostering Group, Options, Pathway Care Residential and Sunflower Fostering.


Essential Criteria

  • Analytical skills
  • Strong negotiator
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Working knowledge and experience of running tenders for the procurement of goods or services.
  • Knowledge and experience of contract law
  • IT skills
  • A full driving licence and the ability to travel as required


Why work for us

  • Holidays starting at 25 days per annum
  • Extensive training suite
  • Career development across the Group
  • Professional support network
  • Contributory Pension
  • The Hub – employee discounts, recognition cards, well-being centre
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Salary Finance
  • Option to purchase private medical


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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