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Procurement Manager

Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
RG31 7SD, Reading
£47,573 - £52,663 per annum (pay award pending)
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Specialist Area
Procurement, Purchasing
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Procurement Manager


Salary:  £47,573 - £52,663 per annum (pay award pending), Grade 7

Hours: Full time - 37 hours per week

Location – Service Headquarters, Calcot, Reading

Excellent annual leave allowance of 30 days, flexible working hour’s onsite gym, hybrid working, parking facilities and a Local Government Pension Scheme are available

Are you interested in leading our procurement function?

Do you have skills to motivate colleagues and engage with internal and external stakeholders?

As part of the Procurement team reporting to the Deputy Head of Finance and Procurement, the Procurement Manager is a key member of the Procurement function at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS).

This role offers a great opportunity to make a difference in an evolving public service environment and in an organisation with a reputation for excellence, who invest in their employees continuing development and offer flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a good work-life balance

 About you:

You must be an individual who can lead our procurement function, manage internal and external stakeholders, have excellent negotiations skills and have excellent commercial awareness with the ability to build effective solutions.  

The key focus of this role is:

  • Responsible for the procurement of key capital and services projects, ensuring they deliver value for money and are procured in a compliant and efficient manner.
  • Deliver key procurement activities linked to RBFRS’s strategic priorities and ensure they are in line with the NFCC Service Improvement Programme.
  • Ensure that tendering, negotiation and contract award requirements are complied with in accordance with current legislation and Authority Contract Regulations.
  • Lead on the provision of information to meet statutory and legislative external needs and to meet internal reporting requirements.
  • Advise on opportunities to deliver any process changes through working with key stakeholders ensuring that all advice is supported by robust analysis of options that will deliver value for money.
  • Maintain oversight of all the projects within the programmes to ensure that interdependencies between projects are identified and managed.
  • Maintain high levels of performance and continuous learning across the team, driving delivery of outcomes including achieving savings and efficiencies.

Key role requirements (knowledge, skills and experience):

  • Extensive knowledge of public sector procurement (this can be through working in the Fire, Police, local government, or University sector), working knowledge of PCR15 and willingness to learns and adopt new legislation and improve outcomes and ensure compliance.
  • Extensive knowledge of public sector procurement and contract regulations
  • Extensive experience of designing and leading tenders across a diverse range of different spend categories within the public sector
  • Experience of delivering improved value for money through effective contract management and procurement design
  • Experience of managing and advising of key contract management issues, negotiating contract terms
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills and ability to identify solutions to support customers.
  • Ability to work at pace with conflicting priorities
  • Understanding of social value and including how to embed through procurement to achieve objectives.

Application and selection process

The successful candidate will demonstrate and promote behaviours in line with the Job Profile/Person Specification and our Behaviour Competency Framework as attached.

The Behavioural Competency Framework allows us to easily identify the behaviours that drive successful performance and enables us to deliver an effective service. The behaviours detailed within the job profile will be assessed throughout the selection process.

The application for this position will include a completed application form and submission of an up to date CV.

Please see the link to the Job profile on applying

Appointment is conditional upon undertaking a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check,

Rechecks will be required in line with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Statement.  

For further details about the role or to simply discuss any adaptations or adjustments we can make to assist you in your application or with our recruitment process please contact Irene Kema Onyeri, Deputy Head of Finance and Procurement at to arrange an informal discussion.

Please note we do not accept applications via Agencies or CV’s without an accompanying application form.

Closing date for applications is 24 November 2023

It is anticipated that the assessment/interview process will run week commencing - Early December 2023

Anticipated start date:  January/ February 2024.

Please note that is your personal responsibility to check whether by applying / accepting this position it would result in any Annual Allowance implications. A breach in the Annual Allowance threshold could result in a Tax charge.

Please view our privacy notice.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service values your individuality, your diversity and your dignity.  All are welcome here. Inclusion, diversity and equality are principles which guide our decisions and will be visible throughout the Service, and we will continually work to improve in these areas. 

We are committed to creating an inclusive culture of dignity and trust where everyone feels safe and comfortable to bring their whole self to work.

Simply: The communities we serve are varied and diverse, we should be too.

Applications are welcome for job-share or part time arrangements please enquire on application.

All applications are considered on merit alone. We are a Disability Confident Leader – if you meet the essential criteria of the role, you will be guaranteed an interview if you choose to opt into the Disability Confident Scheme (formerly known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme).

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