Closing date: 11:55pm, 3 October 2022 Salary: £48,997 to £60,115, plus a location allowance of £1,639 Location: Kilburn Police Station, 38 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6LT
In 2020, the Met Commercial function revised its operating model, establishing six pillars which have overall accountability for activity covering the commercial life cycle, as well as relevant business partnering responsibilities across the wider business.
In this role you will be expected to undertake Category Management for Forensics, contributing to delivering commercial excellence for the Met, providing a customer focused service, understanding the business need and stakeholder drivers, with the aim of becoming a trusted commercial advisor. You will also develop relationships with Met’s key and strategic suppliers, driving value for money and risk management excellence across the category.
You will play an essential part in leading parts of the overall commercial life cycle. You will own key aspects of Forensics Category Management, including strategy and policy development, understanding needs and sourcing options, and the procurement process itself. You will feed into the wider Category Management team, working with a range of team members, internal and external stakeholders to drive improved commercial outcomes for Met.
What does the average day look like? Your core duties will include (but are not limited to):
Strategic delivery and management within the Forensics category:
understanding Met commercial strategy and feeding into planning based on commercial approaches that deliver requirements that are in line with business needs, category strategies and market trends
feeding into the development of category strategies and delivery of sourcing requirement within Commercial Services, as part of the team supporting business as usual and project activities
understanding demand by forecasting and planning requirements with internal stakeholders and suppliers
developing and maintaining category plans for key spend areas
Understands relevant sourcing options and analysis, and delivers positive outcomes through the procurement process:
leading on end-to-end strategic sourcing activities for MPS and serving as a subject matter expert
working with key stakeholders to develop a clear and agreed view of business requirements, and supporting business units in articulating their commercial requirements
advising and providing professional guidance throughout the sourcing process, considering and evaluating a range of sourcing models
leading development of commercial input into business cases, demonstrating a project's benefits, value for money and risk
influencing and shaping future procurement policy and standards across Met
identifying opportunities to develop collaborative partnerships with suppliers
provides a procurement service to the Met which delivers demonstrable value for money and compliant goods and services contracts as part of a team of procurement professionals on larger procurement activities, including driving productivity opportunities with existing supply base to deliver further savings
responsible for negotiation with third parties where necessary, and has knowledge and experience relating to commercial negotiation techniques
understanding and being accountable for sourcing compliance and frameworks
Ensuring effective commercial contract and supplier management within the category:
supporting in the contract management of strategic contracts within relevant category
Building and maintaining key relationships across the Met and with important external stakeholders:
developing effective working relationships with supplier organisations to establish appropriate governance and relationship arrangements, ensuring the effective management of clarifications and change requests
provision of commercial advice to stakeholders on all aspects of commercial
engaging, where required, with the relevant senior business lead, ensuring that business requirements are supported by category strategies
internal stakeholders will include:
Met colleagues who are users and buyers of the goods and services within the category and relevant business units
Met colleagues within Corporate Services, such as Finance and Legal
police staff and police officer colleagues
external stakeholders will include:
Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) officers
partner agencies staff as required
appropriate level supplier relationships
Enabling and developing the Met:
championing of procurement best practice and working with others to create a proactive and intelligent function
contributing to the maintenance and updating of systems throughout the procurement lifecycle
managing catalogues and commercial content, and may be responsible for owning key aspects of this
working with key stakeholders to promote the use of catalogues
playing a role in building capability of new starters and those on development programmes, such as students
Mentoring and providing guidance to junior members of the team.
Working within a secure environment upon sensitive projects as required
excellent understanding of sourcing and procurement methodologies, ideally within a regulated or public sector environment
experience of developing and implementing category strategies in collaboration with the business which deliver high quality commercial outcomes and organisational benefits, whilst ensuring value for money
experience of leading a negotiation with suppliers and successfully employing appropriate negotiating techniques based on the category sourcing strategy
ability to prioritise and manage a demanding workload whilst balancing both operationally urgent and important tasks to deliver to deadlines aligned with strong project management capabilities gained through practical professional experience
experience of working and effectively influencing stakeholders, projecting personal impact and credibility at all levels of the organisation and the external market, demonstrating an ability to influence, persuade and effectively communicate
evidence of inspirational and inclusive leadership, developing a professional culture and building commercial capability that empowers team members through coaching, mentoring and sharing of expertise and knowledge
experience of working in contract management roles or across the commercial life cycle
CIPS qualification or IACCM certification (or working towards)
If successful at the paper sift stage, candidates will be invited to undertake interviews.
Applicants should also be aware of the need to sign a confidentiality agreement on taking up the post.
Your personal statement should address in order each of the essential and desirable criteria as outlined above, and your motivation for applying for this role. There is no word limit but you should try to limit your personal statement to two or three sides of A4.
If you have any questions or want to discuss the role, email us.
Completed applications must be submitted by 11.55pm, 3 October 2022.
You will be informed if you are to be invited to interview during the week commencing 10 October 2022 and interviews are currently planned for the week commencing 17 October 2022. Although this is subject to change.
We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.
As a Disability Confident committed employer, the Met has committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
We are committed to creating an inclusive working environment and we welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working or job share.