Head of Procurement & Contracts

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Head of Procurement & Contracts - Leadership is key!

Full Time - Christchurch

  • Diverse and challenging role that needs a seasoned leader
  • Provide strategic oversight of procurement and contracts function
  • Make a difference by contributing to the long-term wellbeing of Christchurch communities

About the organisation

Christchurch City Council is one of the city’s largest businesses and the second-largest employer in the South Island, providing services and facilities to more than 380,000 residents, plus visitors – from rubbish collection and recycling, to cycleways, libraries, sports and recreation facilities and events – and a lot in between.

The Procurement and Contracts Unit operates as an integral part of the Finance and Commercial Group, acting as a centre-led shared service provider and enabler to the Council's business units - ensuring that Council continue to advance the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of Christchurch residents. With an eye firmly on the future – and the future is bright - Christchurch City Council needs an exceptional people leader and procurement professional to take on the role of Head of Procurement & Contracts.

About the opportunity

Reporting to the General Manager Finance & Commercial / CFO, the Head of Procurement & Contracts takes overall accountability for the strategic direction and management of the Council’s procurement and contract management function. In doing this, the Head of Procurement & Contracts will:

  • Provide effective leadership of a diverse and experienced team – ensuring all team members are engaged, supported and achieving their individual and team goals.
  • Take ownership of the procurement policy and strategy – develop strategic and operational plans as a framework for the development, implementation and management of best practice procurement processes, systems and policies.
  • Influence wider organisational culture and behaviors - ensuring best practice is applied across all procurement activities, in alignment with Council’s vision, strategic priorities and community outcomes.
  • Be a champion of excellence – being at the forefront of national procurement ecosystem trends and constantly identifying global initiatives and risks that will drive outcomes both at the Council and across the national procurement industry.
  • Contribute as a high performing member of the Finance and Commercial Group; supporting overall planning and execution of operational initiatives.

This role needs a capable and influential senior leader with strong technical capability who can foster a culture of real engagement. Is this you?

About you

Smart and driven, you will be a tertiary qualified procurement, supply chain or operations professional who is a strategic thinker with strong commercial acumen – you will be an accomplished procurement professional with successful and highly regarded experience in a senior leadership role within an organisation of scale. You will have strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills and the ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels. Your real strength will be your ability to inspire, lead and motivate people creating a constructive, high performance culture. You will be experienced in taking your team on the journey with you through changes and transformation. Strong and steady leadership is the key here!

If you have a genuine passion and affinity for making a difference and contributing to Christchurch being a city of opportunity for all; then we want to hear from you.

How to apply

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To discover more about the Christchurch City Council, visit www.ccc.govt.nz

For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Nicola Cull on 021 686 082 or by email to nicola@deciphergroup.co.nz

Applications close: Friday 31 January 2020  

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