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Procurement Partner (18 months FTC)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

This is an exciting time to join Diabetes UK as we have an increased focus on securing value for money in our contracts with key suppliers. You will be building on the work of the previous post holder who began to work across the organisation to educate and support colleagues in procurement. You will be reporting directly to the Head of Finance and will work with a team of Finance Business Partners to influence colleagues. 

You will have lots of opportunity to influence our processes & procedures and develop the procurement process. You will have a role in developing policies and approaches, and working closely with the finance & legal team, will ensure the charity has the reporting, processes and controls it needs to drive best practice in this area. 

You will offer procurement support across the charity, identifying opportunities, creating work plans and partnering with colleagues with the ultimate aim of reducing cost and managing risk through effective procurement. 

This post holder will use their expert knowledge to ensure that Diabetes UK complies with relevant procurement legislation and guidance.

We have a friendly and inclusive working environment here at Diabetes UK and are proud of our hybrid approach which allows great flexibility in the way that we work. This means that you can balance your working time between home and the office, subject to the needs of your role.

Interview Date: 17 April 2024

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Role Responsibility

As the Procurement Partner, you will be responsible for helping Diabetes UK identify areas where there are opportunities to reduce cost, reduce risk, or increase value for the charity – and act on these. You will work closely with the finance business partnering team & individual budget holders to maximise value for money from our charitable spend.

This will be a very interesting role working across both the legal and finance teams and the right candidate will have scope to work across the organisation to promote the value of effective procurement.

We envisage this role will make a real difference to us as a organisation so welcome enthusiastic applicants who want to contribute to driving change to apply

The Ideal Candidate

Utilise your experience of working in procurement (from either the charitable, public or commercial sector) to support Diabetes UK to achieve value for money through our procurement activities.

Take a partnership approach to supporting colleagues and work collaboratively. Be curious about the activities delivered through suppliers, and use data and evidence to make decisions on areas of focus for procurement. 

An innovative thinker, able to spot opportunities and drive change based on findings, risks, incidents and changes of regulatory requirements.  

Promote the value of effective procurement across the organisation
Be self-motivated and able to work both independently and in partnership with others.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time)
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working (not applicable to roles with fixed shift patterns)
  • 2 Days TOIL in recognition of fixed shift patterns (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.


Diabetes UK

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