Senior Procurement Specialist

1 permanent post

Location: Paisley
Salary: £40,332 - £44,091

Scotland Excel is an award-winning Centre of Procurement Expertise providing a wide range of procurement, commissioning, consultancy, and learning and development services for our members.

Since 2008, we have helped to establish procurement as an effective driver for local and national economic growth and wellbeing. Our £2bn portfolio of collaborative contracts supports the delivery of savings, social value, community benefits, fair work practices and environmental policy, and covers a wide range of public services including construction, roads, transport, environment, corporate and education.

Scotland Excel also develops and manages arrangements which support the commissioning of care services for children and adults. Our national care contracts are developed in partnership with care professionals, including care providers, to support person-centred outcomes embedded within national policy.

We also provide procurement and consultancy services to help our members get the most from their procurement resources, ranging from ad-hoc tendering support through to transformation programmes and strategic procurement partnerships.

The Scotland Excel Academy offers applied learning programmes leading to accredited qualifications in procurement, leadership and management, coaching and mentoring, project management and business analysis, as well as short courses and workshops.

Scotland Excel is a non-profit organisation working with members from across the public sector including local authorities, health and social care partnerships, housing associations, and other public and third sector organisations.

About the role

We are seeking a Senior Procurement Specialist to oversee frameworks within the Corporate category and to lead the development of sourcing strategies to deliver value-for-money and improved services for our customers.

Our team is committed to working constructively and collaboratively with our suppliers in developing value add opportunities and harnessing the potential for our supply chain to support Scotland’s councils and wider public sector in delivering better outcomes and services.

A key focus of this role lies within the food frameworks and a knowledge of the current landscape in relation to local sourcing priorities, including changes to the Nutritional requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020 would be beneficial, but not essential as your team will be well versed in this area.

Working alongside a team of ten enthusiastic procurement professionals, the focus for this role will be looking above and beyond the traditional approaches of procurement focusing on what are the best outcomes for the citizens of Scotland, working with strategic partners such as Scottish Government, APSE, The Soil Association and Scotland Food & Drink amongst others.

The Corporate portfolio is varied and includes a number of frameworks that councils will use and call off from frequently, such as food into schools / care homes, PPE and a wide range of items used within schools such as educational materials and office furniture.

As a Senior Procurement Specialist for the Corporate category and reporting into the Category Manager, you will be the lead point of contact for all procurement and supply chain queries associated with such expenditure and to coordinate activities with other members of the team where appropriate.

We welcome applications from all procurement backgrounds, whether it is public or private sector. What we ask you to bring is your enthusiasm and determination to make a difference to the members of society who benefit from our wide range of contracts.    

You will work with like-minded colleagues who get real satisfaction from supporting the delivery of essential public services and bringing social, economic and environmental benefits to our communities.


What we can offer you

As well as a competitive salary, you will have access to all the benefits of working for a public sector organisation including a defined benefits pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, flexible working, the possibility of remote working and a range of other initiatives which reflect our commitment to creating a positive work-life balance for all our employees.

All Scotland Excel staff are currently working remotely. However, on return to the office a hybrid working system will be introduced.

Full details of what makes Scotland Excel an employer of choice in public procurement and the benefits of working at Scotland Excel can be found on our What We Offer page.


Relevant documents

Job Profile - Senior Procurement Specialist - PDF, 110KB

Person Specification - Senior Procurement Specialist - PDF, 103KB

Equality Monitoring Form - DOC, 40KB


How to apply

To apply, please forward a tailored CV (of no more than three pages), a covering letter explaining why you meet the requirements for this role and a completed equality monitoring form. Note that applications without a covering letter and equality monitoring form will automatically be disregarded.

It would be helpful if you could indicate in your covering letter which commodity area(s) interests you.

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and guarantee an interview to those candidates who meet the essential requirements for the position.  If you have a disability, please make us aware of it in your covering letter.

Please email covering letter, CV and equalities form to If you require these forms in a different format, please email us at the above address or call 0141 488 8760.

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