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Principal Procurement Manager

Posted 23 days ago
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Greater London, South East, EnglandPermanent
Salary: CompetitiveSectors:SolarJob Reference: BH-7221

Our client is looking for a Principal Procurement Manager. This role will report to the Head of Procurement and Contract Management and lead in providing comprehensive procurement support to development and construction activities for solar and battery storage projects. As a key figure of the procurement team, embedded within the Procurement Department, this is a key position in delivering end-to-end procurement support principally for Solar and Battery Projects.
Key Responsibilities

  • Developing and leading a team of procurement professionals .
  • Initiating and implementing Solar and Battery project procurement/sourcing strategies and plans including obtaining buy-in from key internal stakeholders.
  • Assessing and evaluating procurement risks (political, environment, technical, economic and legal) and developing appropriate procurement/commercial mitigation strategies.
  • Leading procurement of goods and services for new projects and associated activities to agreed project and commercial objectives in line with governance and approved procedures.
  • Develop category management expertise in consultation with key stakeholders to identify and promote new procurement opportunities for the business (e.g., new entrants, innovations, cost savings etc.) that generates improved commercial insights and value.
  • Able to use and interpret market research/market intelligence.
  • Identification, pre-qualification and qualification of suppliers.
  • Lead on the evaluation of bids and co-ordinating inputs from the wider evaluation team (technical, legal, HSE).
  • Negotiation and timely award of high value contracts for goods, works and services in consultation with the wider project team in in accordance with best-value and approved procedures.
  • Auditing/reviewing compliance with approved procurement procedures, including participation in key supplier audits (where necessary).
  • Performance management of supply chain to drive continuous improvement and optimal performance, including compiling and evaluating periodic procurement KPI reports.
  • Managing procurement processes on business systems (e.g., SAP, iValua) and acting as a single point of reference for your business users.
  • Promoting sustainable and ethical procurement in line with the company's sustainability ambitions.
  • Provide support to wider team objectives and technologies in the company's portfolio, such as business planning, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and procurement systems development.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of procurement, sourcing and contract management and a proven track record
  • Experience of leading teams and support team development (e.g. towards CIPS or equivalent qualification(s))
  • Experience in the renewables and/or construction industry would be advantageous but is not essential
  • Experience in commercial administration of development and construction contracts and cost management.
  • Good working knowledge of category management techniques.
  • Excellent at building successful relationships with external partners, peers, stakeholders and reporting line.
  • Good command of Microsoft Office package (MS Excel, MS Word, MS Power Point, etc.).
  • Flexible to travel around the UK and overseas as the role requires.
  • Full clean UK driving licence.
  • Excellent (English) oral and written communication skills.
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