Assistant Procurement Officer – London Fire Brigade

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London Fire Brigade is the busiest fire and rescue service in the country. What’s more, we are one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world protecting people and property from 102 stations across the 1587 square kilometres of Greater London.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is in the early stages of a multi-year transformation journey. This aims of this transformation are to provide the capabilities, capacity, and resiliency to enable LFB to provide the best possible service to London and Londoners.

As part of this, the Commercial and Procurement department is transforming to introduce a robust end-to-end category management capability to enable the efficient transition to a more digital, data-driven, and results-focused way of working. We are seeking enthusiastic, passionate, and experienced Procurement Professionals to join our team for this exciting journey!

The Assistant Procurement Officer will support one of the Category teams (Professional Services, Assets and Estates or Operations) in managing effective accurate purchase to pay activity including management of electronic catalogue to ensure the value from contracts is maximised and that stakeholder’s needs are met. This includes the support and contribution to the category team strategy with accurate use of procurement data analytics and management information; and ensuring timely escalation of risks and issues to meet the function’s performance targets.

Applicants should have experience of working in a customer facing environment and have an understanding of the importance of managing public expenditure compliantly and transparently. Ideally the candidate will have purchase to pay experience and an understanding of public contracts regulations. They will also have experience of working flexibly in a team and responding effectively to changing priorities to meet deadlines or targets.

We are looking for someone with hands-on experience in managing the needs of a diverse customer base and demonstrating accuracy and attention to detail, with good interpersonal and communication skills. They will have experience of Microsoft 365 applications.

This role is part of a team and is expected to manage time effectively and reports to either the Procurement and Contracts Officer (FRS D) or Senior Procurement & Contracts Manager (FRS E).

Further information about the main duties and responsibilities of the role are detailed in the job description. If you are unable to see the job description please visit our jobs pages at https://jobs.london-fire.gov.uk/alljobs/ to access the full advert.

We value the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across London. The London Fire Commissioner is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Assessment Overview

Stage 1

Online application, CV and cover letter (sift). Shortlisted candidates will be invited to stage 2.

To apply, please complete the online application, provide a cover letter clearly outlining the relevant experience, skills and knowledge you have to successfully perform this role (see the highlighted areas on job description below) and upload a copy of your up-to-date CV. Please note that we will review and score the cover letter based against the competencies highlighted in the selection criteria section of the job description. The CV is for information purposes only and will not be marked.

Please ensure you give yourself enough time to complete and submit your application. Late or un-submitted applications cannot be accepted.

Please note any correspondence received from us will be via e-mail and sent to the address you provide on your application form.

Stage 2

Assessment for this role is due to take place Mid- July . Please be advised that if you are unable to make the scheduled assessment date, we may not be able to make alternative arrangements.

Please note: Should you be shortlisted you may need to be able to conduct an interview over Microsoft Teams (a video conferencing service). You will be asked to provide relevant contact details for that to take place if shortlisted.

Additional Information

Benefits of working for LFB
• 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
• Option Absence Scheme (which can result in an additional 12 days annual leave for staff at this grade)
• Flexible working including job share
• Welfare Scheme
• Use of Brigade Medical Adviser/physios
• Season ticket loans
• Equality Support Groups
• Contributory Pension Scheme
• Cycle to work scheme
• Opportunity to access affordable accommodation

In line with the Basic Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) employment checks will be completed by successful candidates, which will include a Standard criminal records check. Successful candidate will be required to declare any convictions for offences and any offer of employment is subject to the LFC receiving a criminal records disclosure which it considers satisfactory.

Salary: £34,215.00- £41,075.00 per annum

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: June 25 2024

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