Global Procurement Manager

Oxford Policy Management
  • Location
    Multiple Locations, Nigeria
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 16

Position description

Oxford Policy Management is looking for an experienced Global Procurement Manager to work in one of its global offices (Kenya, United Kingdom, India or Nigeria) to lead on the strategic development and delivery of procurement activity within the company, reviewing the existing activities across procurement and contract management to ensure value for money, and using prior experience and expertise to recommend strategy and approach, develop appropriate procedures and policies and deliver agreed outcomes on an ongoing basis.

The Global Procurement Manager is responsible for establishing the global procurement approach for OPM including the development of strategy, policies and processes and policies to enable a strategic, efficient and flexible procurement approach which will deliver optimum value for money and robust and quality service provision.   As an outstanding model in your field, you will be an experienced senior purchasing professional working with key stakeholders and creating and delivering a procurement and contracting approach for OPM.  You will be able to understand and challenge existing ways of working, using knowledge of best practice and new developments to help us improve our approach.  

Performing this exciting and challenging role as a senior procurement professional, it is expected that you will develop and assess the company-wide (global) procurement strategy in line with our corporate strategy and be able to assess the sourcing and contract management requirements at both a corporate and project level while doing so. You will enhance our work by ably recommending the appropriate approach for procurement and contract management globally, providing recommendations in relation to structure and provide clear roles and responsibilities that are applicable and or appropriate for all relevant global and legal jurisdictions; in turn this will lead into recommending appropriate processes and suppliers that enable compliance, risk mitigation, value for money, potential cost savings and efficiencies. We will ask you to create and write the appropriate policies and guidance where we have the need for it and implement any agreed approach resulting from this. Finally, one of the key objectives will be for you to manage and lead, continuously developing our teams and monitor our approaches as the organisation develops and changes.

Please note that you must own the pre-existing right to work in one of the listed countries before applying as we are regrettably unable to sponsor visas.

Day to day responsibilities for this role will include (not exhaustive):


  • Develop, gain agreement to and implement the appropriate strategy and approach for procure to pay process (including sourcing and contract management) globally.
  • Develop and maintain a procurement budget, set targets for cost savings and work with the Finance Department to track performance against the targets.
  • Consolidate business procurement requirements, develop annual procurement plans, review procurement budgets to identify cost-saving approaches and ensure goods and services are efficiently and effectively delivered.
  • Identify, assess and mitigate procurement risks, and ensure compliance to the procurement process across the company.
  • Create the relevant outputs in relation to any agreed procurement and contract management approach including: roles and responsibilities, process maps, appropriate internal controls and authorisations.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain the company’s Procurement Policy and associated procurement procedures, providing support, guidance, professional procurement advice and training.
  • Establish the appropriate approach and associated processes for Projects with significant procurement requirements, supporting these through the acquisition phase.
  • Working with the relevant stakeholders, provide the strategic guidance and support to ensure the development of appropriate Project Procurement Plans and associated support material advice and training.
  • Work closely with the international offices to understand their requirements to ensure processes are localized, fit for purpose and legislatively compliant.
  • Develop a programme of prioritised procurement initiatives alongside maintaining systems of governance, responsibility and accountability for all procurement activity in the company.
  • Develop appropriate governance to support Project aligned procurement that aligns to legislative and donor requirements.
  • Initiate and manage relevant procurement partnerships and successfully negotiate with relevant suppliers to secure favourable terms.


  • Degree in relevant discipline i.e. Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Business, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics, Applied Science, or a related field, or similar level of knowledge gained through relevant work experience. 
  • Accreditation through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) or equivalent.
  • You will have up to date specialist knowledge of legislation, standards, and best practice relevant to Procurement, as well as owning excellent and demonstrable understanding of Supply Chain Management.
  • A solid understanding of project management processes and up-to-date knowledge of the legal complexities of public sector associated procurement.
  • End-to-end strategic procurement experience, ideally having had some exposure to Professional Services, Consultancy or International Development procurement and contract management, to include the tendering process; drafting, negotiating, and managing the procurement process; monitoring, reviewing, and evaluation of contract compliance, with both scale and volume.
  • Experience of creating and implementing new procurement strategies and policies, with proof of tangible results in an international environment.
  • Experience with global supply, complex supplier negotiations, developing/assessing contractual terms and conditions and supplier assessment/due diligence.
  • You will be used to effectively preparing and presenting reports and presentations and be comfortable taking the lead in competitive procurements, using relationship building and influencing skills both internally and externally to achieve the best outcomes
  • Strong stakeholder management ability, demonstrating personal and professional credibility and integrity 
  • You will have the ability to work co-operatively and confidently with administrative and academic colleagues at all levels.
  • You'll be able to self-motivate and work effectively on your own initiative, and be able to seamlessly plan, set priorities to meet deadlines, and achieve your set targets and goals.
  • You will have strong experience of working with IT systems and software packages including Microsoft Office, and some experience with Microsoft Dynamics would be desirable.
  • Lastly, you will own strong commercial awareness, be financially astute and a good negotiator to obtain results.

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