Procurement Manager

Organisation: The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Salary: 45268-50485

Location: Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh explores, conserves, and explains the world of plants for a better future. We are a world leading botanical institute and international visitor attraction taking positive action for plants and people; from local communities across Scotland, to more than 40 countries around the world. Our priority is to tackle the biodiversity crisis and the climate emergency and support the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Our work builds on our more than 350-year history as a scientific botanic garden, a centre of biodiversity education and training, the internationally important botanical collections in our care, and our extensive international partnerships.

We are looking for an experienced Procurement Manager to join our Finance, Corporate Governance & Risk team. This is a highly responsible role providing technical expertise and advice to colleagues across the organisation. You will get involved in all stages of the procurement process and be the first point of contact for stakeholders on anything relating to procurement.

In particular, the role will be responsible for a number of complex and demanding areas including:
• Continued development of a decentralised procurement process to standardise and simplify procurement approaches across the organisation
• Monitor, review and update our existing policies and documentation
• Provide advice and guidance to our staff involved in the procurement of goods, works and services, including catering and commercial contracts
• Develop standardised process and contract templates for use across the organisation based on the Scottish Government ‘Procurement Journey’
• Ensure compliance with all relevant procurement legislation
• Ensure that environmental and sustainability is embedded within all our procurement activities
• Explore all avenues of potential procurement collaboration
• Manage the process of utilising Scottish Government and other public sector framework contracts across the organisation

Applicants will need a demonstrable track record of knowledge and expertise in public sector procurement processes and procedures and in depth knowledge of Scottish and UK procurement legislation. As a non-departmental public body and a registered charity we operate within the accounting and governance requirements of both the public and charity sectors, and knowledge of both areas would be advantageous. In addition you’ll ideally be a member or working towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Although we see this as a full-time role, applications will also be considered from exceptional candidates looking to work on a part-time basis.

To apply please email with:

• your CV
• a covering letter outlining the skills, knowledge and experience you’d bring to the post
• a completed equal opportunities questionnaire – available on our website

Application Deadline: Monday 22/07/2024