Position: Lead Procurement & Commercial Manager Offshore
Salary: GBP62700 - GBP94100 per annum
Ref: 522895_1576160996
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 12/12/2019
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Job Title: Lead Procurement & Commercial Manager (Renewables)

Location: Glasgow

Salary: £62,700 - £97,100 depending on skills and experience + car/cash allowance + annual bonus

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time with Flexible working patterns available

Exciting new opportunity to join out Renewables team based in Glasgow

About the Department

Our Procurement & Commercial function has a key part to play in fulfilling SSEs obligations as a UK-listed company, providing expertise and services that can be shared across the SSE Group, and working in partnership with all businesses to provide services tailored to their specific needs. SSE operates in a highly regulated and increasingly competitive environment, and our role is to ensure that we gather, compile, analyse and recommend on the financial strategy for our businesses, identifying opportunities to drive efficiencies and create value for SSE now, and in the future.

What is the Role?

Reporting to our Renewable Head of Procurement & Commercial, this role will manage the execution of Procurement and Commercial services relevant to Renewables/Offshore Wind. Demonstrating value leadership, customer service and innovation to support the vision in becoming a world class provider of procurement and commercial services and embed a consistent approach to reduce the total cost of ownership achieving set targets in this regard.

Leading a team of Contract Managers charged with ensuring the successful commercial delivery of projects and contracts (both pre and post contract) to achieve the strategic goals of the business whilst complying with Procurement and Commercial policies and procedures and achieving or exceeding departmental targets.

Engaging regularly with Category Managers and the Head of Procurement & Commercial Operations to ensure the wider function provides a co-ordinated, effective and efficient service to the business.

Continuously work to strategically improve procedures, standards or policies whilst adhering to regulatory guidelines and work with internal/external parties in developing the supply chain to support Offshore Wind requirements.

Key Accountabilities

Leading both direct and indirect staff in the Procurement and Commercial team dedicated to Offshore Wind and the wider Procurement and Commercial team. Establish a culture of people development, providing direction and clarity of objectives. Direct, motivate and co-coordinate the entire team to ensure the necessary expertise and support are in place to deliver the vision, objectives and goals.

Support the Head of Procurement & Commercial in providing best in class service to internal customers including procurement, contracting, supply chain management, commercial and contractual input to development, construction and operational teams within the Business Unit area.

Implementation of quality standards in contracts. Proactively identifies trends that may lead to quality issues and develops strategies to prevent them occurring.

Ensure the development and execution of Procurement and Commercial strategies which are aligned with category plans, company and business objectives. This includes identifying and implementing supply chain improvement opportunities to support business growth.

Develop the supply chain to deliver SSEs Offshore Wind pipeline.

Understand and support the development of strategic relationships with key suppliers and effectively manage key interfaces with points of contact in a business unit and with the wider procurement and commercial team.

Although not directly accountable for category management and all sourcing activities ensures through value leadership and engagement with the wider Procurement and Commercial team; the procurement at lowest cost of ownership in accordance with procurement policies and procedures. This includes covering all commercial, business and legal project risks in contracts.

Manage a team responsible for delivery of all contracts, within approved budget authorisations. This includes the administration and compliance with contract terms during design, delivery and construction phases for all projects.

Manage all post contract commercial matters including negotiating/agreeing compensation events and ensure that the core principles of the Commercial Manual are being implemented. Resolve and co-ordinate resolution for all contractual claims.

Ensure compliance with policies and procedures as set by the Standards and Assurance team & all internal controls (legal, financial, risk, quality etc.) including audit requirements, the Major Projects Governance Framework Manual and external regulatory requirements including the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations.

Build and manage business plans and related budgets for own portfolio of responsibility & Support the development of bids / business growth where appropriate.

Ensure personal development plans are in place to strengthen the team competencies and skills and providing Board Reports and related KPI information ensuring full compliance with agreed procedures.

Assist, deputise and support the Head of Procurement & Commercial as required.

What do I need?

Renewable/ Offshore Wind sector experience and understands the financial aspects and implications of operational requirements and complex capital projects.

Fully understands the commercial impact of decisions and the implications on procurement process.

Claims preparation and management experience and detailed knowledge and experience of complex contract structure and documentation.

Thorough understanding, knowledge and experience of the processes relating to procurement strategy along with experience of supplier development techniques and managing the development of supplier relationships.

Degree educated or equivalent direct entry to recognised appropriate professional body.

High level of numeracy and ability to interpret numerical data along with High level of competence in drafting and interpreting commercial contracts.

Extensive experience in delivering procurement and commercial services.

Ability to challenge the status quo to deliver change with excellent organisation and planning skills.

Excellent communication and presentation skills, enthusiasm and drive with a flexible approach to work and an ability to adapt to changing business and project priorities.

Strong people and team performance management capability and an aptitude to secure commitment on actions from all stakeholders.

Strategic thinker who can anticipate future challenges and responds accordingly.

Extensive working knowledge of the relevant conditions of contract.

Our Benefits

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Next Steps

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About SSE

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