21 Oct 2021

Full-Time Senior Procurement Specialist/Principal Procurement Specialist

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationWellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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Job Description

  • Permanent – full-time opportunity in Te Puna Rangatōpū (Commissioning and Communities Procurement team)
  • Wellington based

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of education

Our purpose – Is to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation – Has more than 3,000 talented, culturally diverse and committed people that work together and contribute towards making the largest difference to every child, young person, and adult student in our education system.

Our procurement vision – Shaping procurement solutions that grow future generations of NZ. We work with our partners to deliver effective, inclusive, procurement solutions enabling excellent and equitable outcomes.

About our group and team

BE&S – Business Enablement and Support Group

Commissioning and Communities Procurement team

The Business Enablement and Support Group deliver well-connected, efficient, and effective corporate services that enable our people to deliver their best every day.

Our Procurement Services Network brings together five procurement teams with procurement professionals collaborating on key deliverables and procurement opportunities.

The Commissioning and Communities Procurement Team sits under the BE&S umbrella and within the wider procurement team that works across the Ministry of Education and the Education Sector. The team procures solutions, social wrap- around and support services. These services support student learning activities, learning support programmes, Iwi, and community engagement programmes, amongst other services.

About the roles

Reporting to the Commissioning and Communities Procurement Manager, you will work with colleagues to deliver and manage high quality procurement processes. These are varied and interesting roles that will also see you provide informative procurement advice, guidance, sourcing strategies, to a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally, aligned to our procurement policies, processes and in accordance with good practice, and NZ Government Procurement Rules.

The Senior Procurement Specialist role is responsible for as follows:

  • Creating, communicating, refining and delivery of procurement life cycle process in relation to specified groups, and will support the business through procurement in a Ministry ‘centre-led’ manner, championing the quality of execution of the end- to end procurement process. This role will ensure that the markets are pro-actively and appropriately managed and that key supplier and spend categories are delivering and maximising fiscal and education benefits
  • The role will provide specialist procurement leadership and support for Group Managers and teams, including working collaboratively to perform needs analysis, develop sourcing strategies, establish procurement plans, and manage high quality procurement processes that deliver tangible value to each Group and the wider Ministry

The Principal Procurement Specialist role is the following:

  • A self-starting proactive role that will provide specialist procurement insight, mentoring and support for Group Managers and teams, including working collaboratively to perform needs analysis, develop sourcing strategies, establish procurement plans, and manage high quality procurement processes that deliver tangible value to each Group and the wider Ministry
  • Responsible for creating energy and enthusiasm within the customer, communicating and delivery of the ‘end to end’ procurement life cycle, as well as identifying and implementing areas of improvement through the procurement of products and services that support the Ministry, the Education Sector and Schools

About you

If you love the pursuit of excellence and are inspired by the challenges that come through driving solutions, then we invite you to learn more about the Commissioning and Communities team and the value we deliver to our customers and partners. We offer unique opportunities to work on interesting nationwide projects in an environment that appreciates diversity and focuses on talent development and recognition.

To be effective in the role, you are a keen learner, excited to avail of an opportunity to work in a team that is growing and evolving, a people person, customer focused, and comfortable dealing with multiple priorities.

You will have as follows:

  • Three to five years highly developed procurement experience in leading the delivery of procurement outcomes within a large government agency or similar complex organisation
  • A relevant tertiary qualification is essential and/or CIPS (Level 4)
  • Awareness or desire to develop Te Reo Māori and Māori tikanga is advantageous. The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga
  • Experience in using MS Office applications
  • Good oral and written communication skills, effective relationship building skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Accuracy and attention to detail working with data and reports
  • Good time management skills, with the ability to prioritize, work effectively as part of a team
  • Experience and knowledge of the Public Sector procurement environment, including the Government rules of sourcing

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi’s guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

You will have the opportunity to make your mark, working with a friendly, supportive knowledgeable team in an influential area where you can further develop and broaden your skills and experience.

There is more information in the position descriptions attached. If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online’ button. Please ensure you specify the role you will be applying for in your cover letter.

For further information, please contact Sylvia Thomson at: 


Applications close at 5pm on Sunday, 31 October 2021.

Please review the position description by copying and pasting this link into you browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/703147_JobDesc.pdf

How to Apply

Please apply via this link: https://jobs.education.govt.nz/jobs/EDU-1576136

Job Categories: Education / Training. Job Types: Full-Time.

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