Senior Procurement Manager and Cluster Lead, West Africa Cluster

May 11, 2022

Job Description

the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Procurement Manager and Cluster Lead, West Africa Cluster
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Pay Band: 7
Contract Duration – Indefinite
Role Purpose

The post holder will lead on the development of strategic procurement for the British Council for West Africa cluster within SSA region to add value to business, maximise efficiency and ensure compliance with global procurement policies and processes as well as the consistent adaptation of good commercial and professional practice whilst ensuring probity at all time.
The successful candidate will lead and promote cross (country)-border procurement activities and ensure consideration of collaboration of opportunities is undertaken on cluster (or sometimes regional) large scale procurement work.

Role Specific Knowledge and Experience
The main essential knowledge and experience points that we are looking for you to evidence are:

Undergraduate Degree in Supply Chain Management or Economics or Business or Social Science related field or MCIPS or equivalent demonstrated experience in procurement with not-for profit organisations
Previous experience in cross border procuring, contracting and Supplier Relationship Management role.
Experience of relevant Category Management.
Building relationships with internal stakeholders and identifying innovative ways of working with suppliers.
Demonstrable experience and knowledge of working within main category areas (travel, facilities, consultancy, hotels, venues, marketing etc).
Demonstrable relevant work/industry experience in cross border Procurement, contract and Supplier management

Role Specific Skills:

Stakeholder engagement through collaborations, leading and influencing business decisions
Procurement in least developed economies with high supply chain risks

Desirable Requirements:

Professional qualification in procurement, CIPS, minimum diploma preferably or equivalent.

Application Closing Date
17th May, 2022. (23:59 South Africa Time).
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:


All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in country of application.
The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits.
Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement:

The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.
The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.
We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.
Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.
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