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Head of Procurement

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Job Introduction

Founded in 1968 Griffiths are one of the leading civil engineering and construction organisations working in Wales, the English border counties, and the West of England.

We pride ourselves in providing the “personal touch” establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships at all levels within client organisations, throughout the supply chain and with stakeholders.

We are very proud of our history and what makes us the company we are today. We also have huge ambitions for the future and want to continue our growth and innovation to remain at the leading edge of our industry we offer a range of career development opportunities as a business unit of Tarmac PLC. We are looking for people who share this passion, enthusiasm, and collaborative approach to join our team. As part of a global business in CRH, the career opportunities are limitless.

We’re working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds. We offer a flexible approach and are open to flexible working options.

We are currently looking for a Head of Procurement to join our team at our Head Offices in Abergavenny.

Role Responsibility

As the Head of Procurement, you will lead procurement for all sectors of the Griffiths business in order to deliver best value, high quality, innovation, collaboration, risk reduction and opportunity optimisation in the required timescales for projects. The Procurement Team under the leadership of the Head of Procurement are responsible for supporting multiple sites in all procurement in relation sub-contract packages and material sourcing within a civil engineering working environment. Sourcing both nationally and internationally, negotiating with existing and new suppliers.   

The Head of Procurement is accountable for (but not limited to) the implementation and continuous improvement of the company’s procurement processes and procedures.  The role holder will be expected to demonstrate leadership and people management skills, to deliver efficient procurement to tenders and to all projects across the Griffiths sectors. 

On a day to day basis, the successful Head of Procurement's duties and responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Support Griffiths’ business strategy and business plans, working closely with the team to roll-out key initiatives and achieve the organisation’s strategic goals. 

  • Manage and support a team of Buyers. This will include people management interventions such as performance management, individual focus reviews, manpower planning and the continuous professional development of the team. 

  • Mentor and coach the procurement team members in line with company values and behavioural competencies, to maximise the potential of both the team and the individuals. 

  • Manage and control implementation and operation of Griffiths’ Procurement Policy and Protocol. 

  • Develop, implement, maintain and improve supply chain engagement that are congruent with various construction contracts. 

  • Liaise with the Head of Pre-Construction and Head of Estimating to agree Procurement Team involvement in design meetings, product selection, obtaining quotations for cost certainty and supply chain development at Tender stage. 

  • Liaise with Operations Directors, Contract Managers and delivery teams to identify and agree project specific procurement requirements.  Allocate and manage procurement resource to meet these needs to ensure post contract duties are fulfilled including setting up supply chains for subcontract packages, timely and effective processing of requisitions.  

  • Support the procurement team and delivery teams, to provide comprehensive procurement advice, guidance and the necessary information to delivery teams, to support the successful commercial approach to sub-contracts and material procurement.  

  • Work closely with the Commercial Directors and members of the Commercial team, monitoring all aspects of procurement to ensure best value is achieved on projects and commercial reporting requirements are met. Ensuring  risks are minimized through the procurement process and that contract preparation and execution by sub-contractors is undertaken in line with Company requirements. 

  • Establish procurement monitoring and reporting procedures consistent across all projects including reporting for monthly supply chain approval compliance. 

  • Strive for continuous improvement and efficiencies within the procurement team and leading the implementation of value engineering to meet budgets  and suggest cost saving initiatives. 

  • Be familiar with the use of Construction Line and liaison with SHEQ Team in the assessment of supply chain  

  • Be familiar with estimating software (Causeway) and ERP System (COINS), managing the use of these within the Procurement Team. 

  • Keep up to date with changes in the market and product innovation. Take the lead in sharing this information across the team. 

The Ideal Candidate

The post holder must exhibit excellent interpersonal skills to engage, inspire and motivate people to drive the business forward and achieve our goals.  They will demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with customers, supply chain, staff and other stakeholders.

It is essential that any prospective applicants are degree qualified or alternatively have suitable and relevant experience in procurement.

You should also be able to demonstrate proven experience of relationship building with supply chain and customers and be able to demonstrate a strong background in buying within the construction industry and understand the functions of specialist suppliers.

Why Tarmac

We offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives and benefits: 

  • Contributory pension scheme 
  • Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc. 
  • Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice 
  • Access to join our Employee Communities inc. BAME; LGBTQ+; Working Parents 
  • Training and development opportunities 

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