Sellick Partnership is a specialist procurement recruiter with an expert team of Consultants who offer a complete recruitment service on a permanent, contract and interim basis. Our Procurement recruitment team have a proven track record of developing long-standing relationships with our clients and candidates, offering trusted insights and solutions, bringing to market the very best procurement talent.
From entry level positions, to senior and board level appointments, we are happy to assist you with all of your recruitment needs on a permanent, contract and interim basis. Roles that we regularly recruit for include:
With a particular focus on the public & not-for-profit sectors, we work in partnership with our clients and candidates to ensure everyone we work with receives the best level of service. To ensure this we have tailored our recruitment processes over the years to better suit the needs of the public & not-for-profit organisations we work with, ensuring that we provide our expert recruitment services at a transparent and compliant rate through approved supply chains. We supply to the public & not-for-profit sectors through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Non-Medical, Non-Clinical Framework RM971 and the ESPO Strategic HR Services Framework 3S_18.
We listen to the needs of our clients and candidates and ensure we represent everyone we work with to the best of our abilities. We are always on hand to offer advice to organisations on how to handle their onboarding process and can provide invaluable resources on everything from the interview process to hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce. We also work closely with all of our candidates to ensure we find them a role suited to their expertise and requirements. We regularly assist candidates with CV writing and interview skills and are always happy to answer any questions they have and give feedback throughout the interview process.
Because of this approach and our expert knowledge of the sector, our expert procurement recruitment specialists are perfectly placed to attract both passive and active candidates, ensuring we represent the best procurement talent across the UK. We listen to the needs of both our clients and candidates to ensure we always place candidates that are the right fit culturally and professionally.
Whether you are a client looking to fill a vacancy in procurement or a candidate looking for a new challenge in this sector get in touch today to find out how we can help you.
West London, London | Permanent
£50000 - £65000 per annum + up to 10% Bonus
Sellick Partnership are exclusively recruiting for a Client Services Manager to join a well-established organisation based in the West London area. The purpose of the Client Services Manager is to be the primary point of contact for all service related matters for assigned clients, managing the interface between suppliers and clients effectively. You will offer expert advice and unique solutions to achieve the best outcomes, working closely with the Procurement Operations team to deliver client satisfaction. Duties of the Client Services Manager include: Accountability for the end to end service and meeting the strategic needs of assigned clients in line with contractual arrangements Working with assigned clients to: develop better relationships achieve organisational objectives and value develop effective sourcing events identify capable suppliers and supplier development to meet client needs support through the sourcing / competition process post tender contract management and delivery assurance Ensuring regular client communication and reporting Ensure an in-depth understanding of assigned strategic clients current and future needs Providing category and procurement expertise The suitable candidate will have the following: A sound understanding of modern procurement practices, primarily within the Public Sector, and an ability to use this experience and knowledge Knowledge of eSourcing and tendering solutions Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders across all levels of seniority Commercially aware and a competent negotiator An expert in their category Excellent commercial awareness and business acumen; analytical and numerate Ability to prioritise multiple projects whilst maintaining client commitments in a fast-paced environment Ability to make decisions, problem-solve and take a pro-active approach Drive and self-motivation with a focused, engaging and positive attitude If you are interested in the above position and feel your experience matches the criteria please apply now for immediate consideration or for more information please contact Alex Rowland. *Initial telephone Interviews will be taking place end of June* Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice https://www.sellickpartnership.co.uk/data-processing-notice
Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire | Permanent
£37000 - £44000 per annum + Public Sector Pension
Sellick Partnership are currently recruiting for a permanent Senior Category Manager for an NHS organisation in the West Midlands. On the 1st July 2019 University Hospital of North Midlands and the Royal Wolverhampton Trust Procurement teams are integrating to deliver Procurement Services and are looking for some additional support. This is an exciting opportunity to join the UHNM Supplies and Procurement Department which is recognised as one of the leading Procurement organisations in the NHS and wider Public Sector which is demonstrated by the receipt of 27 local and National awards in the last seven years. The Department also leads on and supports a number of National initiatives on behalf of the Department of Health. Examples of this include the Trusts own Supplier re-engagement, Zero inflation policy programmes and the Department of Health Peer Review. Specific areas of responsibility for the Senior Category Manager include, but are not limited to: Managing a team portfolio and team within Strategic Procurement across 3 NHS Trusts Supporting the Senior Strategic Procurement Manager in delivery of the Procurement strategy Supporting on specific commercial projects Management of Staff Supporting the department on satisfying the national Model Hospital, Lord Carter and PPIB performance requirements and data returns Ensuring compliance with the Trust Standing Financial Instructions and Official Journal of the European Union regulations Essential knowledge, skills and experience required for the Senior Category Manager Strong stakeholder engagement and management skills Having a "can do attitude" Excellent interpersonal skills Team player Ideally CIPS qualified or working towards level 6 Public sector experience is desirable but not essential. If you feel your experience matches the above criteria and are interested in this role, please send your CV to Adam Rouse at Sellick Partnership or give me a call for a confidential chat. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultant boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you.
London, England | Permanent
£70000 - £80000 per annum
Sellick Partnership have been tasked to recruiting a Head of Category Management for a successful and growing Public Sector organisation based in London and the East Midlands. Following on from a recent merger, the current workload has further developed and this is a new & crucial role in the organisation. This role gives the successful applicant the chance to add real value to the existing team at a crucial time in their immediate future. Key responsibilities of the Head of Category Management: Develop, motivate and manage the Category Managers and Specialists across a diverse spend portfolio Develop and lead a strategic sourcing programme for all categories Taking lead on specific/allocated portfolio of sourcing categories, and contributing significantly to the delivery of allocated procurement projects within key markets Manage expenditure & identify and deliver significant improvement in value for money and customer satisfaction Ensure a detailed understanding of the expenditure within each category (specifically in regards to the suppliers, the products and services) Overall monitoring of supplier and company performance, and consistently seeking ways to optimise new & existing contracts Support and drive the strategic direction of the organisation via communication with Senior Staff Support the Director of Procurement to create organisational excellence in procurement and purchasing The successful Head of Category Management will: Be MCIPS qualified Have significant senior, commercial procurement experience (construction/property advantageous) Have significant experience in liaising with senior and difficult stakeholders Have substantial knowledge and experience of procurement policy and practice, including relevant legislations (OJEU, etc) Be an outstanding leader with the ability to motivate and drive success throughout an organisation Be willing and able to travel in between separate sites on a weekly basis This is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to make a huge impact on an already successful team, and really lay down a marker within this new role. You will be joining the organisation at a crucial and exciting time, with further growth and development on the horizon. If you feel your experience matches the above criteria and are interested in this role, please send your CV to Liam Cox at Sellick Partnership or give me a call for a confidential chat. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
South East England, England | Permanent
£80000 - £90000 per annum + pension, bonus scheme, mileage
Sellick Partnership are recruiting for a Procurement Client Services Director for a well-established and growing organisation in the South East. This company are supply chain specialists, and they provide a single supplier solution for consultancy and specialist professional service suppliers to procurement in the Public Sector. Alongside this, they are also the delivery partner of the neutral vendor framework You will be leading a team of regional Client Service Managers in the South East, who are accountable for the successful engagement and delivery of procurement services activity for all Clients and playing a crucial part in both immediate and future success. Key responsibilities of the Client Services Director: Strategic account management of key customers and contracts Identification and development of strategic client and supplier relationships and opportunities to support business growth Provision of regional operational and service delivery oversight and quality assurance for major projects Implementing and managing procurement category strategies Implementing and managing commercial solutions aligned to organisational strategies Senior stakeholder management and engagement Identifying new opportunities for the organisation within the South East and further developing the brand The successful Client Services Director will: Have proven senior Public Sector procurement experience Be able to prepare, implement and deliver procurement/category strategies Have an awareness and understanding of the whole life cycle of procurement, contract and relationship management Have excellent negotiation skills On offer: Highly competitive salary Generous annual leave + statutory holidays (rising with length of service) Excellent bonus scheme Mileage for travel Continued progression and outstanding development opportunities This truly is an excellent opportunity to join an organisation that are on the rise. There are very exciting times ahead, and gives the successful applicant the chance to play a crucial part in immediate and continued success. This particular role would suit a Head/Director of Procurement looking for a new challenge within the Public Sector, or an ambitious senior Procurement professional keen to make their mark in a new organisation. If you feel your experience matches the above or are keen to find out more, please get in touch with Liam Cox at Sellick Partnership for a confidential discussion. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear | Permanent
£30000 - £35000 per annum
Sellick Partnership are recruiting for a Senior Procurement Specialist on a permanant basis for an organisation based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is an exiting time to join this award winning organisation as they are going through a period of rapid expansion. The Senior Procurement Specialist is responsible for the complete sourcing event. This includes the tendering process, project management and tracking of supplier delivery, maintenance of accurate project documentation, through to completion. The role holder will have allocated projects within a sector or category and will building trusting relationships within these groups. Data quality and project discipline are critical to the delivery of a successful project. The Senior Procurement Specialist would lead on higher value projects or those from high profile clients, including complex mini-competitions. Responsibilities: Responsible for the end the end tendering process, including: reviewing and developing client specifications, identifying suitable suppliers, driving mini competitions, and running sourcing events against specific client requirements and measures. Specifically, the Senior Procurement Specialist would lead higher value projects or those for high profile clients. Supplier and client negotiation, including of contracts, and improving prices and terms of business with suppliers Production of work orders against sourcing events, ensuring high quality and accurate documentation is in place and is completed in line with supplier proposal. Sign off on work orders up to the value of £25,000 Tracking delivery of projects through milestones, approval of highlight reports within KPI, to completion against KPI's and project performance measures Manage the Change Control process within a project to ensure it is still meeting client requirements and spend is governed Good discipline with project management: Ensure all project documentation is up to date and held in SharePoint, including proposals, CCN's, work orders, and important e-mails. Ensure offline trackers are maintained. Reviewing expired projects and ensure the status is up to date Offer guidance and coaching to team members Act up in the absence of Procurement Operations Team Leader Responsible (as allocated) supplier management process, including inbox management, supplier registration within agreed KPI's. Assess and evaluate suppliers and contribute to performance reviews to ensure contract compliance Ensures all inboxes (both personal and shared) are maintained and cleared in-line with timescales Delivery of all data management tasks within agreed KPI's Delivery of specific projects as allocated Conduct research across professional services categories and markets; evaluate, recruit and accredit new suppliers to increase the capacity and capability of our supply chain Collaborate with other departments (e.g. Client Services and Finance Operations) to ensure any concerns are highlighted that may impact the client or supplier experience Skills/ Experinece: Knowledge of eSourcing and tendering solutions Good knowledge of modern procurement practices; strong analytical and communication skills and works well within a team Demonstrable category and sourcing experience within a private or public sector organisation Commercially aware and a competent negotiator Professional approach; natural relationship builder Ability to prioritise multiple projects whilst maintaining client commitments in a fast-paced environment A self-starter; highly motivated, results driven and with excellent attention to detail Methodical approach to project management with attention to detail Desirable: Broad understanding of local or central government department, health authority, or education establishments If you are interested in this Senior Procurement Specialist opportunity then please submit your CV below. If you would like more information, please contact Adam Burgess at Sellick Partnership's Newcastle office. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Sellick Partnership is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
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In England, a record 27.9 percent of the 18 year old population have been accepted to university through UCAS in 2018, making our graduate talent pool bigger than any. But why is Procurement still struggling to attract graduates into the sector? In this blog, Principal Consultant Adam Burgess looks at the benefits of choosing a career in procurement and why more young people should consider it as a viable career option. Procurement as a profession is often overlooked by graduates due to a lack of knowledge about the sector which is causing a talent shortage, especially at the junior end of the market. Graduates tend to overlook procurement jobs in favour of sectors they have more knowledge about or they deem to be more exciting. Our clients often tell us that they struggle to attract keen graduates to the procurement sector which is causing a talent shortage, especially at entry level. We spoke to a number of our clients and candidates to get their thoughts on why more young people should consider procurement as a career. What is procurement and why is it so important? In simple terms procurement is the act of acquiring something for business purposes. This can cover a range of requirements including services, skills, supplies and assets for the business that enables it to operate in an ethical and profitable manner as well as the management of contracts and supplier relationships. Procurement is a vital part of any business and is responsible for up to 70 percent of a company’s revenue as small reductions in costs can have a large impact on profits. Why should graduates choose a job in procurement? Graduates who are looking for a role that can offer quick progression in a sector that has numerous opportunities should consider procurement. With the current state of the market and the lack of talent to fill procurement jobs across the UK, the opportunities are very positive and very exciting. If you decide to enter this sector you could progress quickly! The procurement sector has also advanced in recent years. Procurement leaders are now at the forefront of transformational change. Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and their teams are now an integral part of many businesses and are commonly seen in boardrooms helping with the strategic direction of a company, making the role incredibly varied, fast paced and exciting. So, if you are an ambitious graduate looking for a challenge, this is a great career option for you. Are you a graduate looking for variety in your career? The sheer variety of sectors that procurement interacts with makes it appealing for anyone looking for new challenges. Procurement gives you the opportunity to collaborate with individuals from various sectors, gaining a wealth of cross-industry experience, making the job incredibly varied. What career opportunities do procurement leaders have? Graduates looking for stability and security will see the career opportunities are endless within procurement. A fully qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) with the right amount of experience and achievements will be in high demand and rarely be out of work. A career in purchasing and supply management can offer you a variety of jobs in a number of different industries. There are also numerous areas of specialisation or category such as fleet, facilities, IT, Social Care as well as more generalist roles. Procurement job titles can range from Procurement Officer and Procurement Advisor to Strategic Category Manager and Procurement Specialist. As a Consultant who specialises in public and not-for-profit sectors, I know first-hand that the market, especially the North East, is very candidate led and a good quality candidate will not be on the market for long. There seems to be far more opportunities in the market than there are candidates. How can graduates become procurement specialists? Although there are a variety of routes into procurement, these days the majority of people that are entering the profession have been to university beforehand. As a result, procurement employers are looking for high-calibre graduates, often with either a specialist purchasing and supply degree or a more general business degree. Once in a role, many procurement professionals will find that their employer will encourage to them to sit the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) graduate diploma: a degree-level professional qualification. For those who have studied business-related degrees, there may be some exemptions from the CIPS qualification, but this will be assessed on application. More and more businesses are also introducing graduate training schemes so it is worth speaking with firms and finding out if this is something they offer and when the next intake of applicants might be. What additional qualifications do graduates need to work in procurement? Although not essential, our clients have told us that procurement industry qualifications are important and ensure that candidates are up-to-date with best practice and the latest professional standards. Procurement qualifications will set candidates apart and often help make career progression faster. In the UK, the CIPS qualification is the industry standard and is usually required for most procurement jobs. Candidates can work towards a CIPS qualification via online learning providers, making it fairly easy to get qualified at a pace that works for each individual candidate. It is also possible to complete this whilst working, so on the job training can also be an option within this sector. Typically candidates are required to complete their CIPS qualification then gain three years’ worth of experience in the field in order to gain full membership, allowing use of the title MCIPS. What salary and rewards should procurement leaders expect? It is very difficult to generalise on the subject of starting salaries, given that packages will differ greatly between one sector and another, and even between organisations within the same sector. However, at the lower end for a graduate we would estimate about £18,000, rising to £25,000 at the upper end. Generally this figure should progress to around £32,500 for middle management, jumping to £56,000 for senior management and £75,000 plus for director level No single role in procurement will ever be the same. The organisation you choose to work for will determine what goods and services will need to be bought, and will determine the types of candidate they require. In the early stages, the secret is to gain as much experience as possible in as many areas as possible in order to decide which area of procurement is most suitable. The most important point to remember is that in the purchasing field the potential for career progression is excellent, and the opportunities to carve out a successful and rewarding career are there for the taking for the right candidates. The candidates we speak to about our procurement jobs are always excited by the career opportunities in the sector. Get in touch with me today to find out if procurement is for you and start your journey to being a procurement specialist today!
In the modern workplace, digital skills are highly valued and in the future they will be absolutely vital. The digital age is expanding into all areas of our lives, and it is not just those who work in IT that will need to be aware of digital and technological advancements. Here we detail what we think are the top digital skills that will help you secure a role and progress within professional services. Social media: social media is one of the fastest growing digital tools available. From networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to platforms like Instagram and Snapchat there is an abundance of choice. For example, most business professionals should ensure they have a fully optimised LinkedIn profile as a minimum, but the likes of Facebook and Twitter are also great ways to improve your online personal brand. You can do this by regularly sharing and writing thought leadership articles and posts to showcase your knowledge of the sectors you work in and interact with your connections and followers. Sector specific technology: every sector within professional services will have technological and digital advancements that are specific to them. It would be beneficial therefore to research into your sector and find out what skills may be relevant to you. By having an understanding of these and an ability to showcase relevant skills you will make yourself a more employable candidate long-term. The Cloud: knowing how to choose, use and benefit from a Cloud service can save you from many future problems. Cloud software allows you to access information that is saved from anywhere, opening up the option to work from home and being a great way of promoting home working and creating a healthy work/life balance. Given that we create and use online content on a daily basis, from images and audio files to apps and personal details, backing it up in The Cloud is a skill you should (already) have. Microsoft Office: Microsoft’s Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint software programmes are essential processing tools for virtually any profession. Creating presentations and spreadsheets are skills that many employees will assume you already have, so knowing your way around these applications will save you time and effort and allow you to come across as a competent professional, no matter the field. Analytics: Analysing and reporting data will continue to be a skill that is sought after. Reporting on return on investment (ROI) and performance is a must in today’s digital world. If you are not already using analytics to measure your PR coverage, website performance and social media must be top of your list for 2018, and having an understanding of this will greatly benefit your job search. Creating and curating content: from creating infographics or spreadsheets to editing or cutting videos, online content creation covers a wide range of applications, and its benefits are huge. The ability to collect, assess and create meaningful and worthwhile content is expected to become even more important in the years to come. You should therefore be looking at ways you can harness this skill. Write blogs on topical events, share your work experiences and write about topics your networks will be interested in. By doing this you will greatly enhance your online brand and will promote yourself as a thought leader in your specialist area. Network and information security: with digital threats, viruses, spam and the new GDPR legislation this is more important than ever before. Network and information security skills are crucial for any business, and candidates with experience in this area may stand a better chance of being employed, especially for technical roles. A business may have its own network or outsource this to an external supplier. In either case, the need for those skills remain critical and intricate to the good functioning of all digital operations. Also, if you are dealing with personal data in your organisation you will need to know about and have some experience with The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that came into force in May this year. For more tips on how you can ensure you are ready for the digital world check out our handy candidate resources section using the link below. Alternatively you can get in touch with one of our expert consultants today to discuss your options by calling 0161 834 1642. Candidate resources
Professional services is a particularly demanding sector, and it is great to see that there is a wealth of senior females coming through the ranks. JMW, Hill Dickinson and Slater & Gordon (formerly Pannone) are just some examples of companies that have high percentages of women at the upper echelons of their sector. However, with equal numbers of men and women now entering professional services I do wonder why this number still remains in the low 20s. Research states that women now occupy just 26 percent of all FTSE100 boardroom positions, making little progress from 23.5 percent in March 2015. I believe this small increase has been steered by a rise in well-qualified female talent graduating from universities and the advancement of effective diversity programmes making roles more attractive to females in professional services. However, more needs to be done to ensure women have the same opportunities as their ale counterparts to progress as their male counterparts. I believe the problem lies in the retention and promotion of women, or lack of in many cases, and as a result organisations are losing some of their best talent. This in turn means that the majority of Boards, Partners and senior leaders in professional services companies remain overwhelmingly male, particularly in larger firms. This could be down to women not being as motivated to stay at an organisation or progress to senior positions in favour of a better work/life balance. One of the main reasons for this is that women are still generally perceived as the primary carer for children and new born babies despite the introduction of shared parental leave in 2014. It was recently reported by the BBC that as little as two percent of all men have taken advantage of the policy citing an understanding of what is on offer, cultural barriers and financial penalties as barriers and often deterring parents from sharing parental leave. Whatever the reason, it worries me that this is still the case as the promotion and retention of women should no longer be perceived as simply a social issue. Business leaders recognise there is a clear business case for tackling barriers to equality, with research estimating that better engagement of women greatly benefits the UK economy. It is therefore surprising that more women are not achieving their full potential. Recent studies have suggested that this may be down to a lack of confidence with many women questioning their own ability to reach senior management positions. This could be the reason why large numbers of talented female professionals are continuing to settle for non-executive positions, and we must work harder to ensure all female professionals have the confidence and support to achieve their full potential. In my opinion this has to be done as early as possible, and I would advise the government to look at universities to help promote female role models and increase confidence prior to starting their career. Last year UCAS reported that young women are a third more likely to go to university than men and this could be the perfect platform for encouraging and promoting women in business. If businesses and lecturers worked closely together to promote strong female role models and give students access to inspirational stories I believe we could instil more women with the confidence to achieve their full potential and help reduce the gender gap once and for all across all industries and sectors. Are you interested in finding out more about the role of women in business? Check out our insights section for blogs from Sellick Partnership staff including Managing Director Jo Sellick.