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.
We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from procurement candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances, including minorities and those with disabilities. We consider job applications from all those who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. Find out more about our equality, diversity and inclusion efforts and initiatives or read our Equality & Diversity Statement for further information.
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.
Sheffield, South Yorkshire | Contract/Interim
£150 - £250 per day
Sellick Partnership is currently working in association with a Public Sector organisation in South Yorkshire, and we're seeking an interim Contract and Bids Manager to join the team. This is an excellent opportunity for to add significant value to the existing function. Duties & Responsibilities of the Contracts and Bids Manager: Work closely with the Head of Contracts and Tender Management and CATM team to ensure that contracts are appropriately managed, with the right level of support given to each contract from a business perspective. Assist in the preparation, collation and issuing of contract documents and to ensure this is undertaken in accordance with agreed timescales and in meeting required deadlines. Maintain and update the Contracts and Finance Tracker and associated files/documents to ensure accurate and current records. Assist in horizon scanning for potentially suitable tenders for the Trust. Support Directorates, where appropriate in the collection of market research in relation to competitors within the tendering process. Support and where appropriate manage the preparation, collation and issuing of tender documents and to ensure this is undertaken in accordance with agreed timescales and in meeting required deadlines. The successful Contracts and Bids Manager will: Have Public Sector experience Have a degree or relevant experience Previous contracts experience If you feel your experience matches the above criteria and are interested in this role, please send your CV to Nicole Graley 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. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 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.
Sheffield, South Yorkshire | Contract/Interim
£250 - £375 per day
Sellick Partnership are recruiting for a Deputy Head of Procurement for a well-established organisation. Key responsibilities of the Deputy Head of Procurement: * Responsible for the Procurement function within the Trust in the absence of the Head of Procurement. * Contributes to the strategic planning and operational provision of the Trust's procurement function. * Supports the Head of Procurement in the delivery of cost and efficiency savings for the Trust by analysing current spend in specific categories to support the development of procurement strategies. * Meets customer requirements by demonstrating best value for money when procuring products and services whilst also ensuring compliance with contracts and Trust/EU standard procurement practice. * Responsible for the planning, organisation and management of procurement projects within the Trust. * Responsible for writing - or contributes to the drafting of - project reports (including business cases) for presentation to governance and stakeholder boards and groups. The successful Deputy Head of Procurement 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 * Have a knowledge of procurement contract laws/regulations 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 Nicole Graley 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.
Herefordshire, England | Contract/Interim
£90 - £150 per day
Role: Buyer Location: West Midlands - Fully Remote Rate: £80 to £150 per day Duration: 4 to 6 months Sellick Partnership are currently looking to appoint a Buyer for our Public Sector client in the West Midlands Key Duties for the Buyer Receive and process online purchase requisitions Check all incoming purchase requisitions for appropriate authorisation Identify and record all purchase requisitions Source products and services Check stock availability Identify "best buy" opportunities Invite competitive quotations Negotiate with suppliers Progress formal competitive quotations Person specification for the Buyer: Experience working in a Procurement environment Experience of purchasing products and services Excellent communication skillsPlease apply now for immediate consideration. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances, including minorities and those with disabilities. 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. 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.
Worcestershire, England | Contract/Interim
£200 - £350 per day
Role: Multiple Procurement Manager Roles Location: West Midlands - Both Fully remote and Hybrid working Daily rate: £200 to £350 per day via an umbrella company Sellick Partnership are currently recruiting a number of Procurement Manager Roles for our West Midlands clients. Job Purpose for the Procurement Manager: Be responsible for collaborative procurement and supply chain projects Lead on the delivery of effective working relationships with clinicians and stakeholders Effectively manage the internal operations and resources to enable the delivery of the saving targets and work-plans Enable Procurement to continuously improve the service delivered to stakeholders, enhance expertise and build capability and potential Key responsibilities for the Procurement Project Category Manager: Develop robust procurement processes and relationships Develop and manage procurement projects and work as a member of a project team on larger scale strategic initiatives Responsible for input into the procurement function, ensuring that a cost-effective procurement work plan is developed and maintained to help achieve the financial savings targets Responsible for planning and providing strategic direction to major procurement projects Build meaningful business relationships with colleagues at a senior level Organise and facilitate regular meetings with key stakeholders and suppliers Person specification for the Procurement Project Category Manager: Public Sector experience would be desirable but not essential Please apply now for immediate consideration. Do you know someone who is looking for a new job? Why not recommend them to Sellick Partnership and earn up to £1,000? For every friend or colleague you refer that is placed by us, we will give you £100 worth of vouchers. If you refer more than one candidate to us within a 12 month period we will increase your reward accordingly 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. 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.
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire | Contract/Interim
£200 - £250 per day
Sellick Partnership is currently recruiting on an exclusive basis for an interim buyer for an NHS client in the Midlands. This is a hybrid working role, however our client will consider fully remote or office based for the right candidate, paying between £200 - £300 per day, umbrella rate. The assignment is an initial 3-6 month contract, with the view to continue on a rolling basis. It is essential the interim buyer has public sector procurement experience, ideally with knowledge of using frameworks (direct award and mini-competitions). The role will be largely portioned to supporting with quotes, RFQs, ITTs both above and below OJEU threshold and supporting the processing of requisitions to purchase orders with the P2P system, ensuring a compliant process has been followed for the purchase of the requirement, in accordance with the organisations' SFIs and Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Our client is looking for motivated and passionate individual who will take a flexible approach to work and be able to prioritise their workload. This is a busy, interesting, and dynamic department to work in. You will meet a different challenge every day and the successful candidate will be an integral part of the team, providing a first-class procurement service. You will be part of a great team, within a friendly working environment. Full training on systems and procedures will be provided. We encourage interested applicants to apply immediately to be considered for short listing. Alternatively, should you require further information or wish to discuss your suitability before applying please contact Connor Bennett in our Derby office for a confidential discussion. Apply now if this role is right for you. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances, including minorities and those with disabilities. 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. 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.
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire | Permanent
£32000 - £36000 per annum
Category Manager - Are you looking for the next step in your career? Sellick Partnership are currently working with a large public sector organisation in the North East to recruit a Category Manager to support the business in the effective management of businesses contracts. This opportunity could be suitable for an ambitious Procurement Advisor / Procurement Officer looking to take the next step in their career. The team are officially classed as 'home workers' however travel to site in Middlesbrough may be required on occasion. The Category Manager will manage the whole life cycle of contracts from procurement to contract management and review ensuring that the organisation is obtaining value for money in all contracts in addition to compliance with relevant Public Contracts Regulations. Key responsibilities of the Category Manager: Liaise closely with relevant Service Leads within their specific category and will be responsible for ensuring that advice and guidance is provided Provide support to the Senior Category Manager, Procurement Manager, Senior and Executive Managers across the organization to ensure smooth operation of the procurement and contract management function Analyse current contractual provisions of goods and services and make recommendations to consolidate and/or complete procurements of non-compliant contracts Be open to and advise of new ideas and processes which may not have previously been used and have a positive role in developing relationships between procurement and other areas of the business Need to develop and complete full business case for completing procurement exercises, including risk assessment, stakeholder mapping and establishing business requirements at the initiation stage Be aware of procurement processes and procedures to ensure that relevant regulations and legislation is adhered to Work with relevant service leads and stakeholders to provide support in specification development, contract management processes including annual performance reviews and contract variations Managed the whole contract lifecycle through the in-tend e-tendering portal Actively monitor supplier spend throughout the life of the contract to highlight any issues with contract values and liaise with the financial management team to ensure that any issues are discussed accordingly relating to budget provisions with the relevant stakeholders Provided general advice and guidance to the stakeholders within the category area relating to procurement and contract management processes and procedures Essential Experience: Qualified to or willing to work towards Level 5 or above in a procurement or business related qualification Experience of administering contracts Demonstrate a working knowledge of the law relating to contracting Able to demonstrate an understanding of relevant laws and regulations, including EU procurement regulations, the Social Value Act and Data transparency Experience of category management, dealing with contracts and contractors and working with internal and external audit Experience of preparing formal reports and business cases We encourage interested applicants to apply immediately to be considered for short listing. Alternatively should you require further information or wish to discuss your suitability before applying please contact Helen Dodds in our Newcastle office for a confidential discussion. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances, including minorities and those with disabilities. 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. 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.
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In England, a record 27.9 percent of the 18 year old population were 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!
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.
The 2018 Golden Globes saw the nominees and attendees wearing all-black at the awards ceremony to protest against sexual harassment. The next day, the demonstration swept the headlines, highlighting how what you wear can make an impact beyond you looking great. Oprah Winfrey commented that the all black protest was a “powerful symbol of solidarity”. I found this event extremely interesting and made me examine the power clothes can have in business, and why dressing in business-wear for work can enhance your career. Last summer for the entire month of August, Sellick Partnership employees were permitted to attend work every day in ‘dress down’. It was as though we were on school holidays and could enjoy the novelty of not wearing our ‘uniforms’ every day. It was fascinating to hear different colleagues’ opinions on the dress down experiment. Whilst some commented that it was great for boosting morale, claiming it created a sense of relationship building amongst peers – some employees used it as an excuse to strike up conversation using what their colleague was wearing as a talking point. Others found it affected their mind set and attitude towards work. It is this psychological element of dressing in ‘business attire’ that has provoked me to explore the positive and negative impacts dressing down can have within the professional services workplace: It is one less decision to make in a morning We are already faced with hundreds of choices each day: from what to have for breakfast to which task on my to-do list should I do first. Every day – consciously or unconsciously – we have to make decisions. By eliminating the option to dress in “whatever you want” for work, we are effectively streamlining our day from the offset. Mind set and attitude It can be argued that dressing in business-wear increases productivity at work. Let’s say two employees turn up to work; one dresses in a tracksuit, the other in a suit. Whether or not we like to think of ourselves, studies show that around 80 percent of people evaluate other people’s appearance (survey by Allure.com). How you are dressed determines how you are addressed. The employee who dressed in the tracksuit on first glance can appear slack, whereas the employee who opted for the suit is likely to be perceived as having made an effort. From a mind-set perspective, studies show that the way we dress alters how we feel internally. In 2015, a study by Social Psychological and Personality Science asked participants to change into formal or casual clothing before taking cognitive tests. The results showed that those wearing the formal business attire increased abstract thinking (a crucial credential for creativity and decision-making). Making a statement The Golden Globes demonstration took the world by storm and so can you! The way you dress can increase feelings of power and authority, as demonstrated in the example above of the experience carried out by Social Psychological and Personality Science The “just in case…” scenario You never know when you will have to attend a spontaneous, unexpected meeting. Dressing smartly allows you to be prepared for anything the day throws at you. You are also more likely to feel confident in an important meeting with contacts you have not previously met if you are smartly presented in front of your clientele. The novelty of “dress down” Fridays The excitement of having a dress down day is removed when every day is dress down. Dress down days are a great way to boost morale. According to Love to Know, when people are dressed more casually – when workers across the entire workplace at all levels are wearing similar attire – they may be more likely to interact with people they wouldn't ordinarily feel comfortable approaching. It is easier to chat and share ideas with someone who is dressed similarly to you than with someone in more formal attire than you are wearing. This can lead to cultivating positive working relationships that will strengthen the overall team, and that's always a good thing for any business. You wouldn’t be in the best frame of mind to do a fitness class if you were wearing a tailored jacket. Likewise, many of my colleagues found that during last summer’s experiment, they felt psychologically more productive when wearing “traditional” business attire. In the words of Rachel Zoe, “style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak”. Dressing in business attire for work in a Professional Services office shows, in my opinion, a desire to be at work, and increases productivity and motivation amongst employees. To read more blogs from the team at Sellick Partnership check out the insights section of our website.