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Procurement Specialist | C&K Association

Brisbane - Northern Suburbs

Procurement Specialist | C&K Association

  • 492746
  • Brisbane - Northern Suburbs
  • Finance
  • Permanent Full Time
  • Permanent, Full-time position commencing soon!
  • Join a highly renowned not-for-profit organisation!

About C&K: 

The Childcare and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is a not-for-profit early childhood provider with nearly 350 early childhood education and care services located across Queensland. C&K acknowledges that each child and family have unique early education and care requirements and so we provide a range of different programs including childcare, kindergarten, outside school hours' care and integrated services. 

About the role:

The Crèche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is currently looking to employ a Procurement Specialist for a full-time permanent position commencing soon. This position reports directly to the Business Analyst and will support the achievement of C&K’s corporate goals through the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialist procurement policies and processes.

The successful applicant will be required to:

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with C&K’s major suppliers to identify and implement improved procurement outcomes for C&K
  • Undertake periodic supplier performance reviews, and, in consultation with the Business Analyst, Legal Risk and Governance Team, and the relevant Department Manager, work with suppliers to address any performance shortfalls.
  • Undertake scoping and market research to identify potential supply opportunities for C&K.
  • Build and maintain relationships with procurement professionals from other early childhood education providers and investigate opportunities to create purchasing power via joint tenders.
  • For high priority supplier agreements:
    • manage the market engagement process for major supply arrangements including the development of relevant documentation, identification of potential suppliers, and establishment of an evaluation panel.
    • lead the evaluation panel in their assessment of proposals and the negotiation of supplier offers.
    • prepare and present the recommendation of the evaluation panel to the relevant delegate for approval.
    • coordinate contract finalisation and oversee implementation.
  • For lower priority supplier agreements:
    • Provide advice and assistance to the relevant Business Unit on an appropriate market testing, evaluation, and engagement process, including reviewing and providing feedback on tender documentation, supplier proposals, commercial terms, and evaluation models.
  • Build and promote a culture of accountability in the application of procurement policies and procedures, and prudent cost control principles.
  • Monitor and action the Tenders Inbox and maintain accurate procurement records/data, including ensuring that contracts are executed and stored in C&K’s contract management system.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Business Analyst on strategic procurement performance measures, projects, and issues.
  • Take primary responsibility for ensuring that procurement activities across the business are being undertaken in line with agreed business objectives and C&K procurement policies and procedures.
  • Be familiar with and competent in the delivery of the responsibilities of the Procurement Officer and perform these as required to ensure continuity of service to our internal customers and external suppliers. 

Ideal applicants will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, economics, business administration, or similar
  • Significant experience in a senior procurement or related position(s). Certification is preferred but not required.
  • A strong working knowledge of sourcing and procurement techniques as well as an aptitude for reading the market.
  • Experience in online vendor ordering and purchase order systems as well as Microsoft Dynamics AX or similar ERP package.
  • A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products with the ability to learn new software applications.
  • Strong written & oral communication skills together with a strong customer service focus.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, negotiation, and dispute resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in interpreting and applying purchasing policies, principles, processes, and procedures and a sound knowledge of contemporary supply issues.
  • Strong planning, organisational and administrative skills with demonstrated effectiveness in developing systems, processes, and procedures to ensure goals are achieved, deadlines met and service delivery improved where applicable.
  • Proven ability to work within a team including the ability to prioritise work to ensure deadlines and commitments are met.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing professional and personal development.

C&K is committed to an inclusive workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

All C&K employees are required to undergo background checks which includes police checks.

Please be aware that the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Workers in a high-risk setting Direction requires all workers who enter, work in, or provide services in an early childhood education and care setting to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  This Direction applies to C&K. 

Please note the advertising closing date is indicative only. C&K reserve the right to close the advertisement before this date is reached. Therefore, it is encouraged that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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