Purchasing Officer

Reference: 589655

Salary Range: £25,626 to £31,770

Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh

Working Pattern: This is a permanent full time post (applications on a job share basis welcome)

Closing Date: 4pm Wednesday 17 January 2018

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) is offering an incredible opportunity for an individual who is passionate about developing a career in procurement and who is willing to commit to their own development. You will be fully supported in your development to accomplish the range of skills required to progress in a procurement environment. You will gain valuable first-hand experience of purchasing a wide range of goods and services while being coached and supported through a variety of projects. You will be given the time and support to study but you will also be expected to give some of your time to study and revise to attain a recognised professional qualification in procurement. .

The SPCB provides the staff, accommodation and services needed by the Parliament to carry out its work. You will be part of Procurement Services, the office that has responsibility for the development and implementation of the SPCB procurement policies and manages the procurement of all goods, services and minor works on behalf of the SPCB.

You will have experience in a similar role, or will have experience of working in a customer facing or administration role, or have procurement placement experience through academic studies. You should be able to use different forms of communication and be able to contribute in team situations, be able to prioritise your workload and problem-solve.

How to Apply

If you are looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to join Scotland’s Parliament, we’d love to hear from you. To apply, send your CV along with a statement demonstrating your Skills, Knowledge & Experience to jobs@parliament.scot by 4pm on Wednesday 17 January 2018. Applications from Gaelic speakers are welcome. Cuirear fàilte air tagraidhean bho luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig.

The Scottish Parliament is committed to achieving a diverse workforce which reflects our diverse communities and we welcome applications from all. We are an autism friendly building, have supportive family friendly policies, a room for prayer or reflection, and staff groups which support diversity in the workforce.


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Euan Muirhead – Purchasing Officer, Procurement Services

Working as a Purchasing Officer at the Scottish Parliament has been a fantastic development opportunity that provided the coaching and support to help develop the skills I need to forge a career in procurement. The support and funding provided to work towards achieving a CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) qualification, which is recognised worldwide as the standard for procurement professionals, is a tremendous opportunity and has motivated me to put time into studying to make the most of it.

The job itself is a very wide-ranging and interesting role. I am responsible for carrying out low-value procurement projects on behalf of all the business areas across the Scottish Parliament, which gives a real insight into how each business area works and allows me to build up knowledge on the specific subject area of each project. Projects I led on over the past 2½ years have ranged widely from such things as Beehives & Beekeeping to Media Planning & Buying. The breadth of challenges has allowed me to develop my knowledge of the fundamentals of Public Sector procurement. The role also brings a sense of achievement knowing that I am making a difference to how the Parliament works while at the same time obtaining value for money savings for the public purse and building sustainability measures into Parliament contracts in order to benefit the environment and wider community.

I am currently continuing my CIPS studies to obtain MCIPS as I have been successful in attaining a Purchasing Manager post here at the Scottish Parliament.