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Procurement and supply assistant



K1: The role of Procurement within the organisation and the relevant organisational procurement regulations, policies and processes which must be followed,such as, procedures for obtaining quotes and tenders, purchase order processing and purchase to pay. Back to Duty

K2: Value for money concepts including the balancing of quality, price and sustainable considerations or most economically advantageous tender (meat), whole lifecycle costing, 5 rights of procurement and added value opportunities. Back to Duty

K3: Supplier approval process and the importance of due diligence checks including legal entity checks, financial appraisal, quality checks and relevant sector approvals, certification and policies. Back to Duty

K4: Demand and spend management, analysis and forecasting techniques including quantitative methods such as historical usage, spend and trend analysis, inventory records and re-order levels or qualitative techniques based on stakeholders estimates using internal databases and spreadsheets. Back to Duty

K5: The importance of developing and managing key stakeholder relationships such as the internal customer and supplier and the need for prompt and effective communication to support efficient and effective procurement. Back to Duty

K6: The need for accurate specifications of requirements which reflect the organisations needs and provides equality of opportunity for suppliers when providing quotes and tenders. Back to Duty

K7: Levels of authority and autonomy both for self and other internal stakeholders and how that relates to the relevant procurement procedure and when issues should be escalated to senior procurement colleagues. Back to Duty

K8: Development and evaluation of requests for quotes and tenders and use of appropriate terms, conditions and templates Back to Duty

K9: The importance of maintaining accurate records and files for procurement in line with organisational and regulatory requirements and for audit purposes. Back to Duty

K10: Effective and appropriate communication methods according to organisational requirements, service level agreements and the degree of risk involved and appropriate to the task required e.g. expediting supplies, resolving invoice queries and supplier review meetings. Back to Duty

K11: Responsible procurement practices, in making procurement decisions, consideration of the impact of those decisions during the full procurement process on the environment (the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which they operate in) and social (people or groups they work with) elements across the supply chain. Back to Duty

K12: Research methods for Procurement including market, supplier and sector research which may include subscription databases, market reports, internet research, trade bodies, press and events, use of market ‘experts’, supplier engagement events etc. Back to Duty

K13: The legal and regulatory environment effecting procurement, including the supply of goods and services act and/or public contract regulations. Back to Duty

K14: Awareness of the organisation’s contractual obligations towards suppliers e.g. payment terms Back to Duty

K15: Understand the 4 processes of negotiation (preparation, opening, bargaining and closure). Back to Duty


S1: Monitor and order products, stock, equipment and services at appropriate times using the appropriate procurement method. Back to Duty

S2: Communicate to procurement’s internal stakeholders, suppliers and other stakeholders in order to develop effective relationships and networks Back to Duty

S3: Create, maintain and amend purchase order and contract records. Back to Duty

S4: Interpret, evaluate and compare procurement information such as historical spend and usage using databases and spreadsheets. Back to Duty

S5: Present findings and data in all formats e.g. mathematically, written and oral. Back to Duty

S6: Determine value for money (VFM) and added value through the use of Total Cost of Ownership during the evaluation process, and apply the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) criteria to the evaluation of quotes and tenders to support the recommendation at award. Back to Duty

S7: Utilise relevant Procurement computer systems or internal databases. Back to Duty

S8: Select the supplier of the most appropriate products and services for purchases within their remit and place purchase order. Back to Duty

S9: Undertake appraisal of adhoc and low spend suppliers including setting them up on the purchasing system. Back to Duty

S10: Effectively research and analyse demand, spend, trends, potential suppliers and industries utilising qualitative and quantitative methods. Back to Duty

S11: Develop specifications of requirements and requests for quotes/tenders in line with organisational requirements. Back to Duty

S12: Apply considerations of responsible procurement in evaluating potential suppliers, quotes and tenders. Back to Duty

S13: Investigate and resolve purchase order, delivery and invoice queries. Back to Duty

S14: Own low risk value projects such as supply contracts for stationery, personal protective equipment (PPE) or other consumables, and contribute to higher risk activities such as contracts for building services or machinery, and track, log, expedite and review outstanding orders and stock availability where applicable. Back to Duty

S15: Maintain knowledge on all open orders and their status’ and provide assistance to all purchasing staff e.g. expediting and feeding information back to the relevant stakeholders. Back to Duty

S16: Able to consider the impact of the decision making process when interacting with the supply chain. Back to Duty

S17: Able to support the contract negotiations and mini competitions with suppliers. Back to Duty


B1: Be open to change, amend working practices in response to changes in process with a positive attitude. Back to Duty

B2: Establish strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders Back to Duty

B3: Be open, honest, respectful and reliable.. Back to Duty

B4: Be enthusiastic and passionate when adhering to company values and engaging in your personal development Back to Duty

B5: Be attentive to the detail in any procurement and negotiation activity. Back to Duty

B6: Be professional, impartial and unbiased in your communication, advice and recommendations to procurement stakeholders or colleagues. Back to Duty

B7: Be self-motivated to develop and learn. Back to Duty

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