Procurement

Managing procurement risk

The Procurement Role at GCHQ

Our Procurement team provides expert services that impact directly on operational activity - equipping GCHQ to perform its critical mission. We let and manage hundreds of contracts and work closely with industry to purchase goods and services from the everyday to the never seen before. No two days are the same for our Procurement team. One day you might be building supplier relationships, the next negotiating the best deal for cutting edge technology. We are highly valued for our procurement expertise, so the culture is one of continuous professional development. All of our staff are supported to gain CIPS qualifications and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

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What our people say

What do you most enjoy about working at GCHQ?

I am interested in my work

My manager is considerate of my life outside work

I am treated with respect by the people I work with

I am proud when I tell others I am part of GCHQ

I understand how the work of GCHQ makes a difference to the UK

EXPLORE PROCUREMENT ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategic Procurement Specialist

As a Strategic Procurement Specialist, you will be influential in taking our commercial function to its next level. In delivering an agency-wide commercial strategy, you will contribute to the development of an effective approach to procurement, which is financially viable and maintains the reputation of the procurement service as a highly professional and enabling support service.

Within this leadership role, you will have ownership for a diverse and challenging portfolio of major procurement projects across a range of services to areas such as frontline operations, IT, HR and Estates.

Senior Procurement Lead

As a Senior Procurement Lead, you will spearhead a procurement and contracting team at a time of rapid development and organisational change. You will lead and shape key projects and business change initiatives across the commercial function, translating business goals into prioritised and focused requirements for your team to deliver.

This is a unique opportunity to lead team delivery, in a challenging environment, of a diverse and challenging portfolio of major procurement projects across a range of services to areas such as frontline operations, IT, HR and Estates.

Procurement Lead

As a Procurement Lead, you will work closely with and support the Senior Procurement Lead and have responsibility for managing an existing portfolio of contract and framework agreements, ensuring the timely delivery of procurement projects in line with customer requirements.

You will ensure to apply best practice procurement principles when working closely with our customers in highly sensitive operational areas and support them through the delivery of goods and services. There is also a requirement for the Procurement Lead to resolve contractual issues in collaboration with experts where required.

Procurement Manager

As a Procurement Manager, you will support the Procurement Lead by managing a small commercial team and actively seeking to build their capability through to enhancing the team’s impact through continuous development of working practices and approaches.

Engaging with customers at all levels, from project managers up to director level, you will provide a responsive, timely, efficient, sustainable and professional procurement service in line with commercial policy. You will work closely with our customers in highly sensitive operational areas, supporting them through the delivery of goods and services. You will ensure timely delivery of procurement projects against the departmental work plan, in line with our customer requirements.

Procurement Officer

As a Procurement Officer, you will work in a professional procurement team, where you will support the Procurement Manager in the timely delivery of a number of procurement projects. Through this delivery work, you will have the opportunity to develop your own Procurement and Supply Chain skills, and promote knowledge and resource sharing with other team members in developing skills and ideas.

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