Job of the Week – a taxing challenge for a procurement leader….

HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) has become one of the most highly regarded UK government Departments in terms of its procurement and commercial activities - despite occasional glitches....

Their CPO is David Thomas, an impressive and straightforward character with a utilities and private sector background who is playing a big role in the wider central government procurement initiatives as well as running the HMRC function. He's now looking for a Deputy Commercial Director and Strategic IT Procurement Lead, who will focus on commercial strategy around IT spend as well as deputising for Thomas.

The IT focus indicates the scale of the job; HMRC have one of the largest IT contracts in the world, with Cap Gemini, who run all the UK tax systems. And there's going to be a lot of activity here as we potentially move towards more integration of the benefits and tax systems over the next few years. Their person spec appears to be much as you might expect:

CIPS qualified, you will have strategic level procurement experience and the gravitas and credibility to form effective relationships with senior stakeholders.....   You will also have an excellent understanding of the IT market environment and a tangible track record of delivering positive results through implementing appropriate procurement strategies in IT Hardware, software and telecommunications categories.

Personally, I would have thought that understanding of mega-outsourced IT contracts would be a big plus. The advert doesn't say whether you need public sector experience - I would have thought not, but the salary at £85k looks a little light perhaps to attract private sector IT procurement stars, who are still in short supply.

But there are (I assume) the usual public sector benefits around pensions, a more flexible approach to working patterns, etc, as well as the attraction of handling a huge and very significant IT spend for a high-profile organisation!

The role is based in Manchester, where HMRC procurement is headquartered. More details here; and closing date is 15th August.

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