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Principal Procurement Advisor - Relationships and Engagement

  • Lead the Agency's strategic approach to Supplier Relationship Management
  • Drive the execution of practices and processes to drive strong market engagement
  • Drive innovation through market knowledge and insights

 About us

At the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation's performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for New Zealand. The Transport Agency has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years' time.

The focus of System Design and Delivery is on designing and delivering an integrated transport system - one that reflects the plans and priorities of the Transport Agency and its partners. As part of this, Procurement plays an integral role to ensure value for money outcomes across the transport industry.

The role

This senior role is all about relationships; working with the business to build and maintain these both internally and externally. It will lead the development of our Relationship and Engagement Strategy including the roll out of the resultant Supplier Relationship Management framework both internally and out to market.  Well-developed communication skills will be key to success in this role. 

You will be responsible for developing and implementing a reporting framework on agency, supplier and contract performance that informs stakeholders and positions the agency as an intelligent client.  The role will be an effective change agent in supporting new ways of building and maintaining relationships.

Using available resources, you will seek to understand the agency's markets and industries. You will share market information and supplier intelligence insights with the business and our partners, including local authorities to inform procurement practices.    

Your strong understanding of procurement and relationship management will support the development of best procurement outcomes including innovative ways to enhance how we work with our suppliers. 

What you will bring

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Proven experience in building partnerships and relationships
  • Experience in developing and implementing Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)
  • Outstanding communication and relationship building skills
  • Sound commercial acumen
  • Proven ability to research markets, industries and supply chains
  • Tertiary qualification (e.g. MCIPS or working towards attaining this) in a related discipline or equivalent experience

This is an opportunity to contribute to the creation of a top class procurement practice resulting in strong partnerships both internally and externally. 

We are looking for candidates with a range of experience and are happy to provide relocation to offshore candidates that have the skills and experience that we are seeking. If you are interested learning more about the role or about what it's like to work for the New Zealand Transport Agency then we would love to hear from you.

Applications close:  11 January 2019

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To be considered for this position you must be eligible to obtain a relevant New Zealand working visa.




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