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Procurement Manager -Indirects

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Work type: Continuing / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Administration, Finance, Information Technology

The Strategic Procurement function delivers sourcing activities for learning, teaching, research and support of approximately 6,000 staff and 45,000 students across 11 faculties and various operational and related divisions and entities.

The Indirects Procurement Manager reports to the Director of Strategic Procurement and is responsible for providing technical and procurement thought leadership around all Indirects categories. The objective is to drive significant cost savings, process efficiency and reduced risk through being a key influencer and change agent to the customer. The role will set out to change internal views on vendor potential and understanding that will create increased support to leverage all aspects of the portfolio.

This position has one direct report. (Category Manager)


This position is part of Strategic Procurement, which is intended to:

  • Maximise UNSW’s purchasing power, by developing and driving category, supplier and sourcing strategies, across multiple categories.
  • Establish and implement a comprehensive and consistent Category Management strategy and plan.
  • Build strong partnerships with key stakeholders to drive early engagement and minimise bypass.
  • Provide deep and industry leading category expertise, thought leadership and consultative insights to customers.
  • Maintain high standards of ethics and probity.


Primary and more specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following


Strategy Development in Indirects Procurement

  • Demonstrate leadership within Strategic Procurement and across UNSW. Take a leading role in the development of the Indirects Procurement Strategy working with key individuals across UNSW.
  • Develop optimal procurement strategies to maximise supplier leverage. Support the transition to more cost effective business models across UNSW.


People Leadership

  • Provide leadership and direction to direct reports. Identify, hire and/or develop the right skill sets, investing in the development and growth of key talent.
  • Drive a high performance culture through regular performance discussions with staff and provision of timely and constructive feedback.
  • Source appropriately skilled consultants and advisors to maximise UNSW’s competitiveness and efficiency as required.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.


Category Strategy & Management

  • Optimise the supply base through leveraging (i.e. aggregations, consolidation, bundling, rationalising or re-engineering) solutions for key spend and categories in Indirects.
  • In consultation with internal stakeholders, develop category plans and vendor strategies that effectively address business needs, improve supplier performance and ensure value for money is achieved.
  • Work with the Indirects team to understand the proposed Indirects direction and articulate a timeline and critical path of procurement pipeline activities and procurement strategies to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Provide advice and guidance on complex issues relating to related strategies and sourcing activity, including optimal ways to approach the market, setting procurement strategy, sourcing and negotiations.

Contract Management

  • Provide overall direction and advice on better contract management approaches, tools and templates for greater profitability and compliance.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Collaborate and influence stakeholders at all levels (from the Board to Contract Managers).
  • Be recognised as a trusted commercial advisor within the Indirects team and an expert in deriving value from strategic vendor relationships, identifying and leveraging IP, whilst meeting operational needs
  • Manage competing Stakeholder priorities and business improvement initiatives using influence and sound business strategy.



  • Act as a business change driver to improve value, operational efficiency and productivity, applying appropriate Organisational Change Management tools and techniques as required
  • Ensure the availability and accuracy of relevant data to allow measurement of procurement benefits and tracking of pipeline activity.




  • A combination of relevant Tertiary Qualification(s) and extensive experience within a leadership role(s), including people management
  • Proven significant capital works and facilities management experience in a large and complex organisation
  • Advanced communication, interpersonal and customer service skills in relating effectively across a wide range of groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and adopt new procurement methods and process to deliver outcomes and meet the internal customer need, consistently challenge existing paradigms
  • Highly developed skills in balancing a range of procurement objectives around value for money, risk management, probity, reliability of supply, sound process and efficiency
  • Enhanced analytical expertise with robust critical reasoning and creative thinking
  • Extensive experience in negotiating complex outcomes, execution of contracts, bedding in new arrangements and setup of performance tools.
  • Highly developed commercial acumen and passion for delivering commercial outcomes and demonstrated ability to effectively interact with and influence at the board and senior executive level
  • Ability and capacity to direct and monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the safety management system.



  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (MCIPS) accreditation.
  • Work experience in a similar type of regulated industry or organisation 


Position Description

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