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Head of Procurement

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
Closing date
10 Dec 2023
  • Key strategic leadership position in Finance
  • Full-time appointment on a 5-year, fixed term basis
  • Competitive salary package, including 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

The role of Finance is to support the appropriate stewardship of the University’s finances through the provision of a strategic financial advice, establishment of a financial management framework, financial management tools, procurement, management of the University’s Investment and Endowment portfolio, as well as financial oversight and accountability for transactional operations.

Finance undertakes this role through three core pillars: Financial Compliance, Financial Performance and Procurement.

Finance operates our services across the University, from advising colleagues on strategy and performance to supporting staff and students with purchases and travel arrangements.

The Procurement team consists of a small group of category managers and sourcing specialists and will be a key pillar to our financial sustainability strategy.

About the opportunity

You will have the opportunity to develop and transform the current Procurement strategy and services, providing strategic and operational leadership, adopting a proactive and innovative style in sourcing, contract management and the provision of commercial strategic advice, to support the delivery of University services. Leading the transformation of procurement activities across the University to ensure it generates sustainable value for the University and supports the CFO in advancing the University’s strategic priority of long-term financial sustainability.

You will also develop strong business partnerships within the University, undertaking planning and evaluations of the services offered by the Procurement team and lead in service innovation and continuous improvement to optimise procurement practices and outcomes. You will provide professional guidance to the University, and to senior management across the procurement service.

About you

You will possess leadership experience within the private or public sector and will have a record of achievement in driving transformational change, efficiencies, and a customer-focused culture in procurement.

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, and as a key member of the finance executive team, you will be expected to be an active and enthusiastic contributor to the strategic direction and management of Finance, driving culture, capability and transformation in advancement of the University’s strategic priority of long term financial sustainability.

You will possess energy, drive and exceptional stakeholder management skills across a wide range of people and excellent communication and negotiation skills. You will be service-driven and results-focused, driving transformation change that delivers productivity and high performance through systems and processes that support improved outcomes and value for money across the University.

Note: A current National Police Clearance Certificate will be required by the successful applicant.

What we offer to you

The position attracts a competitive remuneration and benefits package including 17% superannuation. We also offer a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with up to 36 weeks paid parental leave, along with work life balance and the opportunity to be part of a high performing, dynamic, friendly and supportive team. We value professional development and encourage our staff to further themselves with the various Professional & Development opportunities available. Our beautiful and historic campus situated in Matilda Bay has wonderful onsite facilities including on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy, a gym and aquatic centre, supermarket and medical centre, cultural activities (like Laurance Wilson Art Gallery and Somerset Cinemas). Staff parking and well-connected transport options are available.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Position description - Head of Procurement.pdf

The content of your Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet selection criteria 1-4 (3-page max).

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Sunday, 10 December 2023

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
    We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.

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