Head of Procurement
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN21-21
2. About ECMWF
ECMWF is the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. It is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1975 by a group of European nations and is today supported by 34 Member and Co-operating States, mostly in Europe. The Centre’s mission is to serve and support its Member and Co-operating States and the wider community by developing and providing world-leading global numerical weather prediction. ECMWF functions as a 24/7 research and operational centre with a focus on medium and long-range predictions and holds one of the largest meteorological archives in the world. The success of its activities relies primarily on the talent of its scientists, strong partnerships with its Member and Co-operating States and the international community, some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and the use of innovative technologies such as machine learning across its operations.
Over the years, ECMWF has also developed a strong partnership with the European Union, and for the past seven years has been an entrusted entity for the implementation and operation of the Climate and the Atmosphere Monitoring Services of the EU Copernicus Programme, as well as a contributor to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The collaboration does not stop there and include other areas of work, including High Performance Computing and the development of digital tools. It is enabling ECMWF to now provide data and products covering weather, climate, ait quality, fire and flood prediction and monitoring.
ECMWF has recently become a multi-site organisation, with its headquarters based since its creation in Reading, UK, its new data centre opening in 2021 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices, also opening in 2021 in Bonn, Germany.
It is foreseen that ECMWF will be a major partner in the implementation of the Destination Earth (DestinE) initiative starting later in 2021, together with ESA and EUMETSAT as partners. The objective of the European Commission DestinE initiative is to deploy several highly accurate thematic digital replicas of the Earth, called Digital Twins, to monitor and predict natural and human activities as well as their interactions, to develop and test scenarios that would enable more sustainable developments and support corresponding European policies for the Green Deal.
For additional details, see www.ecmwf.int/.
3. Summary of the role
The Head of Procurement will lead the Procurement Team (3 direct reports), working with scientific and technical experts, budget-holders and managers across the organisation to procure goods and services to support ECMWF’s core activities and the Copernicus and Destination Earth services. The annual budget for ECMWF core procurement activities averages in excess of £20m over a 3 year period, with external spend under the Copernicus and DestinE programme representing an additional €170M over 7 years.
ECMWF is currently finalising negotiations with the European Commission concerning the continuation of the C3S and CAMS services, with contracts due to be signed in Spring, and the implementation of the Destination Earth (DestinE) services, with this project due to kick off in the second half of 2021. Both services will be run from the new ECMWF facility based in Bonn, Germany (https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/news/2020/bonn-host-new-ecmwf-premises-2021). Whilst the Head of Procurement will be working as part of the Administration Department situated in Reading, some team members will be based in the Bonn office.
The role will cover a broad range of procurements, including scientific services, large value IT equipment and services and building equipment and maintenance services, as well as those specific to International Organisations such as general HR services including health insurance contracts. Therefore, candidates who are able to show strong experience in these areas will be at an advantage.
As the head of a dispersed team, the role would suit an individual who is comfortable managing and leading in a matrix management style. There is a need for close collaboration with both clients and stakeholders across the organisation and therefore strong communication and stakeholder management skills are essential in this role to build trust and forge strong internal and external relations.
4. Main duties and key responsibilities
5. Personal Attributes
6. Qualifications and experience required
Knowledge and skills (including language)
7. Other information
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A4 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £89,118.72 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-C as defined in the Staff Regulations.
Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.
Starting date: 1 September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Length of contract: Four years with the possibility of a further contract.
Location: The position will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.
8. How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.
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At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensuring a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all, without distinction as to race, gender, age, marital status, social status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, personality, ethnicity and culture. We value the benefits derived from a diverse workforce and are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the countries that are part of our community, in an environment that nurtures equality and inclusion.
Applications are invited from nationals from ECMWF Member States and Co-operating States, listed below:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Applications from nationals from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.