Procurement Director

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East London Waste Authority
Closing date:
13th February
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
13th February 2022
Long listing
16th February 2022
Preliminary interviews
23rd and 24th February 2022
Short listing
2nd March 2022
Stakeholder Panels
14th March 2022
Final Interviews
18th March 2022


East London Waste Authority – Procurement Director

Established in 1986, the ELWA is the statutory joint waste disposal authority for the London Borough’s of Havering; Newham; Redbridge; and Barking & Dagenham. The boroughs have a combined population of around one million people living in over 400,000 households, with each responsible for the collection of household waste in their areas.

Working with our partner authorities, our long-term aims, objectives and priorities are to: reduce waste generation; increase reuse and repair; improve local recycling and composting rates; and deliver new infrastructure solutions that will be cost-effective and support continuous improvement. We want to reduce the environmental impacts of waste, including the emission of greenhouse gases, and provide opportunities for local community benefits and regeneration by working with our partner authorities and then the waste and resources industry to identify and implement the optimum ‘whole-system’ solution of collection and treatment services for waste and resources in East London.

Procurement Director | salary c£87,586

To deliver on these aims, we are looking to appoint a Procurement Director to join our small leadership team. In this role, you will lead, direct, and shape the procurement plan that will deliver the required outcomes for ELWA, and our partner authorities. To do this, you will effectively engage early and effectively with both operational and political stakeholders, managing and building upon our already strong relationships.

With our current contract ending in December 2027, we will quickly have decisions to make. You will project manage the procurement of new services, forming robust recommendations, businesses cases and full options appraisals in detail, allowing Members to make informed decisions on their preferred options. You will ensure that: value for money; quality services; reduced environmental impacts; and improved social value, underpin your approach to this major procurement project.

To deliver this role successfully, you will have extensive knowledge and experience of both theoretical and operational procurement within a large, complex, organisation or landscape. You will have appraised the market to identify the most effective solutions and be confident presenting formal businesses cases and options to internal, and external stakeholders.

We are looking for a procurement professional who has operated at significant scale, given that the services being procurement may have a value of £600m or more. Whilst an in-depth knowledge of the waste and recycling market would be of benefit, experience in related fields such as infrastructure procurement in a multi-stakeholder environment will be considered.

As our new Procurement Director, you will have demonstrable experience of building proactive, successful relationships at a senior level both internally and externally, that deliver mutual benefit.

For more information or for a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Sundas Gull (07545 318 869) from our partners, GatenbySanderson.

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