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Head of Procurement

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General information


Egis is an international player active in the consulting, construction engineering and mobility service sectors.
We design and operate intelligent infrastructure and buildings capable of responding to the climate emergency and helping to achieve more balanced, sustainable and resilient territorial development.
With operations in 120 countries, Egis places the expertise of its 18,000 employees at the disposal of its clients and develops cutting-edge innovation accessible to all projects.
Improving people's quality of life and supporting communities in their social and economic development, whilst drastically reducing carbon emissions and achieving vital 2050 net zero targets, that's our purpose.



Position description

Job title

Head of Procurement

Contract type

Permanent contract

Business Line specific context

The Head of Procurement is fully accountable and responsible for managing VVB’s and the JV known as Anthro (VVB & Egis) procurement function. The role is responsible for the development and implementation of the Company Procurement Strategy by developing efficient and compliant processes and systems require to deliver procurement and post contract management.  The role is aimed at ensuring that the procurement process maximises value for money, is legally compliant and adheres to best practice across the Company. The role is working in the Rail sector, experience in Rail or related infrastructure sectors would be ideal. 


The Head of Procurement will further provide clear guidance to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) on all strategy and operational matters relating to the Procurement function within VVB and also provide senior managerial strategy and support to the Old Oak Common Project based in Acton for at least 3 days per week initially.


You must have the right to work in the UK. 

This role will be working for VVB Engineering, a joint venture partner of Egis as part of the Anthro JV managing the MEP program of works at Old Oak Common.

Job description

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development, implementation and on-going management of the VVB and Anthro Procurement Strategies and Plans ensuring practices, policies and processes are legally compliant and commercially effective.
  • To lead the development and implementation of procurement policies and strategies to support the VVB tendering process, contracts management, spend analytics and supplier performance management.
  • To report to the ELT and Anthro Board on a regular basis providing up to date feedback on procurement, including demonstration of value for money and compliance to regulatory procurement requirements.
  • To manage the VVB and Anthro supply chain and grading supply-based business requirements for maximisation of profit, delivery of performance and maintaining the VVB reputation. Optimise and develop the existing supply chain in order to achieve high performance through long term supplier relationships focusing on value for money, service & product quality and continuous improvement to drive competitive advantage.
  • To work closely with the commercial team on the resolution of disputes with sub-contractors and customers (where legal action (e.g. adjudication) is being taken or threatened or where substantial sums are at risk) in relation to projects.
  • To promote the importance of Procurement best practice across the Company.
  • Responsible for the Asite platform and all procurement activities linked to it.
  • Responsible for the supplier engagement strategy including key targets in relation to spend targets and high spend suppliers.
  • Responsible for the data reporting requirements across VVB and the JV, Anthro in regards to SPMU’s and Social Value targets.


Line Management Duties

  • Responsible for the management of a high performing workforce within the department.
  • Responsible for the timely delivery of key HR activities including annual salary reviews, appraisals, talent and succession planning etc.
  • Manage the recruitment and selection process for all Procurement employees.
  • Lead the procurement team and ensure that effective, collaborative and ethical relationships are formed with all suppliers.
  • Support in the creation and design of VVB development programmes and employee upskilling activities (VVB Manager and VVB Leader).
  • Ensure that own and direct reports’ mandatory e-learning modules and policy updates have been completed as and when required.
  • Manage any recruitment requirements via the ATS system.
  • Use the Cascade HR system to manage employee records and absences.
  • Familiarise and actively engage in using the Notify system and ensure direct reports are fully aware of the Notify system and use the system for Health and Safety related matters.
  • Have an in depth understanding of all information security projects, policies and procedures.
  • Oversees and ensures that direct reports receive governance training on all information security policies and procedures.




Honours degree or equivalent
Qualified purchasing professional (MCIPS)

Project Management experience
ILM Level 3

Competencies / Behaviours:


·       Excellent attention to detail

·       Excellent communication and negotiation skills

·       Experience in managing procurement employees

·       Collaborative approach to both internal and external stakeholders 

·       Ability to prioritise in pressured situations 

·       Positive Leadership skills.  

·       Excellent people management skills and strong communicational qualities. Able to get best out of team. 

·       Collaborative approach 

·       Able to prioritise and delegate where necessary. 

·       Decisive and works well under pressure. 

·       Flexible, ‘can do’ attitude in a fast-paced environment with a hands-on approach 

·       Excellent verbal & written skills at a technical level.  

·       Able to establish good working relationships with many different people at different levels. 

·       Forward thinking 

·       Self-motivated (Company and self-development) 

·       Flexible approach to working hours. 

·       Commitment and awareness of the need to work the hours necessary to ensure a successful business 

·       Willing to travel nationally and stay away from home as necessary. 

·       Innovative approach – keen to demonstrate application of existing skilled experience to improve business processes





·       Held a senior Procurement role for a substantial period and managed a team working closely with other delivery functions

·       Detailed knowledge of EU and UK procurement legislation, supplier and contract management

·       Strong working knowledge of procurement processes

·       High level of programme management skills

·       Experience operating at a strategic level with a strong track record of success in delivering financial savings

·       Experience of working in the infrastructure environment across multiple schemes 

·       Has a contracting background  

·       Strong working experience operating at a strategic level  

·       Experienced in both running and delivering audits



·       Experience of sourcing contract management of corporate categories

·       Mix of SME and Large company experience


Position location

Job location

Europe, United Kingdom



Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

4-Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science

Minimum level of experience required

Over 10 years