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Bank for International Settlements

Head of Corporate Procurement, Basle, Switzerland

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Closing date: Saturday, 31 December 2016

Head of Corporate Procurement

Office location: Basel

Department: General Secretariat

Unit: Finance

Service: Corporate Procurement

Employment - Duration: 3 years

Contract type: Fixed-term

FTE%: 100%

Application Deadline: 31/12/2016


Purpose of the job: Provides strategic leadership to the Corporate Procurement unit of 10 people, developing processes, managing the team and ensuring the provision of efficient and effective procurement services to the Bank.

Principal accountabilities: Strategic leadership

Develop and implement procurement procedures, guidelines and processes, to ensure that the Bank’s procurement activities comply with its procurement policy objectives.

Assesses risks inherent in procurement activities, and defines and ensures the implementation of appropriate controls.

Develops frameworks for monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement and critical contracts, as well as their compliance with established standards.

Ensures that the Corporate Procurement unit responds to customer needs.

Maintains a good overview of market trends and development in technology and services relating to the Bank’s business needs.


Represents the Corporate Procurement unit with the Bank’s senior management.

Maintains contacts with counterparts in central banks and industry, and promotes effective exchange of information.

Budget responsibility

Responsible for the budget and resources of the Corporate Procurement unit, including the control of some centrally managed costs.

Decides on major investments after consultation with senior management.

Ensures effective monitoring of actual expenditures against budget.

Staff management

Manages and motivates the Corporate Procurement unit.

Sets and reviews staff objectives.

Coaches and develops staff, and oversees training plans.

Vendor and contract management

Ensures the development and operation of effective vendor and contract management processes.

Maintains and develops relationships with key vendors.

Qualification and work experience required:

University degree.

More than 10 years of work experience in the procurement field, with specialised knowledge of corporate services-, building- or technology-related procurement.

Skills required:

Organised, structured, forward-thinking, with ability to network effectively and motivate staff.

Proven leadership skills.

Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to develop clear and concise policy documents.

Fluency in English and German (written and spoken). Knowledge of other major languages an advantage.

Strong negotiation skills.

Extensive experience in the effective use of information technology.

The confidence and ability to present topics to senior management (in English) in formal committee meetings.

Determination to make changes where required and the resilience to deal with resulting challenges and hurdles.

The BIS employs staff on both open-ended and fixed-term contracts. However, all new entrants are initially recruited on a fixed-term basis. The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff. We encourage applications from female candidates.

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