The Salvation Army is looking for operational buyers to join its new centralised procurement department, as part of a renewed vision for how it delivers and supports its mission. This new department is currently working on a transformation programme involving savings delivery projects and innovative process implementation.
Do you have experience in data analysis and e-Procurement tools, along with a passion to work for this international Christian charity? We spoke to Dominic Tarn, operational procurement manager at The Salvation Army, about the operational buyer roles it is currently recruiting for.
Tell us about the Salvation Army and the work you do
The Salvation Army is an international Christian church and registered charity working in 127 countries, providing practical help and support for people at all levels of need. It has more than 800 community churches and social centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland and has been transforming lives at the heart of the community for over 150 years.
What is involved in the typical role of an operational buyer?
The operational buyer role involves a wide range of activities. As part of the operational procurement team, you will be responsible for supporting requests to spend from stakeholders and making recommendations where improved purchasing solutions can be identified. This will also involve the reviewing and processing of requisitions into the ‘procure 2 pay’ system.
Identifying and managing e-catalogues will also be part of the brief, along with reviewing market trends, sourcing options and identifying savings opportunities through aggregation of spend and best practice procurement.
The design, implementation and support of new procurement and finance software is also high on the agenda.
What kind of person are you looking for?
We are looking for operational buyers with a desire to help shape a new procurement function. They will need to be proactive, organised decision makers who will need to be responsive to stakeholder requirements. We are looking for someone with passion, experience in data analysis and in using e-Procurement tools.
Why would someone want to take on this role?
This is a really exciting time for The Salvation Army as we are continuing to work to drive a new culture that will enable the charity to deliver its message and care for the vulnerable and those in need. It is also important that we are good stewards of the resources entrusted to us and that the support services are as effective as possible. The new procurement team is right at the heart of this.
This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to further their career, support a wide variety of different spend categories and really make a difference.
What exciting projects are you working on?
We are currently working with Unit4 on the implementation of a new ‘procure 2 pay’ system and the new team will be on the frontline, supporting and championing this implementation. We are supporting the Army’s journey by sourcing and procuring all of the new office requirements. We are working on procurement projects supporting The Salvation Army work on the Government’s Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract.
What opportunities for training and development are there?
The Salvation Army has an excellent training and development programme and the successful candidates will be supported on their CIPS journey.
Christmas dinner at The Salvation Army's church in Southwark
What tips would you offer applicants?
If I had one tip for potential applicants it would be to make sure they take the time to understand what we do and see the difference that we make.
Sum up what it’s like to work for The Salvation Army
It has an excellent and supportive culture and it’s fantastic to be part of something that makes such a positive difference to so many peoples’ lives. It’s a really exciting time to join the procurement team, to help shape and then drive forward how we support this mission.