Procurement Advisor

Closing date: 2 October 2022 | Salary: £31,490-£34,902 (Grade 5)Location: Flexible (but travel to other locations across Wales will be necessary)     

Contract type: This post will be offered as a permanent contract. The role itself is time limited until 31 March 2025 at which point your role could be extended, made permanent, or you could be redeployed to our pool of special project managers / advisers or redeployed to another suitable role

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours a week

Post number: 203325

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to the nearest NRW office to your home, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job description

NRW’s purpose is to pursue the sustainable management of natural resources in Wales, this means that the work and support provided by NRW Procurement is extremely varied and interesting in nature. With alignment to strategic categories, the team provide support to Contract Managers across a range of business areas, inclusive of, but not limited to Civil Engineering, Forest Operations, Land Management, ICT, Fleet and Facilities and many others.

The NRW Procurement team play a vital role in the delivery of NRW’s Corporate Objectives, Commercial Strategy and Service Plans; implementing best practice in procurement across NRW, promoting the benefits of a compliant, flexible process that achieves value for money for our stakeholders.

The department relies on qualified and experienced procurement professionals to bring a depth of understanding of the subject matter in line with all relevant procurement legislation, policies and procedures that we must adhere to.

The role of Procurement Advisor will provide dedicated support to our Designated Landscapes Programme, which will explore the possibility of a new National Park in North Wales, as well as the possibility of supporting other NRW deliverables; you will also help NRW achieve its wider initiatives and objectives that seek to mitigate the climate and nature emergency.

You should be a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) up to level 5 as a minimum or full MCIPS, with substantial and relevant experience of leading procurements within the public sector.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Support the delivery of an integrated and professional procurement service in support of category management (and NRW corporate objectives), providing advice to clients on strategic procurement issues and contributing to the development of NRW’s procurement strategy.                                                  
  • Hold accountability under Committing our Money, ensuring robust, compliant and value for money outcomes. 
  • Analyse a range of information to identify cost improvement opportunities within Category spend & Delivery Plans, to include a review of contractual agreements.
  • Deliver procurement outcomes and improvements (in cost, efficiency, value or quality) in accordance with agreed targets and key performance indicators
  • Build and maintain influential and collaborative relationships with internal customers to insure awareness of the opportunities, risks and best practice relevant to procurement, influencing the work of our internal customers to provide positive outcomes
  • Provide specialist advice and guidance in order to manage commercial and sustainability risk, to improve ways of working and drive efficiency, as evidenced by savings and overall value.
  • Provide procurement support in prescribed areas of activity working with a range of people from across the organisation.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with the Welsh Government, the National Procurement Service for Wales, Sponsored Bodies, Agencies, service providers and other stakeholders.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (Full Membership or working towards).
  2. Experience as a Procurement practitioner, in the application of knowledge and the specific requirements of the post.
  3. Experience of influencing procurement decisions at a project level.
  4. Experience of undertaking and leading procurement exercises, demonstrating success with their delivery.
  5. Experience of undertaking negotiations with supply partners.
  6. Transferrable experience of using procurement to deliver business objectives.
    Understanding of procurement concepts, practices, governance & techniques, & maintenance of this through a range of interests & peer group interaction.

Welsh language requirements:

Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement i.e., ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.


Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Range of technical/specialist knowledge and skills gained through previous experience.
  • Provide professional/technical/specialist advice to others on their subject area.
  • Good communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills, with ability to organise and manage their own workload.

Evaluation of Information

  • Analysis and interpretations of data and information. Provide guidance and advice to others on technical/specialist matters.
  • Produce documentation from a variety of sources which may require some degree of originality. The content will have some technical or specialist element to it.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Will be guided by expected results but the post holder may be able to decide how best to achieve these, within defined parameters.
  • Guidance provided by others but there will be some degree of judgment or creativity applied based on  technical knowledge and/or specialist skills.
  • Ability to problem solving and make decisions with a range of solutions, requiring some investigation/analysis before coming to a conclusion. There will be a limited range of options with known solutions, which will require a technical/specialist insight to the issue.
  • Adaptable and able to manage workflow. May take responsibility for management of small, less complex projects.


  • Will have moderate effect on the business, according to specialist/technical advice given. Short to medium impact but will depend on the technical/specialist discipline and the extent it impacts on others. The consequences of taking potentially incorrect action/decisions will be moderate to high and likely need to be addressed to avoid longer term impact.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Communication across a range of NRW functions and possibly to external contacts and third parties. To provide advice and guidance to individuals who are not familiar with the technical/specialist discipline. This will require an ability to translate and present technical/specialist information in a way that others can understand.
  • Well-developed skills to develop and sustain good working relationships/networks which are likely to be on-going and involve a degree of influencing.

Benefits of working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • weekly well-being hour to use at your choice
  • competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Please send a completed Application form to

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Application closing date: 2 October 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Llinos Hughes at

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented, including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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