Procurement Specialist

United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)

This vacancy is now closed


About Us

At MSI Reproductive Choices we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every woman has the right to make choices about her own body and her own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we give women the means to do so. Across 37 countries, we provide high quality, safe services, and work with advocacy to create an enabling environment, so every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed. Because when a woman can determine her own future, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

MSI Reproductive Choices is committed to creating an inclusive environment with a workforce which is representative of the communities we serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and give equal consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We are committed to promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups. 

About the Role

The Procurement Specialist will lead the Global Supply Chain (GSC) Procurement team and support the London Support Office (LSO) through a major transformation and improvement programme.

There is significant need for a more effective management of product supplies across the organisation and to improve collaboration with our suppliers which include donor organisations.

Close engagement with other stakeholders (Regional and Country Directors, in-country procurement and supply chain teams) to gain their support and advocacy is essential. Currently data is at a premium in MSI but indicatively there is an annual direct spend in the region of £20-£30 million. However, many commodities are sourced free of charge from donors via multiple, complex and often not very transparent processes.

This role will be at the forefront of developing new procurement procedures for the London Support Office to adopt as well as overseeing the centralised international order process and Commercial Sales process.

About You

We want individuals who support our mission of eliminating unsafe abortion by 2030 and who work with us to build an enabling environment to increase access to safe services everywhere. We expect all team members to share our vision and commitment to achieving our mission whilst promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all clients and colleagues.

To succeed in this role, you must have:

  • A wealth of operational experience in supply chain (procurement, demand and supply planning, inventory management), in a regulated industry, preferably healthcare.
  • Led and implemented proven supply chain systems improvements with very good understanding of process engineering.
  • Good knowledge of sourcing and supplier management, managing forecasting, integrated planning, inventory management, order fulfilment, distribution, and procurement processes and commodity management.
  • Solid experience driving efficiency and cost reduction, whilst delivering the quality and service standards.
  • Highly knowledgeable in the development and reporting of supply chain KPIs.
  • Demonstrable skill and experience in driving long-lasting change and capability enhancements within procurement departments.
  • Well developed “coaching style” with well-practiced facilitation skills that engender confidence and transfer technical ability into country supply chain teams.

It is desirable you have the following experience:

  • Extremely adept at building senior relationships with to ensure optimal Sales & Operations planning.
  • Commercial or Not for Profit Supply Chain experience.  Manufacturing or Engineering, pharmaceutical background advantageous.
  • Experience in developing public sector supply chains in low- and middle-income countries.


  • Ability to work in a diverse and inclusive environment: respecting and collaborating with all individuals equally, and with a commitment to overcome bias and prejudice
  • Good Communication: communicates clearly, verbally and in writing across the organisation & across all levels of the business. Can adapt communication to increase impact in different contexts.
  • Good Team working: ability to quickly and effectively build relationships and establish high degree of trust & respect and highly sensitive cross-cultural skills recognising the wide variation in supply chain skills in emerging countries. Empowers team to take action.
  • High planning & organising skills: High level of ability to initiate and lead supply chain tools development to completion and sensitive to change management requirements to ensure successful embedding of new systems within low resource countries. Good at follow-through on projects and initiatives.
  • Strong analytical skills: can easily translate supply chain KPIs into something an organisation understands and responds to. Strong attention to detail.
  • Good problem resolution skills: recognises the challenges of low resource settings and can respond well with solutions that meet needs of global standards whilst meeting needs of country programmes. Good at testing alternatives to identify an optimum solution.
  • Good business / financial acumen. Commercially astute - can use financial analyses (eg. supply chain P&L, cost & revenue drivers) to understand the financial impact of supply chain decision making.

Personal Attributes:

  • Committed to the protection of team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups.
  • Able to role-model inclusive and culturally sensitive attitudes and behaviours.
  • Strong Managerial skills
  • Dynamic, creative individual with the ability to show initiative
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with colleagues and external parties
  • A resilient, flexible and overly positive person
  • pragmatic in their attitude with a willingness to adapt plans to changes in circumstances/direction as the strategy or feedback dictates
  • actively seeking feedback on performance (both results and behaviours) from various stakeholders in the organisation with a view to continuously learning and growing
  • willing to travel up to 20% of the time to geographically challenging locations (noting extremely limited travel expected for 2021)
  • able to work efficiently and comfortably in a diverse multinational environment
  • able to work with minimal supervision to achieve the objectives of the workplan

For more information about the role, please view the job description and person specification on our website.

Location: London Support Office

Full-time: 35 hours

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £46,000 - £53,000 + discretionary bonus + benefits

Closing date: 30th September 2021 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

For internal employees applying from an MSI country programme, the role will be positioned within the existing salary structure of the country. Local terms and conditions of the country will apply.

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