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Regional Procurement Manager

ISP Middle East
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Jun 27, 2024

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ISP Middle East – Regional Procurement Manager


Purpose of Role

As the Regional Procurement Manager, you will oversee and manage the regions purchasing activities. You will be responsible for sourcing goods and services, managing vendors, negotiating contracts, and ensuring that all procurement processes adhere to legal and company policies. The role requires a strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and the ability to collaborate effectively across departments.

The aim of the Regional Procurement Manager is not to deliver the lowest quality option at the cheapest price. The primary objective of the Regional Procurement Manager is to unlock value either through price reductions, rebates or enhanced quality of products and services.

Reporting to the Regional Finance Director, your role will have specific KPIs targeted at delivering value to stakeholders across the Company.


ISP Principles

Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding and Health & Safety issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.


Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.


Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.


Are financially responsible. We make financial choices carefully based on the needs of the children, students and our schools.


Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.



ISP Procurement Manager - Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement procurement sourcing strategies that are cost-effective and aligned with company objectives.
  • Source and procure goods and services necessary for operations and to drive incremental value.
  • Identify reliable suppliers and vendors, negotiate contracts, and maintain positive relationships.
  • Monitor and analyze market trends, pricing, and supply chain developments to make informed purchasing decisions.
  • Collaborate with school teams to understand their procurement needs and requirements. Ensure timely delivery of goods and services.
  • Ensure compliance with ISP procurement policies, procedures, and regulations. Training school teams of procurement processes.
  • Evaluate supplier performance and conduct regular reviews to ensure quality, delivery, and service levels meet expectations.
  • Implement process improvements to enhance procurement efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ensure purchases have been approved in line with ISP Delegation of Authority.
  • Drive the increased usage of sourcing software such as ‘ScanMarket’ to ensure robust and fair sourcing processes
  • Manage contracts to ensure we are negotiating with vendors and sourcing alternatives at the correct time.
  • Comfortable working with large data sets to identify opportunities across departments, schools and regions.
  • Regular reporting to the Regional Managing Director and Regional Finance Director on opportunities and performance against targets.
  • Work closely with Projects Director and Head of Facilities to ensure CAPEX budgets and agreed and works are delivered on time and on budget, working towards having a multi-year view of CAPEX where possible.


Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Business related field.
  • Proven experience as a Purchasing, Procurement or Finance Manager, or in a similar procurement role, with a successful track record of managing procurement activities.
  • Strong understanding of sourcing and procurement techniques and principles (e.g., strategic sourcing, supplier evaluation, contract negotiation).
  • Excellent negotiation skills with the ability to build and maintain long-term vendor relationships.
  • Proficient in procurement software and ERP systems (Oracle NetSuite).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to make data-driven decisions.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.


ISP Leadership Competencies

You consistently demonstrate and role-model the ISP Leadership Competencies in all that you do.


  1. Collaboration. Takes an active part in leading their school or region; is cooperative and a genuine team player, developing positive, supportive relationships with colleagues to solve problems and maximise opportunities.


  1. Learning & Getting Better. Continually demonstrates personal commitment and passion for learning and getting better using evidence and feedback; supporting others in their continual learning, development and growth.


  1. Innovation Leadership. Is good at creating an environment where ideas for learning initiatives and services are generated and is able to motivate and inspire others through the process of creation through to completion.


  1. Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.


  1. Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.


  1. Integrity & Ethical Management. Has the ability to work ethically and with integrity; helps others feel valued; upholds and models the ISP Vision, Purpose and Principles.


  1. Leading & Inspiring Others. Supports, encourages and inspires students, colleagues and teams so that they give their best.


  1. Understanding People. Is a very good judge of talent, can objectively articulate the strengths and motivations of people inside or outside the organisation.


  1. Influencing & Communication. Consistently informs, influences colleagues through timely and effective communication.


  1. Agile. Responds and adapts to changing circumstances; manages and solves problems by providing solutions in a climate of ambiguity.


  1. Strategic, Commercial & Financial Awareness. Has the ability to apply understanding of the business and industry to improve effectiveness and profitability.


  1. Planning & Decision Making. Makes decisions on the best course of action and then plans, organises, prioritises and balances resources to achieve the desired outcome.



ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures, including an online due diligence search, references and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history. 



ISP Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

ISP is committed to strengthening our inclusive culture by identifying, hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing teammates regardless of gender, age, disability status, neurodivergence, socio-economic background or other demographic characteristics. Candidates who share our vision and principles and are interested in contributing to the success of ISP through this role are strongly encouraged to apply.






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