Tractors for Hampstead Heath

Case Study

21 September 2017

Procurement officer for City of London Corporation

Mamun manages the key relationships of the suppliers and users of the procurement process – internal and external at City of London, with departments that range from schools and open spaces to the police and the Barbican.

Tell us about your organisation

The City of London is diverse, and steeped in history. It is involved in everything from multi-million pounds construction projects to introducing free 5G, public-access WiFi network within the square mile. Our job is to embed existing and new approaches to corporate procurement in the City of London’s systems of corporate governance to deliver best value, excellent service and efficiency gains.

 

How did you get into this job?

I applied for an internship at my university after I graduated, and was offered a placement in procurement, something I had never heard of before. I learned a lot – about procurement and the industry’s good career progression and salary. By the time I had finished, I already had an interview set up with City of London for a procurement assistant – mainly to get my foot in the door of any organisation. Six months later I was promoted to procurement officer and I’ve been here for a year now.

 

What skills do you need?

You’ve got to be highly organised, and a good communicator because you deal with various internal and external stakeholders, such as the police anti-fraud department and the city surveyors who deal with our property maintenance to consulting firms and charities. You need to have good project management skills and be a team player.

Please describe an average day for you?

I start with urgent emails or tasks on projects with tight deadlines. I also check on any current projects running, for example checking tenders for messages from supplier. Then I would update our contract management system with any contracts that have been signed. Throughout the day, I am responsible for ensuring that all requisitions are compliant and are processed.

 

What is the most unusual thing you have bought?

The tractor – and sadly, I haven’t driven it.

 

What is the most difficult thing you have bought?

Forensic case management system for the police. It is a very niche field and the specification was very precise and unique, so finding the right supplier was difficult. But I got help from our senior category officer and we got the right supplier in the end.

 

What is the worst thing you have bought?

I had to urgently procure a ferry service while Tower Bridge was being repaired. The overall cost of hiring the docks and supplying the service was relatively low, but we had a lot of problems with ours and the ferry service insurance cover – due to public use we had to ensure terms and conditions were airtight to ensure to City and public were protected.

My most difficult purchase was a forensic case
management system for the police.
It is a very niche field and the specification
was very precise and unique.

What is the most interesting thing you have bought, and why?

X-ray cabinets used at the Old Bailey criminal court to scan bags of anyone who is entering the building. It was my first savings.

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do your job?

Go in with a can-do attitude and learn from those who are more experienced.

 

What are the salary and career prospects in this job?

In the public sector, the procurement officer salary is very competitive. Once you start looking into category manager roles, the salaries are very good but can range from sector to sector.

 

Where next?

I would like to get into a specialised procurement field and become a category manager. Contract management is also on my horizon in the future.

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