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Strategic Procurement Advisory - Assistant Manager

Date: Feb 4, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG) in the UK consists of c200 professionals and is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading advisers to clients across the government and infrastructure sectors. We have won many awards, including financial advisor of the year (Infrastructure Journal). We are growing fast in response and is looking to add depth and breadth of capability.

We have locations in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester, but is organised on a national basis and is looking at hiring candidates to join their London based team. We needs professional, talented people with a passion for identifying, creating and delivering innovative solutions.

Strategic Procurement Advisory (SPA) is a new, diverse and fast-growing team that is part of the wider Strategic Advisory Services Team with IAG. SPA advises organisations on strategic procurement (e.g. design and construction), including packaging, supplier selection, and commercial and contracting strategy. Our work includes developing and shaping programme delivery models for major government and infrastructure clients throughout the UK. We typically work on some of the most novel and complex issues that government, corporate and major programme clients are grappling with. Our clients look to us for novel ideas about partnering, collaboration, achieving value and managing complex stakeholder relationships.

The Role
Assistant Managers perform a critical role contributing to client workstreams, supporting business development and helping our team to grow and develop.

Key areas where Assistant Managers contribute to the team include:
Develop solutions to problems and collaborate with more senior colleagues and clients
Generate hypotheses and contribute to storyboarding to help with solving our clients most complex and challenging problems
Take ownership of small workstreams and contribute to larger workstreams, working closely with workstream leads.
Produce client ready deliverables
Liaise effectively with clients whilst working on engagements and act as an ‘ambassador’ for KPMG
Contribute to the development of the team and fostering our collaborative and supportive team culture
Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients
Provide timely feedback and coaching to our team members
Supporting the development of an environment of continuous learning
Build and maintain a strong internal and external network
Contribute to business development opportunities by helping with the generation of proposals and bid documentation
Support the development of the SPA proposition and knowledge base

The Person
We are looking for applicants who display the following:
Evidence of strong problem-solving and analytical capabilities
Structured thinking skills combined with creativity
Be comfortable handling ambiguity and changing client demands
Ability to review and assess technical data and distil the key strategic insights
Ability to evaluate complex problems and support delivery of insightful recommendations that can be practically executed
Strong numerical capabilities
Excellent English written and oral communication skills
Demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in working on critical public sector issues and the delivery of the infrastructure and services that help realise public policy
Experience of working with or researching a range of stakeholders/clients and having an emerging understanding of the issues facing the infrastructure sector and/or large-scale procurements
A passion for learning and maintaining knowledge of trends in the latest thinking related to programme delivery models, supply chains, collaboration and alliancing.
An understanding of differences between transactional, collaborative and alliancing delivery models for projects and programmes and the challenges experienced in making these effective would be desirable
Background in relevant consultancy, commercial, procurement, strategy or academia
Professional qualification (or working towards one) such as MCIPS, MRICS or relevant postgraduate degrees welcome
A willingness to travel

We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.

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