Procurement Business Partner

Posted 2 months agoExpires in 10 days
Hybrid - London and remote working
Up to £41,216 after probation (London based)

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

Would you like to work for a large charity? An investment fund? A pension scheme? A housing association? All of the above? This role could be for you!

The National Church Institutions (NCIs) are national administrative bodies that work together to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England. Their activities are hugely varied, ranging from management of a multi-billion-pound investment fund, to a grant-giving charity, a housing service for retired clergy and the administration of four multi-employer pension schemes.

The Procurement Team is part of the Finance department, a shared services function working across the NCIs to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective finance service to each organisation. The NCI procurement function was established 3 years ago, and has developed into a key strategic partner for these organisations, driving value-for-money, promoting a best practice approach and upholding strong ethical procurement principles.

As Procurement Business Partner​, you will support the Head of Procurement to spearhead and be responsible for building out our support to the IT, Property & Facilities and Professional Services departments, developing strong working relationships across teams and promoting great procurement practice and truly effective contract management. This will include running competitive tenders, appointing and managing preferred suppliers, and providing procurement support for key projects.

This post is based in Westminster and requires the flexibility to travel to work at Lambeth Palace or regionally as required. Remote working will be available for 2-3 days per week, subject to requirements and agreement.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

For full details of the role and requirements, please see the job description attached below.

You will have many of the skills and attributes. While you do not need have to have them all, and there will be opportunities to grow and develop in the role, you should be able to demonstrate that you can make an immediate effective contribution in most of these areas, based on your track record.

Your skills/experience will include:



  • Customer-focussed and able to manage diverse & strong stakeholder groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to achieve cooperation and influence others.
  • Strong ethical principles, able to act in sympathy with the Church of England’s ethical stance.
  • Resilient, persuasive and able to drive change at all levels both internally & externally through amongst other things, key supplier relationships.
  • Highly self-motivated, able to deliver to deadlines and to work on own initiative.
  • Well-developed commercial acumen, able to interpret/evaluate financial information with confidence.
  • Good knowledge of contract law and commercial contracts with an ability to risk assess and mitigate/negotiate accordingly.


  • Proven track record of delivering substantial cost savings in a diverse procurement environment.
  • Significant experience in a procurement role in a large/complex or diverse organisation.
  • Experience in sourcing & procuring IT/Property & Facilities/Professional Services.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing procurement activities from scoping requirements through to contract award, including developing the business case, designing the evaluation methodology and putting in place a strategy for appropriate risk assessment and management.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here

As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves..