Director of Parliamentary Procurement and Commercial Service

House of Lords

London location with potential for flexible working

  • Location

    London location with potential for flexible working

  • Job type

    Permanent

  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £95,964

  • Job ref

    GSe85568

  • Expiry date

    19 April 2022

  • Client

    House of Lords

Ref: GSe85568

The UK Parliament has two Houses that work on behalf of UK citizens to check and challenge the work of Government, make and shape effective laws, and debate and make decisions on the big issues of the day. Both Houses are supported by dedicated, politically impartial individuals across a wide range of professions, alongside the Parliamentary Digital Service who provide our IT and digital needs.

Located within the House of Lords and reporting directly to the House of Lords Finance Director, the Director of Parliamentary Procurement and Commercial Service (PPCS) will lead our PPCS team, responsible for procurement and all associated support across the House of Lords, House of Commons, and the Parliamentary Digital Service. This means leading a team of around 25 professionals across a complex portfolio of contracts in the region of £1Bn, at a time of considerable change.

As a bicameral service, the Director of PPCS will contribute towards the delivery of the aims and objectives of both Houses, developing, implementing, and monitoring our Procurement and Commercial Strategy. They will build and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally, working collaboratively and innovatively with colleagues on all procurement matters. This includes working closely with the House of Commons Finance Director and their team (to whom they’ll have a dotted line). Crucially, this role offers the opportunity to work on high-profile strategic programmes ensuring robust value for money procurement, and effective contracts are in place.

Our ideal candidate is an outstanding, collaborative, and inclusive leader, who will be compelling, comfortable, and credible working with Executive Boards, Members Committees, Counsel, and a wide range of senior stakeholders, both within and outside the Houses. Your communication skills are impeccable, your political antennae sophisticated, and your capacity to both influence and challenge in a complex space exceptional.

You will apply these qualities and more to lead and support the development of a highly motivated and committed Team, raise procurement standards in line with public sector Commercial Capability agenda, continue to drive the improvement of commercial awareness and contract management across Parliament.

You will have Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply at Level 6 and bring proven operational experience leading and managing procurement in a complex organisation. You will possess the ability to advise on the procurement and management of high value Works contracts and detailed knowledge of compliance requirements associated with public sector procurement regulations and EU procurement directives.

You will be highly effective in influencing, negotiating, and communicating with the ability to establish effective working relationships across and beyond Parliament.

This is an exciting time to be joining the House of Lords and supporting the work of the whole of Parliament as we continue to focus on the big issues of the day. 

Closing date: Noon -  Friday 15th April

Further Information

To find out more and for an informal, confidential discussion, contact Russel Brandon on 01962 864124 or Darra Power-Mooney, Associate Consultant, darra.power-mooney@gatenbysanderson.com.

Recruitment Timetable


Closing Date
Tuesday 19th April


Longlist Meeting
21st/22nd April


Preliminary Interviews
W/C 25th April


Short Listing
6th May


Final Panel
16th & 17th May


How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com