We're recruiting a Senior Finance and Procurement Officer



Who we are

 

Crest Advisory are crime and justice specialists - equal parts research, strategy and communication. Working with police forces, government, tech companies, and public inquiries, who all have a key part to play in building a safer, more secure society we;

  • research the big issues or dig into an organisation’s data

  • advise clients on how best to achieve the best outcomes

  • communicate (and help them communicate) the message to the wider world

From delving into a deeper understanding of victims' needs for the Crown Prosecution Service, making films and running press offices for high profile legal organisations, researching county lines, maternal imprisonment or the use of stop and search, we work across some of the most important and impactful subject matters in the criminal justice system.

We foster a culture of support and challenge and provide both our clients and each other with advice that cuts through and adds value. We are a multi-disciplinary team who have worked across some of the biggest and most serious issues in crime and justice.

What we are looking for

 

An enthusiastic senior finance and procurement officer to join Crest’s business support team, currently made up of our Chief Financial Officer, our Business Manager and our Office Manager.


Position in organisation

 
  • Reports to: Business Manager

  • Responsible for: Carrying out the efficient management of Crest’s procurement and related finance activities


Duties & responsibilities

 

Assist the Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager with:

  • Financial and contracts support: admin around client contracts, purchase orders and invoicing

  • Corporate credentials: Maintain necessary certifications (Cyber Essentials and ISO 9001)

  • Risk management: data protection including the review and implementation of data security updates, GDPR, maintaining and reviewing risk registers


Support the Director of Criminal Justice Strategy and the Chair with procurement:

  • Triage and communicate procurement opportunities early to directors, as they are published and support the completion of the tender decision template

  • Procurement framework administration: maintain membership on the different frameworks, updating requested company information as needed

  • Support on applications to new procurement frameworks

  • Support the coordination of bid teams and bid completion

  • Create response templates as required

  • Provide bid writing support on company information and corporate policies

  • Provide a review and quality assurance check of bid budgets

  • Maintain Crest’s standard tender responses (inclusive of programme mgt, quality assurance, EDI and social value)

  • Report quarterly on bidding activities (both contracts won and lost), proactively coordinating feedback sessions and maintaining the tender tracker

  • Monthly financial management information reporting which is mandatory to maintain Crest’s membership of Crown Commercial procurement frameworks

Support the Business Manager with links between Procurement and HR:

  • Develop an awareness of social value policy and support the Business Manager and Director of People in oversight over the implementation plan

  • Ensuring understanding of all corporate HR policies such as EDI, Safeguarding and data protection are correctly embedded into procurement

Personal requirements & experience

 

Essential requirements

  • Work to the Crest values - courageous, credible, challenging and collaborative

  • Experience in public sector procurement, with an understanding of different procurement frameworks and portals

  • Financial literacy and numeracy at a level that they are comfortable reviewing and interpreting financial and numerical data to support central policies in relation to budgets/procurement

  • Ability to operate well within a team, often working with multiple teams/projects

  • Extremely well organised, ensuring that planning and scheduling is at the forefront of their work, whilst also providing this function to support the director team

  • Proactive approach working to their own initiative to both work tasks and personal development, willing to go above and beyond

  • Ability to deliver flexibly both strategic and operational tasks, that meet the needs of the organisation

  • Excellent communication skills, enabling the individual to work effectively with senior and more junior staff across the organisation to ensure that all parties are in receipt of timely information


Desirable

  • Excellent IT skills (MacOS, Google Drive, MS Office) that will further the development of the business support team

  • Resilient and hardworking in nature, with the ability to work under pressure at busy times

  • Have an interest in personal growth within Crest, with an interest and confidence to learn more about the business

  • Desire to join and support a good working culture, focused on nurturing positive relationships

Salary

 

A competitive salary will be paid depending upon skills and experience, ranging between £35,000 and £40,000 (pro-rata).


Hours

 

You would work from our new London office (near Old Street), up to 40 hours per week. We will consider part-time applications (minimum 32 hours a week).


Benefits

 

Benefits include 25 days holiday per annum pro-rata, participation in the company-wide profit-share scheme, pension, flexible working is available to all employees, subject to availability; other benefits include access to an employee assistance programme, season ticket loans for transport and “cycle to work” scheme.


How to Apply

 

Please send your CV and a one page covering letter to workwithus@crestadvisory.com. Candidates are encouraged to proactively provide examples of past work you have personally contributed to, which showcase your skills. Finally, we ask all candidates to fill out and return this equal opportunity monitoring form to us as well. Please note that all applications will be anonymised before being processed.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 10th October.

Interviews are due to take place w/c 17th October.


Please indicate in your letter whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time position.


If you wish to discuss the role informally, please email marie.begasse@crestadvisory.com or call 020 3542 8993 and speak to one of us about the role you are interested in.

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