Senior Procurement Officer

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th November, 2020

Job Description

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 37 member countries, that works to build better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.  Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.

Within the Executive Directorate (EXD), the Programme, Budget and Financial Management Service (EXD/PBF), supports the Executive Director and the Office of the Secretary-General in framing of the OECD’s priorities, specifically in planning the biennial Programme of Work and Budget (PWB), the management of the Organisation’s financial resources, setting out financial and budget policies, co-ordinating the budget process, leading the end-to-end voluntary contribution management process, supervising the procurement function, ensuring the monitoring and accounting of all income and expenditure, hosting resource management activities and preparing the OECD's financial statements.

EXD/PBF/CPG is looking for a Senior Corporate Procurement Officer who will be responsible for the management of procurement processes exceeding certain thresholds and their optimisation in the Corporate Procurement Group (CPG). The selected candidate will work under the supervision of the Corporate Procurement Manager within CPG and will guide, advise and support fellow procurement colleagues and internal clients.

Main Responsibilities

Procurement Management

  • Develop and contribute to CPG’s procurement strategy and tools, promoting high procurement standards (transparency, equality of treatment, free access).
  • Manage calls for tender and market consultations, prepare bid analyses and participate in selection panels.
  • Develop and update the OECD Procurement Plan.
  • Control and analyse expenditures data in order to optimise purchases.

Contract Management

  • Support the preparation of contracts in compliance with the Financial Regulations of the Organisation.
  • Develop indicators to monitor suppliers' performance and follow up on all contracts as needed.
  • Co-operate with the Secretariat of the Procurement Board on procurement issues as needed.
  • Manage contractual disputes as needed.

Supplier Management

  • Source and screen suppliers based on needs, requirements and benefit (value for money).
  • Broaden the pool of suppliers, improve competition among existing suppliers, and ensure the prevention of supplier monopolies.
  • Monitor the market to support procurement strategy.

Other tasks

  • Manage periodic projects as needed.
  • Contribute to policy and process improvements to improve financial performance and operations.
  • Undertake other duties as required.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • A first-level university degree in business, engineering and/or law, preferably with a specialization in procurement or in project management or equivalent.

Professional Background

  • At least six years of practical experience in procurement and/or contract preparation.
  • Sound knowledge of public procurement code and procedures.
  • Good knowledge of the Organisation’s structure, processes, regulations and administrative systems or experience in a similar international structure would be an advantage.
  • Relevant experience in working in an international environment would be an advantage.
  • Proven track record of seeking out innovative solutions to problems, including new technologies.
  • Proven experience demonstrating flexibility, ability to cope with conflicting requests and to meeting strict deadlines.
  • Thinking outside the box solution-oriented mindset.


  • Sound knowledge of integrated management tools (Suite MS Office, SAP or other ERP).
  • Knowledge of SAP/SRM and/or of any e-procurement and e-sourcing solutions would be an asset.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.


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