Director of Supply Chain & Procurement at Plan International

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Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War. Langdon-Davies conceived the idea of a personal relationship between a child and a sponsor – a model that puts the child at the centre, and remains the core of what we do. Today, Plan International is a global organisation that is active in over 70 countries to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Who We Are We work with communities around the world to end the cycle of poverty for children. We work with communities around the world to end the cycle of poverty for children. Founded over 70 years ago, Plan is a nearly $800 million organization often ranked among the top 10 international development agencies by reputation, size and scope. We work side-by-side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children, developing solutions to ensure long-term sustainability. Our level of community engagement, long-term outlook and constant focus on the needs and priorities of children is unique among international development organizations. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs, to education projects and child protection initiatives. Community by community, Plan works to promise futures that are worthy of all children’s potential. Our Vision Our vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Our Mission Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries by: Enabling children, their families and their communities to meet basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies; Fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries; and Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Location: Not specified
  • Job Field: NGO/Non-Profit, Procurement / Store-keeping / Supply Chain 

The Opportunity

We are embarking on an ambitious and exciting change process, to make the organisation more relevant, bold, engaging, and effective in a dynamic and fast-changing global context in line with Plan International’s global strategy All Girls Standing Strong Creating Global Change (FY23-FY27).

For the next three years, Plan International is embarking on a number of large-scale change initiatives. These include the deployment of an organisational wide ERP suite of systems, and the strengthening of core business processes linked with project management, supply chain, finance and monitoring & evaluation (known internally as ‘Your Organisations Data and Analytics’ or Y.O.D.A.). Alongside these initiatives we also have an ambitious financial sustainability programme that is being designed and piloted, and will be rolled out across all regions in the coming years. Both of these will also impact our operating model, which will be designed and implemented beside these large-scale programmes.

These change initiatives all aim to improve delivery effectiveness and reduce cost and risk in order to realise non-financial benefits and financial returns to the organisation.

Plan International has a global supply chain of +€360 Million across 56 countries of programme operations. The supply chain is the backbone of the programmes and projects we deliver around the world. 

The Director of Supply Chain and Procurement leads Plan International in the effective management of supply chain and procurement within, and in support of, our international programmes around the world, in all contexts.  The postholder will provide the supply chain vision and direction across the organisation and its complex portfolio. The role is responsible and accountable for providing day-to-day operational support to the requirements of the organisation, underpinned by a long-term strategic direction, and thought leadership, ensuring the delivery of a efficient, timely and cost-effective support to our programmes in development, humanitarian and emergency.

The Director of Supply Chain and Procurement provides leadership on behalf of the global organisation, ensuring that Plan successfully manages all standardised procedures, processes and practices supporting local sourcing, purchasing, inventory, digital transportation, fleet, environment and facilities and end usage of goods, services and works to meet our programme goals.

The role is also responsible and accountable for the global supply chain transformation (organisational design, target operating model and digitalisation) and priority setting, and is the supply chain voice to the executive leadership team. The role leads a senior team of supply chain experts with strong workplans aligned to the strategy.

The role will provide thought leadership and will drive innovation and excellence, amongst others, in the following technical areas:

  • Supply Chain Management (including Supply Chain Operations in Emergencies)
  • Fleet Management
  • Procurement
  • Digital and Innovation
  • Green Supply Chain

About You

  • You are experienced leader in supply chain and procurement, with a strong track record in the humanitarian sector. A strategic thinker, you will lead on strategic vision and direction in Supply Chain and Procurement, including implementation and effective change management of organisational design across a complex, decentralised organisation.
  • Strong line management experience and the ability to apply situational leadership and support others in their development and well-being are essential to the role. A change champion for gender equality and gender transformation you are committed to the values and purpose of Plan International.

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