Member Profle - Nick Leaver

21 Feb 2011 3:05 AM | Anonymous

Nick Leaver is Procurement Manager for the G6 group, which keeps him very busy indeed!  This month, Nick shares with us a little of his experience and background:
 
1.     What's your current role?

Title:     G6 Procurement Manager
Responsibility: Develop and manage contracts that maximise group buying power and deliver greater benefits to SA Councils.
Identify opportunities for “Super Council” value and support Council’s ability to provide independent excellence for our communities. 



2.    
How did you get into that role?

Procurement requires a combination of general management skills.  Alongside traditional skills of negotiation, contract and risk management, other soft communication skills are useful.
 
My Previous Roles:
Chief Procurement Officer (UK) contributing to construction projects including Royal Opera House, London Exhibition Centre, Swiss Re, MI5, and Heathrow T5.
 
GM and Sales & Marketing Director roles in construction.
 
Sales Manager, David Jones/ John Martin Retailers.  I still carry part of the Johnnies spirit with me.
 

3.    
What do
you like best about the current job?

Working across Councils in the state and bringing people together who find better ways of doing things.
 
Council has a refreshing level of collaboration and goodwill that I didn’t experience in the commercial sector.
 
 



4.    
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role?


As Procurement continues to mature in our sector, formal academic accreditation (CIPSA) is recognised as an important professional element.  SA is seeing good training options available for procurement and I’d recommend those that are given international credence, such as CIPS.
 
 
5.     What’s next for you?


The G6 has a pretty robust program that we plan to deliver over the next two years.  My primary focus is on the execution and delivery of our service, and consulting with our stakeholders to contribute to further excellence in Local Government. 


6.     Describe a typical day for us…

Typically we facilitate User Group meetings between our participating councils.  These meetings are at the heart of our operation; it’s here that positive synergies happen between our people.
 
I also spend time listening to local government CEO’s and encouraging our top tier suppliers to help deliver innovative solutions to Councils’ strategic objectives.

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