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Senior/Principal Consultant - Procurement Specialist - Flexible; Headquartered in South West (Exeter)

Total renumeration package circa £90k

Acuity has an exciting opening for a new Senior/Principal Consultant in order to meet growing client demand.

You will be joining a well-established, dynamic and creative consultancy team based in the South West, working on a range of transformational projects for central and local government organisations across the country. You will use your initiative and thought leadership skills to solve challenging and complex business problems. You will be an effective communicator; we pride ourselves not only on defining and implementing strategic and operational plans, but also in enabling our clients to visualise their future, establishing long-lasting relationships in the process.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in the Public Sector, either running or having significant involvement in major procurement exercises, specifically OJEU-compliant procurement using either the Competitive Dialogue or Competitive Procedure with Negotiation. In addition, they will have the following attributes:

  • Ability to deal confidently with complex situations and able to think and lead under pressure, during times of ambiguity or within tight timelines.

  • Experience of working within Local Government, Pensions or Utilities is advantageous.

  • Production of business cases and demonstrable IT transformation skills are preferable.

Our Senior/Principal Consultants have the opportunity to shape our company’s future by contributing to our business development, working in an environment free from bureaucracy that offers flexible working arrangements and an attractive range of benefits.

Key Responsibilities:

Assignment Delivery

  • Develop products in line with the Client’s required timescales and ensure they are delivered using industry-standard techniques that conform to Acuity’s and/or the Client’s quality standards.

  • Undertake quality assurance of products produced by other team members.

  • Manage his/her own time in undertaking the above.

  • Act as Assignment Lead on small and medium-sized assignments, supervising small teams of two or three consultants, mentoring junior consultants where appropriate.

    Business Development:

  • Identifying opportunities whilst delivering assignments.

  • Developing partnership arrangements with other suppliers.

    Corporate Development

  • Contribute to corporate strategy and marketing approach via Acuity’s regular corporate days.

    Key Competencies:

  • Degree-level education and 5-10 years’ experience working in the Public Sector within a consulting environment.

  • Extensive experience of leading project and programme management activities, as well as independently solving complex problems using industry standard techniques (e.g. MSP and PRINCE2).

  • Ability to maintain a strategic business perspective whilst simultaneously managing project delivery.

  • Capable of rationalising, negotiating and prioritising business requirements from multiple stakeholders to inform a realistic and achievable delivery roadmap, resolving conflict between strategic and transformational business requirements.

  • Able to articulate complex concepts in a way that is understood by stakeholders of all levels.

    Why Acuity

    Acuity recognises that you will play a key role in the success of the business and therefore offers its staff an attractive reward and benefits scheme with a total remuneration package circa £90k, to include:

  • A competitive base salary up to £75k.

  • Employee Pension Scheme which exceeds auto-enrolment requirements.

  • Annual bonus scheme of up to 10% of your base salary directly linked to your personal objectives as well as the success of the business.

  • Flexible working – whilst there may be occasions that require you to travel, we try to keep this to a minimum.

  • Annual Leave – Acuity offers 25 days’ holiday per annum plus bank holidays.

  • Life Assurance.

  • Kiddicare voucher scheme.

  • Share Options.

  • Refer a Friend scheme.

  • A range of discounted benefits through our scheme with Perkbox.

    About us

    Formed in 2006, Acuity is a limited company headquartered in Exeter that keeps its staff at the heart of its business. With a strong focus on client delivery, we are currently operating within central and local government organisations based across the UK and Northern Ireland and are very excited at the continued expansion of our permanent team.

    We thrive on the everyday challenges we face and work as a team, drawing on our varied individual experiences and improvised creativity, to overcome difficult situations. Our Consultants each bring with them a personable and dynamic approach to their work, sharing lessons learned working for large consulting organisations. This remains at the core of Acuity’s values, which the business supports through regular Social and Corporate events.

    With an additional resource pool of over 200 Associates and Professionals located nationwide, and with our services easier than ever to procure across 7 nationally-recognised frameworks, we ensure the delivery of Public Sector reform that improves quality of service, reduces costs and increases efficiencies.

    Acuity supports equal rights and encourages applications from qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We are committed to hiring the best people to deliver innovative solutions for our clients and enabling all staff to work in an inclusive environment that allows you to achieve your full potential.  


To apply by email to this position, please send your CV and covering letter to the following link:sarah.thomas@acuitynet.co.uk, quoting reference number:TCPrincipal Consultant