Business Assurance Support Officer at British Council Dhaka
The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.
Location: Dhaka, BD
Company: British Council
Contract type: Indefinite (locally appointed)
Closing date: Sunday, 2 May 2021
The post holder is responsible to –
- provide procurement and logistics services, including but not limited to, procuring goods and services in accordance with global British Council procurement policy and standards.
- support the Procurement Manager in ensuring procurement processes are effective, efficient and provide the best possible value to the relevant department as well as working collaboratively within the Centralised Procurement team to provide effective business support services to all teams.
Challenges & Accountabilities:
- Coordinate and facilitate the approved acquisition of goods and services, raising Purchase Orders (POs), goods and invoice receipting, and assisting the Procurement Manager in the preparation of bid invitations.
- Facilitate selection of appropriate vendors and procurement methods based on procurement requirements and corporate standards.
- Monitor and review progress of contractual agreements, review invoices for payment.
- Create and maintain procurement records, including electronic records in SAP, and other systems whilst ensuring accuracy and integrity of data.
- Support the wider BSS team to resolve problems or disputes as required under the guidance of the Procurement Manger so far as it relates to the technicalities of procurement and payment.
- Contact vendors or agency representatives to inquire about existing and new product information, solicit bids, develop requests for quotations; and confer with vendors regarding damaged goods, delayed payments or related information.
- Conduct periodic vendor evaluations/surveys to ensure supplier development.
- Work with the operational teams to determine strategic procurement requirements.
- Engage in cost negotiations with select suppliers as required.
- Develop lead times for procurement based on material groups.
- Establish and negotiate contract terms and conditions and maintain supplier relationships.
- Graduate in any discipline
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role
- Experience in working with a diverse team
- Experience of working with an ERP (SAP-ME21N) system
- English Language at Proficiency Level equivalent to CEFR level B1
- Attractive salary and benefits will be offered to the deserving candidate
- An inclusive and engaging work environment encouraging cross-team collaboration and building connections with colleagues from different disciplines around the world
- Flexible working opportunities to support employee aspirations, personal activities and pursuits
- A learning environment with plenty of opportunities to develop skills and knowledge
- Experience of working in an international organisation which fosters work-life balance and commitment to smart working
- Applicants should be Bangladeshi passport holder or legally entitled to work in Bangladesh
- All necessary background checks as per the British Council Pre-Appointment Screening policy along with medical check-up will need to be completed successfully prior to signing the final employment contract
A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.
The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.
The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.
We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.
Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.
Closing Date: Sunday, 2 May 2021