Working for UK SBS Procurement
Mellissa joined us in 2012 as a Procurement Administrator and progressed to Senior Category Manager within 4 years. Her desire to learn, commitment and talent were recognised early, supported and developed. She led the Common Goods and Services team, comprising 15 people and 14 sub-categories, and recently took the opportunity to broaden her skills and experience within the Research Procurement team.
After graduation, I was looking into potential career options and was attracted to procurement as it seemed to offer the variety I was looking for and the opportunity of a career for life. I came to UK SBS with the desire to learn and was prepared to work hard to learn everything I could about procurement.
I’ve been supported in developing my professional and personal skills through mentoring and coaching. My managers recognised how I learn best, have given me the confidence to progress and are available to give advice. UK SBS enrolled me on the MCIPS qualification which I completed in 2016 and has boosted my professional competencies.
Every day brings a new challenge and opportunity to learn something about procurement, which I love. We're a close knit and diverse team and proactively share ideas and experiences to deliver our best
Public sector procurement can provide a lifelong career where you never stop learning and developing. I would definitely recommend procurement as a career choice. UK SBS is an excellent place to build your skills and experience - there's a positive vibe in the working environment and opportunities to develop across multiple specialisms and progress are regularly available. I’m confident that the future direction of the department will increase the volume of work coming through the teams and lead to more opportunity.
If I could offer any advice to someone starting out it would be - start as you mean to go on...be motivated, committed, grab every learning opportunity, and use your manager and the people around you to learn. The more you apply yourself, the more you will learn.
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