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Strategic Sourcing colleague

The work we do here is so diverse; so different from moment to moment. I can be talking about sourcing supplies for an IT project one minute, then an overseas construction project the next.

I think what distinguishes our work most though is that, even though we’re working within government, we’re not just supporting one team or delivering one service; we’re enabling all types of government service to happen worldwide. I’ve worked in local authority before, and there are certainly similarities, but the scale here is different. It needs commercial thinking, and creative thinking.

We’re not just supporting one team or delivering one service; we’re enabling all types of government service to happen worldwide.

From my perspective, the whole organisation is all about individual development. If someone shows an interest in something and it’s practical for them to pursue it, they’ll be supported to do that. Then, if people are keen to explore a different role, or to take up a promotion, they’ll often be able to test the job out to see if it’s right for them. It’s clear that the organisation takes its people’s development very seriously, and everyone wants to make sure you’re developing your career in a way you’re happy with.

If people are keen to explore a different role, or to take up a promotion, they’ll often be able to test the job out to see if it’s right for them.

There’s an open culture too, where the whole team can discuss any issues and any needs we have. If you need flexible working, or there’s something you need to help you achieve the right work life balance, you know you can always talk to your manager about it. People are empowered and trusted to make their own decisions too, within reason, and it makes for a really open environment.”