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Grade VI - Senior Staff Officer (Procurement Department)

City of Dublin ETBDublin€53,346 - €65,173 per yearPermanentFull-time

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following positions:

Grade VI – Senior Staff Officer

Head Office: Procurement Department


Ref: G6PP24

Grade VI - Senior Staff Officer (Procurement Department)

City of Dublin Education and Training Board (City of Dublin ETB) was established on 1st July 2013 under the Education and Training Boards Act, 2013. City of Dublin ETB has 3,000 employees and an annual budget of €580m. It is the state education and training authority for Dublin city and serves the area covered by Dublin City Council. This provision is delivered to over 48,000 learners (20,000 full-time and 28,000 part-time) and is supported by a range of services including a psychological service, a curriculum development unit, a buildings maintenance unit and Head Office staff in Ballsbridge. It also has statutory responsibility for supporting the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in Dublin city and is the lead partner for Music Generation Dublin City. City of Dublin ETB is also responsible for the national awarding authority for student grants in Ireland, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

Proposed Timeframe Shortlisting will take place on: 14th March 2024 Interviewing to commence week beginning: 18th March 2024 *All dates are subject to change and are for guidance only

Details of Position: The position will be based in City of Dublin ETB Head Offices, Pembroke Place, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 PP46 and will report to the Head of Procurement.

Salary €53,346 - €65,173 including two long service increments) (pro rata). The successful candidate will be place one point one unless they have previous public sector experience

Annual Leave 27 working days per annum (pro rata).

Hours of Work 35 hours per week.

Essential Requirements

• Have obtained at least Grade D3 in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examinations (higher, ordinary, applied or vocational preparation) or equivalent or have passed an examination at the appropriate level within QQI qualifications framework which can be assessed as being of a comparable standard to Leaving Certificate or equivalent or higher or have appropriate relevant experience which encompasses equivalent skills and expertise. • Have the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to carry out the role. • Be capable and competent of fulfilling the role to a high standard.

Desirable Requirements

• Minimum of 2 years relevant experience in a procurement role and a detailed knowledge of national and EU public procurement rules and regulations or work experience in a finance, compliance or other relevant corporate governance role which in the opinion of City of Dublin ETB is relevant to the post. • A recognised qualification in public procurement or have undergone comprehensive public procurement training which in the opinion of City of Dublin ETB is relevant to the post or similar experience in Finance or Supply Chain within the public (preferred) or private sector or have a degree equivalent to level 7 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications in a relevant discipline as may be considered appropriate in the discretion of City of Dublin ETB . • Significant experience in managing staff including but not limited to general staff supervision, team work scheduling, staff development and training. • Excellent administrative and IT Skills. • Have an understanding of the main features and current challenges of public service and regulatory reform. • Ability to use initiative (being self-motivated, flexible, results focused etc.) to prioritise and manage work in a dynamic and pressurised environment. • Proven record as a team-player with a flexible approach demonstrating sound judgement, problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills. • Demonstrated experience of building and maintaining relationships in face-to-face meetings, verbally and in written communications in a clear and concise manner.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities The general duties and responsibilities listed below are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office: • Assisting with the development and implementation of the City of Dublin ETB Procurement Policy, and Corporate Procurement Plan including the Multi Annual Procurement Plan for the organisation • Management of the National/EU/Capital Procurement tender process including preparation of documents, advertising on etenders / OJEU and evaluation of same • Liaising with the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), Education Procurement Service (EPS) and other Central Purchasing Bodies (CPB) in relation to government and centralised frameworks • Monitoring of suppliers service and contract management where applicable • Ensuring adherence to current public procurement regulations, statutory regulations, codes of conduct and circulars, and the implementation of new guidelines as appropriate • Participation on various procurement forums where applicable including ETB Procurement Network • Providing administrative support within Procurement as well as to the Finance Team and other members of the City of Dublin ETB senior leadership team on procurement related matters • Providing subject matter expertise to City of Dublin ETB staff and provide advice on procurement related matters and public procurement process. • Ongoing development of communication channels with City of Dublin ETB FET Colleges, Schools, Centres and Suppliers • Assisting with the document management, review, and implementation of approved changes. • Responsibility for the data input, review, maintenance, and integrity of procurement information in the SUN system supplier database and maintenance of the contract catalogues in the P2P system. • Day to day duties including dealing with various queries from schools/centres, suppliers’ contractors and other staff and the approval of orders in adherence to public procurement guidelines • Staff supervision and development • Participation in and support of the development of IT systems as appropriate • Assisting in the development and maintenance of an overall financial control environment and the implementation of the risk management function • Liaising with internal and external auditors • Internal and external reporting Competencies Leadership Potential • Is flexible and willing to adapt, positively contributing to the implementation of change. • Contributes to the development of policies in own area and the broader Department/ Organisational. • Seeks to understand the implications of taking a particular position on issues and how interdependencies need to be addressed in a logical and consistent way. • Maximises the contribution of the team, encouraging ownership, providing support and working effectively with others. • Formulates a perspective on issues considered important and actively contributes across a range of settings.

Analysis and Decision Making • Is skilled in policy analysis and development, challenging the established wisdom and adopting an open-minded approach. • Quickly gets up to speed in a complex situation, rapidly absorbing all relevant information / data (written and oral). • Uses numerical data skilfully to understand and evaluate business issues. • Identifies key themes and patterns in and across different sources of information, drawing sound and balanced conclusions. • Sees the logical implications of taking a particular position on an issue. • Is resourceful and creative, generating original approaches when solving problems and making decisions.

Delivery of Results • Assumes personal responsibility for and delivers on agreed objectives / goals. • Manages and progresses multiple projects and work activities successfully. • Accurately estimates time parameters for projects and manages own time efficiently, anticipating obstacles and making contingencies for overcoming these. • Maintains a strong focus on meeting the needs of customers at all times. • Ensures all outputs are delivered to a high standard and in an efficient manner. • Uses resources effectively, at all times challenging processes to improve efficiencies.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills • Communicates in a fluent, logical, clear, and convincing manner verbally and in writing. • Is able to listen effectively and develop a two-way dialogue quickly. • Maintains a strong focus on meeting the needs of internal and external customers. • Effectively influences others to take action. • Works to establish mutual understanding to allow for collaborative working. • Works effectively.

Specialist Knowledge, Expertise and Self Development • Clearly understands the role, objectives and targets and how they fit into the work of the unit and Department / Organisation. • Develops the expertise necessary to carry out the role to a high standard and shares this with others. • Is proactive in keeping up to date on issues and key developments that may impact on own area, the Department and/or wider public services • Consistently reviews own performance and sets self-challenging goals and targets. • Has significant expertise in his/her field that is recognised and utilised by colleagues.

Drive and Commitment to Public Service Values • Consistently strives to perform at a high level. • Maintains consistent effort under pressure and is resilient to criticism or setbacks at work. • Demonstrates high levels of initiative, taking ownership for projects and demonstrating self-sufficiency. • Is personally trustworthy and can be relied upon. • Places the citizen at the heart of all processes and systems. • Upholds the highest standards of honesty, ethics, and integrity.

Note: Having read the competencies and thought about the demands of the role, for each of the above competencies candidates will be asked, on the application form, to demonstrate a specific example which illustrates how you have developed the relevant competency during your career to date which clearly demonstrates your suitability for this position, within your application form. Terms & Conditions of Appointment • The appointment will be subject to the sanction of the Chief Executive. • The appointment will have a probationary period, details of which will be stipulated in the contract of employment. • Any offer will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory references. • Appointment is to City of Dublin ETB as a whole, not to a particular centre. City of Dublin ETB reserves the right to transfer Officers as the needs of the scheme dictates. • The person appointed to the post will be required to contribute to the relevant Superannuation Scheme. • For the purposes of satisfying the requirements as to health it will be necessary for the successful candidate before they are appointed, to undergo at City of Dublin ETB’s expense, a medical examination by a qualified practitioner nominated by City of Dublin ETB. • Extern work may not be undertaken without the prior consent of City of Dublin ETB.

Sick Leave and Special Leave Sick leave and special leave may be allowed in accordance with the conditions in force for the time being for Officers employed under the Schemes of Education and Training Boards.

Termination The appointment will be terminated by one month’s notice in writing on either side.

Garda Vetting City of Dublin ETB is registered with the National Vetting Unit (NVU) which provides a disclosure service for organisations who have staff positions which may involve regular unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults. As part of the Board’s recruitment and selection process, offers of employment to all posts will be subject to NVU disclosures, where applicable.

City of Dublin ETB reserves the right to re-vet all staff employed in positions that entail working with children and vulnerable adults at any time during their employment.

Superannuation & Retirement The successful candidate will be offered the appropriate superannuation terms and conditions as prevailing in the Civil/Public Service at the time of being offered an appointment. In general, an appointee who has never worked in the Public Service will be offered appointment based on membership of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme (“Single Scheme”). Full details of the Scheme are at

Where the appointee has worked in a pensionable (non-Single Scheme terms) public service job in the 26 weeks prior to appointment or is currently on a career break or special leave with/without pay different terms may apply. The pension entitlement of such appointees will be established in the context of their public service employment history.

Key provisions attaching to membership of the Single Scheme are as follows: • Pensionable Age: The minimum age at which pension is payable is 66 (retirement age is linked to State Pension Age). • Retirement Age: Scheme members must retire on reaching the age of 70. • Career average earnings are used to calculate benefits (a pension and lump sum amount accrue each year and are updated each year by reference to CPI). • Post retirement pension increases are linked to CPI.

Pension Abatement

If the appointee has previously been employed in the Civil or Public Service and is in receipt of a pension from the Civil or Public Service or where a Civil/Public Service pension comes into payment during his/her re-employment that pension will be subject to abatement in accordance with Section 52 of the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012. Please note: In applying for this position you are acknowledging that you understand that the abatement provisions, here relevant, will apply. It is not envisaged that the employing Department/Office will support an application for an abatement waiver in respect of appointments to this position.

However, if the appointee was previously employed in the Civil or Public Service and awarded a pension under voluntary early retirement arrangements (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement (ISER), the Department of Health Circular 7/2010 VER/VRS or the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government Circular letter LG(P) 06/2013, any of which renders a person ineligible for the competition)the entitlement to that pension will cease with effect from the date of reappointment. Special arrangements may, however be made for the reckoning of previous service given by the appointee for the purpose of any future superannuation award for which the appointee may be eligible.

Department of Education Early Retirement Scheme for Teachers Circular 102/2007 The Department of Education introduced an Early Retirement Scheme for Teachers. It is a condition of the Early Retirement Scheme that with the exception of the situations set out in paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the relevant circular documentation, and with those exceptions only, if a teacher accepts early retirement under Strands 1, 2 or 3 of this scheme and is subsequently employed in any capacity in any area of the public sector, payment of pension to that person under the scheme will immediately cease. Pension payments will, however, be resumed on the ceasing of such employment or on the person's 60th birthday, whichever is the later, but on resumption, the pension will be based on the person's actual reckonable service as a teacher (i.e. the added years previously granted will not be taken into account in the calculation of the pension payment).


Candidates should note that persons who have taken part in public service early retirement schemes including the following are not eligible to take part in this competition:

Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER): It is a condition of the Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER) as set out in the Department of Finance Circular 12/09 that retirees, under that Scheme, are debarred from applying for another position in the same employment or the same sector. Therefore, such retirees may not apply for this position;

Department of Health and Children Circular (7/2010): The Department of Health Circular 7/2010 dated 1 November 2010 introduced a Targeted Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) Scheme and Voluntary Redundancy Schemes (VRS). It is a condition of the VER scheme that persons availing of the scheme will not be eligible for reemployment in the public health sector or in the wider public service or in a body wholly or mainly funded from public funds.

The same prohibition on re-employment applies under the VRS, except that the prohibition is a period of 7 years, after which time any re-employment will require the approval of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Persons who availed of either of these schemes are not eligible to take part in this competition.

Ill Health Retirement Please note that where an individual has retired from a Civil/Public Service body on the grounds of ill-health his/her pension from that employment may be subject to review in accordance with the rules of ill-health retirement within the pension scheme of that employment.

Pension Accrual A 40-year limit on total service that can be counted towards pension where a person has been a member of more than one pre-existing public service pension scheme (i.e. non-Single Scheme) as per the 2012 Act shall apply. This 40-year limit is provided for in the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012. This may have implications for any appointee who has acquired pension rights in a previous public service employment.

Additional Superannuation Contribution This appointment is subject to the pension-related deduction in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009. Please note that from 1 January 2019 PRD will be replaced by an Additional Superannuation Contribution (ASC) in accordance with the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017.

Declaration Applicants will be required to declare whether they have previously availed of a public service scheme of incentivised early retirement, including schemes not specifically mentioned above. Applicants will also be required to declare any entitlements to a Public Service pension benefit (in payment or preserved) from any other Public Service employment and/or where they have received a payment-in-lieu in respect of service in any Public Service employment.

Notes: • Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all applications are received on time. Any technical difficulties encountered by the sender when submitting applications are not the responsibility of the City of Dublin ETB. Therefore candidates are strongly advised to submit applications well before the 12 noon deadline on the specified closing date. • Your application will be assessed on the information you submit. Please ensure all sections are completed fully and accurately, giving clear evidence of qualifications, skills and experience. Incomplete applications may not be considered. • City of Dublin ETB may contact the named referees and/or employers for a reference should you be called to interview. • Selection will be by the way of a competitive interview which will focus on the key skills and duties of the role and the competencies associated with roles at this level.

Completed online applications should be submitted no later than: 12 noon on Wednesday 13th March 2024

Late applications will not be accepted. Shortlisting may take place.

Canvassing will disqualify. City of Dublin Education and Training Board is an equal opportunities employer

Please see information guide for further details.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday the 13th of March 2024

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