Social Procurement Specialist

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

Our work supports a range of diverse portfolios and operates across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We also oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.
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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Procurement
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/100417
Closing Date: 05-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD Social Procurement Specialist v2.docx (Word, 122KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Rebekah Harris
0426 576 083

Position Details

  • $103,920 - $125,735 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Ongoing Role
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: 1 Spring Street, Melbourne (flexibility may be available)

This is a prioritised position for people with disability in accordance with the Special Measures provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic). People with disability are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given priority consideration for this role.

The position of Social Procurement Specialist forms a part of the Investment and Procurement branch within the Corporate Services group.

The Group

The Corporate Services Group actively supports Ministers and DJPR portfolio groups to create the conditions for sustainable economic development and employment growth.

The Branch

Investment and Procurement Branch provides strategic advice and professional services to the business and our Ministers, creating value by improving performance and sustainability across the DJPR portfolios in line with its objectives. 

We promote integrity and ensure policies, processes and systems align with the principles of professional standards and codes of good practice. To fulfil our role in ensuring Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions, it is imperative we are deeply networked, service-orientated and highly collaborative.

The Role

The Social Procurement Specialist, reporting to the Manager Policy and Change, is responsible for driving the social procurement reform within the Department of Jobs, Precincts, and Regions by identifying and developing opportunities for maximum social impact to deliver benefits under the Social Procurement Framework.

The Social Procurement Specialist will deliver inclusive social change through procurement. A hands-on role, the position will also work closely with a broad range of stakeholders across the department to drive tangible change in the Department in relation to social procurement uptake. The Social Procurement Specialist will equip and empower staff to achieve the Department's desired social procurement outcomes, ensuring DJPR's significant procurement expenditure is targeting social benefit suppliers whenever possible and appropriate. This goal is aligned with DJPR's overarching strategic objectives of creating more jobs for more people, creating thriving places and regions and building inclusive communities.

The successful applicant will be passionate about implementing social procurement initiatives and will be confident in establishing, building, and maintaining positive working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. This will include internal stakeholders within DJPR as well as external stakeholders, such as senior leaders and representatives of social benefit suppliers and industry groups. The Social Procurement Specialist will act as a pivotal point of contact with internal and external stakeholders to ensure positive social procurement outcomes for the Department and will also be skilled at developing and delivering audience-appropriate training and communications to various audiences, both large and small.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will need demonstrated project management experience and well-developed leadership, communication and influencing skills. The Social Procurement Specialist must be comfortable establishing new work plans and processes and have a strong understanding of Victorian Government economic and social policy processes. Experience with data analysis and reporting in relation to the Victorian Government Social Procurement Framework would also be beneficial.

As a member of the Procurement Centre at DJPR, you will have the opportunity to contribute to initiatives that make a meaningful difference to Victoria and build your skills and exposure across the Department and Victorian Public Service.

We strongly encourage diverse candidates and those with lived experience to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from multicultural backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ and people with disabilities.

Are you?

Seeking an opportunity to learn, grow and achieve?

Looking for a challenge, variety and flexibility?

Enthusiastic and self-motivated?

For a confidential discussion, please call Rebekah Harris, Manager Policy and Change on 0426 576 083.

Applicants will be required to comply with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Region's (department's) COVID-19 Vaccination requirements, in line with the Chief Health Officer (CHO) Directions and any other legislative requirements, directions, policies or procedures, including but not limited to any requirement to provide evidence of vaccination status.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department. To be eligible for this position you must hold the mandatory qualification as outlined in the position description. For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter.

Applications close at midnight on 5 October 2022.


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