Find out more about ESPO's Procurement & Compliance Practice Manager Toni Boudraa

Published on 12/05/2016

Toni Boudraa, talks about how her role helps support in ensuring best practice in ESPO’s procurement solutions.

Describe the main responsibilities of your role.

My role of Practice Manager within Procurement and Compliance includes administration of pre-procurement and contract award panels; administration of key internal groups (such as standard procurement processes and procedures); being involved in the development and drafting of policy and procedure; coordinating and maintaining the updating of the Procurement and Compliance intranet site.

I coordinate audits for the Division and FOI (Freedom of Information) requests and provide general support and input on various other initiatives as required. I also am involved in the coordination and arrangements for delivery of various procurement training events.

How does your average day start?

Every day starts with my prioritisation of jobs to meet deadlines that I have every week (both set in the diary as reoccurring each week and other deadlines that can change each week).

What is your favourite part of your job?

I enjoy being in a position where I have a clearly defined role that I am responsible for. And I very much enjoy the interaction that my role provides with colleagues every day.

What is the most fulfilling part of your role?

I think I am fortunate in that I have a role where everything that I do supports others in progressing work forward and I find this fulfilling as there is purpose to what I am doing.

What is the most difficult part of your job?

I do not see tasks as difficult so much as some things take longer than others and may require more thinking about. After thirty years plus in the public sector you gain the experience and ability to simply see most things through to delivery.

What do you feel are the key skills needed to be successful in your role?

The ability to communicate, especially the ability to listen, interpret and summarise what is actually being communicated. I also believe the ability to think strategically, be extremely organised and to be able to make decisions for yourself plays a key part in this role. Although not essential, I do think that a procurement background is advantageous. I was a senior buyer for a number of years and being able to call on this experience has been beneficial to the role.

How and why did you get started in the profession?

I gained a BA Hons in Public Sector Studies and since then I have always worked in the public sector. I have always believed in the necessity for the provision of quality services to the general public.

What advice would you give someone who wants to progress to your position?

Take everything that comes your way each day as part of the job; experience, learn from others and the situations that you encounter.

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