Director of Acquisition

NATO Communications and Information Agency
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    May 16

Position description

NATO Body: NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Schedule: Full-time
Salary (Pay Basis): 10,729.95 Euro (EUR) Monthly
Grade: A.6


NATO offers you more than a job. It gives you the opportunity to work in an international environment with a mission to build peace and security for one billion people in Europe and North America. Come and join the NATO Communications & Information Agency, the organisation who is leading NATO’s Digital Endeavour. We are NATO’s technology and cyber leaders, helping NATO Nations to communicate and work together in smarter ways. Our work is challenging and meaningful, and you will develop and apply your expertise as part of a dynamic international team of civilian and military professionals. Be part of the most successful alliance in history.

Based at our Brussels office, on a 3-year contract you will supervise the Acquisition team of about 70 professionals involved in complex acquisition and software intensive projects. Under your guidance and leadership, the team is responsible for interacting with NATO Committees and Industry of 29 NATO nations on all procurement procedures and contractual issues. In addition to the Contracting Office headed by a Chief of Contracts, you will supervise a Cost Estimate and Analysis Office and an Integrated Logistics Support Office, mainly located in Belgium and The Netherlands.

As an expert in your field, you will represent the Agency and advise the General Manager on all aspects of acquisition services in support of NATO’s digital endeavor. You are expected to operate with the upmost integrity, delivering a high quality, fair and efficient procurement process. The Director of Acquisition (DACQ) acts as primary POC with NATO resource community and committees and it is the principal interface to industries. A promoter in enforcing the Agency default strategy of competitive bidding, you will provide direction and guidance to the Agency Acquisition functions at the geographically dispersed locations.

Role responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain the processes involved with the management of resources needed to successfully deliver the Agency’s acquisition projects;
  • Develop and ensure the application of state-of-the-art acquisition processes and practices;
  • Execute procurement procedures to meet NATO requirements; including facilitating the approval of new policies through the resource committees;
  • Ensure unbiased, objective and high integrity procurements activities are delivered at all times, interfacing with all NATO bodies as required;
  • As Chair of the NCIA Contracts Award Board, ensure proper execution of procedures in all source selections;
  • Lead executive level relations with NATO nations and their industry partners contributing to NATO acquisitions;
  • Take ownership of the professional contracting competence and execute development, training to maintain high standards across all acquisition activities;
  • Participate in Agency governance and contribute to the development of policies, strategy and directives;
  • Maintain industry relations in order to identify opportunities and gain market insight of technological developments and acquisition best practices.

Qualification & experience required

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline at a nationally recognised/certified University supplemented by relevant postgraduate qualifications;
  • 15 years’ experience in a senior NATO, national or relevant industry related appointment;
  • Knowledge and experience of development, management, acquisition and/or implementation of major communications, computer, command and control, or intelligence (C4I) systems or programmes;
  • Extensive knowledge of procurement processes including cost estimating and analysis, facilities engineering and quality control;
  • Proven track record of establishing and sustaining change in complex organizational environments, in particular in the area of procurement;
  • Demonstrable executive management level experience, specifically developing and implementing strategic Acquisition programmes;
  • Experience in managing large and diverse teams and knowledge of NATO responsibilities and organization;
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, able to adapt to different audiences and present clear, articulate information effectively;
  • Knowledge of English, both written and spoken, is essential and some knowledge of French is desirable..

Competencies required:

  • High Ethical Standards;
  • Leading and Supervising;
  • Persuading and Influencing;
  • Presenting and Communicating Information;
  • Analysing;
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts;
  • Entrepreneurial and Commercial Thinking.

What do we offer?

  • Highly competitive salary (tax-free), including (where eligible) expatriation household and children's allowances and additional privileges for expatriate staff;
  • Education allowance for children (where appropriate) and an excellent private health insurance scheme;
  • Annual leave and home leave (if eligible);
  • Retirement Pension Plan.

Application instructions

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