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BuyAbility Business Manager, QLD & NT

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Organisation : National Disability Services

Location : Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Queensland Region

Work Type : Contract/Temporary

Sector : Disabilities

Salary Type : Annual Package

Application Closing Date : 10 Dec, 2017

About the Role

An opportunity exists for a seasoned and entrepreneurial business development manager to formulate and implement strategies that increase purchasing of goods and services from ADEs within Queensland and the Northern Territory.

This will be done by rolling out NDS’s successful BuyAbility Procurement service into Queensland and the Northern Territory through the development of key relationships within government (Federal, State and Local), private sector and ADEs.


Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships with government, private and not for profit sectors, based on a strong grasp of the procurement planning of government agencies and other business entities;
  • Build relationships with key associations and industry contacts, e.g., Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Procurement and Supply Australasia (PASA), Local Government Association of Queensland;
  • Develop and execute a QLD/NT BuyAbility Procurement strategic business plan;
  • Achieve ambitious but realistic sales budgets for the marketing of ADE goods and services through the BuyAbility Procurement’s service;
  • Develop and implement strategies and actions to maximise the engagement by ADEs, either individually, or as consortia, in delivering goods and services to government and enterprises;
  • Develop and implement strategies and actions for the representation of ADEs to prospective purchasers;
  • Develop and implement strategies and actions to build capacity within the sector to respond to purchasing requirements through social enterprise arrangements and business development of ADEs;
  • Responsibility for QLD/NT BuyAbility Procurement’s contract and financial management;
  • Close day to day working relationship with NDS State Manager Queensland;
  • Other key relationships within NDS include State Manager NT, Accounts, the Contract Manager, the Relationship & Contracts Manager and other staff as required;
     Report regularly on project outcomes and finances;
     Maintain records to support reporting and grant acquittal requirements;
     Other duties as required.


Key Attributes:
1. Excellent relationship-building and influencing skills, with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with industry and government executives and managers;
2. Success in a commercial environment, including experience in analysing emerging product/service opportunities, sales and/or buying roles;
3. High level corporate or government relationship sales and account management expertise;
4. Entrepreneurial skills to identify potential business opportunities which could transition to ADEs;
5. Demonstrable record of achieving sales revenue and profit targets;
6. Demonstrable ability of working independently to build strong sales pipelines;
7. Demonstrated project management skills and the capacity to meet milestones and deadlines;
8. Familiarity with government procurement processes;
9. A thorough understanding of commercial finance principles and supply chain fundamentals;
10. Highly-developed written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write clear and accurate reports as well as to present effectively to industry and government audiences;
11. Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office Suite; and
12. Independent travel capability to travel as required.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : National Disability Services

NDS is the national industry association for disability services, representing approximately 1,200 non-government organisations. Collectively, our members operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability. NDS’s members range in size from small support groups to large multi-service organisations and are located in every State and Territory across Australia.

NDS promotes the full inclusion of people with disability and this commitment is outlined in our Disability Action Plan (DAP).

Employment opportunities for people with disability is a cornerstone strategy of the disability sector and government policy and is in an exciting growth phase.

NDS’s highly successful BuyAbility Procurement service (previously the Disability Enterprise Procurement (DEP) program) aims to reduce the high rates of unemployment and under-employment of people with disability, by marketing the goods and services produced by Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to government agencies and the private sector. Through BuyAbility Procurement, NDS identifies opportunities and negotiates contracts for the goods and services produced by ADEs and then acts as a contract manager on behalf of the client.

Recently NDS was awarded funding by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to allow for national expansion. Funding has been secured for 2 years with a goal to make the program self-funded by April 2019.

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Please quote in application: BuyAbility Business Manager, QLD & NT via Pro Bono Australia.


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