Sarah Lees

Sarah Lees

Procurement Coordinator

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I have been involved with procurement for over 25 years and like most professionals in this career, procurement found me. My career has been varied and full of challenges but I have enjoyed all of it, even the negative experiences. I have worked in many categories of industry including State Government, Mining and Resources, global and local private companies which has enabled furthering of my skills, knowledge and confidence to drive proficiencies and achievements in procurement, supply chain and contract management. My greatest accomplishment to date, other than the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup – again, has been mentoring others to achieve their goals and drawing on my experience to advice others to undertake procurement. I try to involve myself in many network opportunities such as my recent appointment as Executive Representative to Council for the South East Queensland Procurement Network to drive the Networks input and inclusion in decisions that will effect Council procurement. Currently, I’m working with a great team at Lockyer Valley Regional Council achieving improvements in stakeholder engagement, encouraging local businesses and best practice contracting and procurement and I’m looking forward to many more years leading and coordinating procurement with LVRC.

* Highly experience Specialist Procurement and Supply Chain Professional with a strong track record of delivering projected outcomes for projects under my portfolio.
*Excellent skills in maintaining contractual relationships and encouraging new suppliers to apply for compliance.
*High levels of accuracy in generating quality reporting for local business management.
*Expertise in developing tendering, RFQs, EOIs, evaluations and awarding of contracts.
*Experienced in developing, implementing and managing contracts, providing logistical support, training and forums for supplier/contractor interaction with Stakeholders.
*Strong customer service ethic and excellent team player and proven ability to work autonomously.

COMPANY NAME: Lockyer Valley Regional Council

JOB TITLE: Procurement Coordinator

FUNCTION: Procurement

INDUSTRY: Government & Public Sector

CATEGORY: HR - Generalist



Work experience

Procurement Coordinator

Lockyer Valley Regional Council

March 2014 - Present | Gatton, Australia

Accountable for providing procurement, purchasing, contract and supply-chain management activities, to ensure the needs of the Council are met in a cost effective and timely manner.

Lead the development and implementation of a strategic procurement system and for the effective execution and management of purchasing requirements through a Central Buying Team across council.

Supply Chain Management – Senior Buyer

ABB Australia Pty Ltd

July 2012 - December 2013 ( 1 year, 5 months ) | Darra, Australia

*The tracking and recording of all purchase orders/order acknowledgements relating to projects within Australia,
*source/liaise with ABB suppliers to ensure contractual relationships are maintained,
*engage new suppliers to apply for compliance and emerging market suppliers,
*driving assessments to current suppliers/contractors,
*provide accurate and quality reporting for local and global business management,
*reporting and generating cost savings for Power Systems Nationally,
*Providing advice and driving strategies for the procurement processes in areas of tendering, RFQs, EOIs, evaluations and contract awarding,
*Develop, implement and manage contracts, logistical support, and forums for supplier/contractor interaction with ABB,
*Ensure ABBs compliance with our customers’ requirements while providing assurance for ABB.

Senior Procurement Officer

Ausenco Services Pty Ltd

November 2011 - March 2012 ( 4 months ) | Brisbane Qld

*Negotiate, manage and liaising with Rio Tinto and the supplier to ensure contractual relationships were maintained;
*Facilitate the development, implementation and compliance with contracts relating to the successful completion of manufacture, QA testing, delivery to site and the installation on site of equipment and/or services,
*providing authoritative, professional advice and package reporting to staff and managers,
*Actioning of requests for variations to scope, engineering specifications, progress reporting, and extensions of time and/or budgetary changes.
*analyse package strategies and implement quality improvement to mitigate risk

Achievements: Development and implementation of procedures; Tracking of Variations between RIO Tinto and Ausenco; Plotting and graphing of strategic milestones (delivery schedules).

Principal Procurement Officer

Arts Queensland, Department of Premiers and Cabinet

May 2011 - November 2011 ( 6 months ) | Brisbane Qld

*Provided authoritative and professional advice to staff, managers and executives across a range of issues including contract development and management, strategic requirements and offer evaluation and facilities management.
*Implemented procedures for planning, reporting, performance measures, in-house training and compliance processes in line with the requirements of the State Procurement Policy of Queensland. analyse strategies and approach to supply markets for cost effective solutions,
*Implemented quality improvement to mitigate risks which ensured minimum disruption to the daily operation of the facilities in and around Southbank.

Achievements: Review, develop and implementation of Arts Queensland Procurement Manual and
Templates; Achieved compliance and governance of procurement reporting, Managed development of Services Maintenance Contract – Facilities & Property for the public facilities at Southbank, Delivery of Arts Queensland Procurement Awareness training



Private and public experience of Everything

1998 - 2015

Other than a formal Certificate from Queensland Chief Procurement Office for Strategic and Advanced Procurement most of my experience has come from many different positions within different industries. ICT, Pathology, Health, Transport, Electrical, Mining, Consulting/Contracting, Supply Chain and Logistics. I had the good fortune to learn on the job from some great people who wanted to share their skills and knowledge with me and I hope I have done them all justice.

Local Government Association of Queensland

Diploma of Government Administration (Goverance & Administration)

2014 - 2014

LGA50104 Diploma in Local Government Administration (Governance & Administration)
*Identify key elements of governance in council
*Recognise effective consultation processes and methods
*Better understand budget preparation in council and compliance
*Review HR policy and procedures within council
*Assist in preparation and review of corporate plan

Local Governement Association of Queensland

Diploma of BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management

2017 - 2017

Diploma of Leadership and Management reflects the role of individuals who apply knowledge, practical skills and experience in leadership and management across a range of enterprise and industry contexts.
* Managing teams
* Manage performance
* Organisational Planning & Finance
* Emotional Intelligence
* Manage Relationships
* Workplace Health & Safety