Public Procurement and Property

Scot Careers Week: Graduate chat #1

November 8, 2022 by No Comments | Category Modern Apprenticeships, Procurement People of Tomorrow

It’s Scot Careers Week! We’re shining a light on early careers in procurement by hearing from our three new graduates in the Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate (SPPD).

This year, our Graduate Programme offers the cohort placements across different teams in SPPD. These placements will rotate offering the graduate a variety of challenges during their 2-year journey. In addition to the work they do on the placement, they will receive personalised support on their learning and development journeys via masterclasses, mentor support and networking sessions. Read on for our first graduate chat with Marcia Broadfoot…

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Marcia: Before joining the Scottish Government, I studied Business Management at Glasgow Caledonian University, where I achieved a first-class honours degree. I enjoyed studying a broad range of modules throughout my degree and as a result, I was open-minded to employment opportunities upon completion. Nevertheless, I have always had a keen interest in working for the public sector and delivering social good. I have worked in part-time jobs in both hospitality and retail, which I believe helped to grow my employability skills due to the customer facing aspect of the jobs. Outside of work, I enjoy socialising, going lots of walks with my dog (I am a massive dog person!) and travelling when I can.

Where are you now…

Marcia: I joined the SPPD as a Procurement Graduate in September 2022. I am currently on my first placement within the Collaborative Construction team (CCT) where I am assisting with the various frameworks which my team is responsible for managing.

What do you like best about your role / what are you most looking forward to about your role?

Marcia: What I like about my role is that I am gaining experience of working on procurements of significant value and I am trusted to do so. In addition, the collaborative nature of my position allows me to engage with different colleagues. I also love how focused the role is on my own learning and development and on a similar note, how supported I am generally. I am looking forward to continuing to meet people within the directorate, as well as learning about other areas of procurement in my forthcoming placements.

What have you been working on since joining SPPD / what are you going to be working on whilst in SPPD?

Marcia: Since joining the SPPD, I have been working on the evaluations for the Civil Engineering Framework, as well as the strategy for the Civil Dynamic Purchasing System Agreement.

So – what next?

Marcia: I am looking forward to starting my CIPS diploma in the months ahead – I never thought I would say this when I was at university but a (small) part of me does miss studying! At the end of the graduate programme, I hope that I will have acquired enough knowledge from the 3 placements to know the area of procurement which I enjoy the most. I would love to continue working within the SPPD throughout my career and I aspire to develop myself both personally and professionally within the Scottish Government.

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