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Assistant Director, Finance (Procurement)

Agency: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Job no.: 532153
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Accounting, Audit, Finance

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), a statutory board under the Ministry of Law since April 2001, is the lead government agency that advises on and administers intellectual property (IP) laws, promotes IP awareness and provides the infrastructure to facilitate the development of IP in Singapore.


At Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, we drive Singapore’s future economic growth with our technical expertise and global networks.  We are an innovation agency that works with others to foster a vibrant IP and innovation ecosystem where today’s ideas become tomorrow’s assets.  Our passionate and talented people engage with public agencies and enterprises to make our vision of facilitating global innovation from Singapore and through Singapore a reality. 

To achieve this, we will offer go-getting individuals a place where their talent and opinions are valued.  To succeed as an organisation, we believe in empowering individuals while working as a team of professionals with honesty and displaying integrity as core values.  We invest heavily in our people so that they get the development and exposure they need to succeed.  IPOS is a great place to work, learn and belong.

The Assistant Director, Finance (Procurement) will partner with the business to build and challenge proposals, ensuring optimisation of resources.  Fundamental to the role will be a clear understanding of ground operations, the unique and diverse needs of each department and use of management information and data analytics to drive success while being a pillar of integrity and transparency.  The Procurement Unit plays a critical role in executing the organisation’s and department’s objectives including guiding and advising departments on appropriate procurement strategies, performing procurement trend analysis and ensuring robust governance.  Key success factors include the ability to influence all levels of organization through impactful communications, passion, business partnering and collaboration. 


Reporting to the Principal Assistant Director of Finance, you will:

  1. Have a deep understanding of procurement strategies, policies and procedures and facilitate procurement activities of all departments
  2. Appreciate complexities involved in the procurement process and apply appropriate action to address situation effectively
  3. Assess submissions to ensure spending is optimised and apply specialist knowledge to conduct evaluation of proposals effectively
  4. Prepare procurement reports and undertake data analytics on procurement transactions to deliver insights on trends
  5. Champion new ideas, formulate/review procurement policy with a view to improve how procurement is done
  6. Uphold procurement governance, ensure procurement policies and guidelines are adhered to, maintain high standards of integrity and transparency throughout the value chain
  7. Conduct procurement-related education and training for officers in IPOS and its subsidiaries


Are you the one?  Please write to us if you have/are:

  1. The energy, curiosity and ambition to make a difference in an innovation agency
  2. Proactive, resilient and confident in engaging multiple stakeholders of varying seniority
  3. Demonstrated critical and independent thinking, good adaptability skills, capability to solve problems and think creatively
  4. A Degree with at least 5 years of relevant working experience; public sector experience (especially in procurement) would be an advantage.


An attractive remuneration package that commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered to the right candidate. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview.


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