Deputy Director, Supply Chain Management – Kenya Institute of Supplies Management

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Kenya Institute of Supplies Management

The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM), established through the Supplies Practitioners Management Act (SPMA) 2007, is a corporate body mandated to train, register, and license supplies practitioners while regulating their practice. As the National body for Procurement and Supply Chain Professionals in Kenya’s private and public sectors, KISM is seeking a competent and performance-oriented individual to fill the position of Deputy Director, Supply Chain Management (Job Grade: KISM 3).

Job Summary

As the Deputy Director of Supply Chain Management, you will be responsible for planning, coordinating, organizing, and overseeing all activities related to the identification, acquisition, production, and distribution of goods and services at KISM.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Your key responsibilities will include:

  1. Supply Chain Policies: Overseeing the development, implementation, and review of supply chain management policies, strategies, and programs.
  2. Procurement: Managing the procurement of goods, services, and works.
  3. General Supplies: Handling the distribution of general supplies.
  4. Compliance: Ensuring compliance with the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act 2015 and government regulations related to supply chain management activities.
  5. Asset Disposal: Facilitating the disposal of obsolete stores and equipment.
  6. Market Surveys: Overseeing market surveys and research.
  7. Reporting: Ensuring timely submission of quarterly reports to the National Treasury and Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

Person Specifications

To be eligible for this role, you must have:

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Purchasing and Supplies Management, Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Contract Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics Management, or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  2. Master’s Degree: Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Business Administration (Purchasing and Supplies), or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  3. Professional Certification: CPSP-K or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  4. KISM Membership: Valid KISM Membership with a current practicing license.
  5. Computer Skills: Proficiency in computer applications.
  6. Work Experience: Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience, with at least four (4) years at a management level in a comparable organization.
  7. Management Course: Completion of a management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution.
  8. Competence: Demonstrated professional competence and administrative capability as reflected in work performance and results.
  9. Leadership and Integrity: Meeting the expectations of Chapter 6 on Leadership and Integrity.

Skills and Competencies

The successful candidate should possess the following skills:

  1. Leadership and Integrity: Demonstrating leadership qualities with high integrity.
  2. Communication: Effective communication skills.
  3. Customer Service: Focus on providing excellent customer service.
  4. Strategic Thinking: Ability to think at a strategic level.
  5. Change Management: Capability to drive and manage change and transformation.
  6. Management Skills: Strong managerial skills.
  7. Analytical Thinking: Ability to analyze and make informed decisions.
  8. Adaptability: Flexibility and adaptability.
  9. Innovation: Demonstrating innovative and creative thinking.

How to Apply

Qualified and interested candidates may apply online, indicating the job title and the reference number. Address your application letter to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Kenya Institute of Supplies Management

KISM Tower 12th Floor, Ngong Road

P. O. Box 30400-00100, Nairobi


Candidates must attach scanned copies of their CV with full details of educational background, professional qualifications, and copies of all relevant documents/testimonials. During formal interviews, shortlisted candidates must produce the originals of all scanned documents.

Applications MUST be submitted online via email to and should reach the Institute on or before midnight (12:00) on Friday 11th August 2023. All applicants MUST submit a filled KISM job application form accessible through this link: KISM Job Application Form.

KISM is an equal opportunity employer. Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant

Here are some helpful tips to increase your chances of success:

  1. Match Your Skills: Ensure your qualifications and experience align with the job requirements stated in the vacancy.
  2. Highlight Leadership: Emphasize your leadership skills and commitment to high integrity in your application and during the interview.
  3. Effective Communication: Demonstrate strong communication skills both in your application and during the interview process.
  4. Customer-Centric Approach: Showcase your focus on providing exceptional customer service in your previous roles.
  5. Strategic Thinking: Discuss your ability to think strategically and contribute to the organization’s long-term goals.
  6. Adaptability: Highlight your adaptability and flexibility to handle different challenges in a dynamic environment.
  7. Innovation: Showcase your creative thinking and innovative approaches to problem-solving.
  8. Prepare Thoroughly: Familiarize yourself with KISM’s mission, vision, and values to show genuine interest during interviews.

We look forward to receiving your application and wish you the best of luck in your job search!

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