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Office Of Government Procurement (OGP)

  • 04-12-2017 1:21pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 34 Kigera


    Hi all,

    There were alot of jobs advertised recently in the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), and it appears they have set up large panels for a number of positions. I am led to believe that the OGP is hemerging staff since it was set up 3/4 years ago. Does anybody have any information on this? Why are so many staff leaving? What is it like to work in the OGP?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15 ✭✭✭ Soquest


    Hi, I have just been through the interview process and am on a panel for a position in OGP. Would be very interested to hear more about this as I don't have much information and they seem to be structured quite differently to other departments. I have no contacts with any information to help your query though. Have you applied to the roles?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5 ✭✭✭ Boutye?


    Did either of you hear anything further about this? I’m on the panel and I’ve been offered a role. I’m thinking about leaving a good job and accepting it but now you have me worried reading this 😬
    Any details would be appreciated or any contacts in there already.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,005 ✭✭✭ Green farmer


    Any body end up working in the procurement office ? I'm Interested in a role they advertised recently. Thanks in advance


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 Space2020


    Any body end up working in the procurement office ? I'm Interested in a role they advertised recently. Thanks in advance

    I did and would recommend. It’s a great place to work. Are you in the running for CM?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 Space2020


    Any body end up working in the procurement office ? I'm Interested in a role they advertised recently. Thanks in advance

    I did and would recommend. It’s a great place to work. Are you in the running for CM?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,005 ✭✭✭ Green farmer


    Space2020 wrote: »
    I did and would recommend. It’s a great place to work. Are you in the running for CM?

    I applied for a category specialist role.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 Space2020


    I applied for a category specialist role.

    Good grade to start, salary better than general EO grade in civil service and opportunity to progress after a year or two.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8 ✭✭✭ clarelnk


    hey green farmer, did you get the emails today about the online interview?
    Just wondering do you have a copy of the candidate information booklet? the link in the attachment brings up a hr role and i deleted my copy stupidly!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 28 DarceyEllie


    Hello,
    Any info on category specialist within the OGP 2020 would be appreciated?
    I have been called for a video interiew.

    cheers


  • Registered Users Posts: 22 dazzler101


    Hello,
    Any info on category specialist within the OGP 2020 would be appreciated?
    I have been called for a video interiew.

    cheers

    Hi,

    I have too, going to do the video interview tonight, did you do it yet?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭ italodisco


    Hello,
    Any info on category specialist within the OGP 2020 would be appreciated?
    I have been called for a video interiew.

    cheers

    Did you do it, I did it.

    I worked in a procurement role in another department for 5 years, seems that the category specialist role competencies were basically that of executive officer just adding in how your background has you ready for a technical role like this one.

    Do you have a procurement background? I know 2 others who went for it last time round, without a procurement background but a supply chain background. 1 of them got placed high and was offered the job but got an AP role that she took instead.

    I can't imagine a huge amount going for this, not exactly the kinda role many would have experience for, fingers crossed!!!

    Best of luck to you, hope it went well!


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ Kamu


    Myself and a friend applied for the role.

    Neither of us have prior experience in procurement, but i'm an EO at the moment and have a Finance degree.

    I only really applied for experience with applications/interviews etc.

    I won't have time to do it until tomorrow, though.

    My expectation is that anyone with experience in the field will be placed higher/get the role ahead of myself and my friend.

    But if you don't go for the roles, you can't get them!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭ italodisco


    Kamu wrote: »
    Myself and a friend applied for the role.

    Neither of us have prior experience in procurement, but i'm an EO at the moment and have a Finance degree.

    I only really applied for experience with applications/interviews etc.

    I won't have time to do it until tomorrow, though.

    My expectation is that anyone with experience in the field will be placed higher/get the role ahead of myself and my friend.

    But if you don't go for the roles, you can't get them!

    Not true at all, I've spoken to a category specialist regarding this and he said that alot of the new starters the last 2 years have no procurement background.

    You might ace the interview!!

    I'm in a unit now that issues grants and to say its boring is an understatement.

    From what I here the OGP is very modern, professional and more like the private sector in its ways. Honestly, I'd much prefer that. I'm just decomposing in my current role

    I hope you do great


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ Kamu


    italodisco wrote: »
    Not true at all, I've spoken to a category specialist regarding this and he said that alot of the new starters the last 2 years have no procurement background.

    You might ace the interview!!

    I'm in a unit now that issues grants and to say its boring is an understatement.

    From what I here the OGP is very modern, professional and more like the private sector in its ways. Honestly, I'd much prefer that. I'm just decomposing in my current role

    I hope you do great

    Thank you very much for the encouragement. I hope what you heard about the OGP is true, as I am also in a similar unit doing paper processing onto our system and I daydream while doing it to keep me sane. Hahah.

    I hope you smash the interview too!


  • Registered Users Posts: 28 DarceyEllie


    Good Morning, thank you all so much for replying to the email.
    Yes, I did the video interview and to be honest, i absolutley hate looking or recording myself on camera, i had a lot of Emmm's etc awful.... My information was good though as i have a lot of experience in Procurement all private sector.
    Fingers crossed, i would love this as currently contracting so would like sometihing a bit more permanent. Fingers crossed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ Kamu


    Good Morning, thank you all so much for replying to the email.
    Yes, I did the video interview and to be honest, i absolutley hate looking or recording myself on camera, i had a lot of Emmm's etc awful.... My information was good though as i have a lot of experience in Procurement all private sector.
    Fingers crossed, i would love this as currently contracting so would like sometihing a bit more permanent. Fingers crossed.

    Wish you all the best Ellie!


  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ Mikefitzs


    I completed the video interview yesterday. I found it really strange having to interview myself lol. I'm in the civil service at present but have a background in facilities management and running my own business so I'm hopeful I've a shot. Is there a lot of red tape working in this type of role in public sector I wonder? I'd say there'll be very little to spend after Covid.
    Wonder are there many places in Limerick, anyone apply for there?

    Good luck everyone who did the interview.


  • Registered Users Posts: 558 ✭✭✭ weadick


    Wonder how long before we hear back on the video interview...


  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ Mikefitzs


    weadick wrote: »
    Wonder how long before we hear back on the video interview...
    Who knows. Hoping to hear before end of the month but it doesn’t bother me that much, happy enough where I am (except for the money).


  • Registered Users Posts: 7 ✭✭✭ Guitar Johnny


    weadick wrote: »
    Wonder how long before we hear back on the video interview...

    Id be guessing we should be hearing this week... Hopefully


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  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ Mikefitzs


    Anyone hear anything at all on this?


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ Kamu


    Mikefitzs wrote: »
    Anyone hear anything at all on this?

    No, nothing at all.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28 DarceyEllie


    Kamu wrote: »
    No, nothing at all.

    No I didn't hear anything either.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭ italodisco


    A guy I work with went for it, says he rang pas 2 weeks ago and they said we would hear back mid August

    Jesus they are dragging it out


  • Registered Users Posts: 558 ✭✭✭ weadick


    I heard next week for results


  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ Mikefitzs


    Gutted, message this evening from PAS. “This was a highly competitive selection process and while you reached the qualifying standard, unfortunately you did not achieve a total score high enough to be part of the smaller group being invited to Final interview at this stage of the process”.
    Good luck to those who got invited to last round.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭ italodisco


    Mikefitzs wrote: »
    Gutted, message this evening from PAS. “This was a highly competitive selection process and while you reached the qualifying standard, unfortunately you did not achieve a total score high enough to be part of the smaller group being invited to Final interview at this stage of the process”.
    Good luck to those who got invited to last round.

    I got the same, but all hope is not lost.


    They are interviewing 25 people first, there's no guarantee they will all pass the interview. Many people would have done well talking to the camera with nobody on the other end, when it comes to being questioned by people in the next round they might mess up. I can confidently say not even half of them will do well.

    There's also a big demand for category specialist now so alot of positions to fill, and then many of the current specialists will go for category specialist higher which is live at the mo so there may be more spaces free after that.

    You can always email them and ask them where you placed overall


  • Registered Users Posts: 558 ✭✭✭ weadick


    Mikefitzs wrote: »
    Gutted, message this evening from PAS. “This was a highly competitive selection process and while you reached the qualifying standard, unfortunately you did not achieve a total score high enough to be part of the smaller group being invited to Final interview at this stage of the process”.
    Good luck to those who got invited to last round.


    I got the same email...similarly dissapointed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭ italodisco


    weadick wrote: »
    I got the same email...similarly dissapointed.

    Come on chin up, think about all those who aced it because they weren't being Interviewed.

    How many of them will be so confident and hit the competencies all over again so we'll with 3 people at the other end quizzing them??

    We have a chance, might not be now, could be before Christmas, maybe early next year but it's not over.

    As far as I know this will be similar like the eo panels and they will call in another batch for the ogp next demand for category specialist.

    I'd say if you finished in top 60 you've a great chance


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  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ Mikefitzs


    italodisco wrote: »
    I got the same, but all hope is not lost.


    They are interviewing 25 people first, there's no guarantee they will all pass the interview. Many people would have done well talking to the camera with nobody on the other end, when it comes to being questioned by people in the next round they might mess up. I can confidently say not even half of them will do well.

    There's also a big demand for category specialist now so alot of positions to fill, and then many of the current specialists will go for category specialist higher which is live at the mo so there may be more spaces free after that.

    You can always email them and ask them where you placed overall

    Email sent asking what position I achieved. Hopefully they don’t take weeks to reply, I’d love to know. I thought I did excellent on the video interview but hey, we all know what happened to thought lol


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