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Procurement Manager

A fantastic opportunity for a Procurement Manager to join a leading academic institution based in Hatfield with a salary up to £45,000. This procurement management position has been created due to recent movement within the team. The procurement manager will sit in the procurement business team with a large amount of scope and range of project exposure available.

Candidates will have previous experience within regulated procurement environments at a procurement manager, category manager, purchasing manager, senior buyer, procurement specialist, or procurement officer level.

Role responsibilities of the Procurement Manager include:

  • Pursue procurement excellence and value for money through the implementation of professional, efficient and effective procurement processes to achieve University strategic goals.
  • Define, develop and lead a defined portfolio of sourcing categories as determined by the Head of Procurement. The category scope or projects may be subject to change overtime due to the diverse nature of fulfilling University needs.
  • Undertake the full tender and due diligence process including appraisals for potential suppliers, commercial evaluation, negotiation for high value, contentious or strategic contract award, risk register recording, business continuity management, contract creation with service deliverables.
  • Manage and monitor all contracts that the post holder is responsible for including accurate information presented within the electronic contract management system, management information analysed, key performance indicators assessed, and service level agreement adherence.
  • Full engagement to procurement strategies, continuous improvement and Responsible Procurement.
  • Build effective collaborative relationships with stakeholders to promote a responsive, agile and professional department.
  • To manage the Purchasing Officer or System Administration Officer (to be determined) including;
    • Excellent people management, appointment, probation, appraisal, development, promotion and progression, review of performance according to policies and procedures agreed by the University.
    • Maintenance of records of staff development activities.
    • Oversight and monitoring of staff workloads in order to ensure an equitable distribution of staff loadings across the staff group and the most effective use of staff resources.
    • Ensuring talented staff in the groups are recognised, rewarded and retained so ensuring that suitable succession plans are in place.
    • Identifying achievable equality goals.

  • Manage procedures and processes to comply with UPR's and PCRs.
  • Remain up to date on legislation, regulations, industry best practice, and any other relevant guidelines.
  • Potential supplier identification, selection and qualification which may include vendor audits and to act as the focal point for Supplier Relationship Management.
  • Provide expertise and guidance in best procurement practise to colleagues within procurement department and University group.
  • Ensure professional business facing documentation is achieved for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Produce and present reports to support Audit, Corporate Governance, Freedom of Information Act, Grant Funding, Office for Students (OfS) and business needs.

Person Specification of the Procurement Manager:


  • Proven substantial experience in a procurement function in either a public sector or commercial environment covering a broad spectrum of business requirements
  • Significant experience in tendering preparation, analysis, and contract award across a broad range of commodities and services
  • Track record in identifying opportunities in complex organisations to achieve continuous improvement and procurement targets
  • Proven experience of contract management for service delivery and contractor performance
  • Experience in effective stakeholder and project management
  • Experience of managing staff or small teams to support staff development and performance
  • Experience in dealing with FOIA requests
  • Experience of working within a Higher Education or public sector environment

Skills and attributes

  • Demonstrable understanding of legislative and regulatory requirements in respect of tendering through the Public Contracts Regulations and Consortia Frameworks
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Responsible Procurement
  • Proficient in the use of e-tendering & e-procurement systems and processes
  • Strong commitment to commercial acumen and understanding of market dynamics
  • Negotiation skills to ensure value for money, legal and financial risk management
  • Ability to understand business objectives and develop innovative solutions to achieve objectives
  • Highly numerate to interpret large data sets
  • Attention to detail and IT Skills
  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behaviour to deal with sensitive material in strict confidentiality
  • Good communicator with an ability to engage professionally with all levels of staff within the University and individuals external to the institution
  • Able to deliver customer service excellence on a day to day basis


Up to £45k

This role will be well suited to you if you have held a role within procurement as a procurement manager, category manager, purchasing manager, senior buyer, procurement officer, or procurement specialist.