Category Manager - Capital Equipment & Scientific Supplies

Birmingham Permanent £34,980 - £44,263 per year
  • Fantastic opportunity to join the team at the University of Birmingham
  • Responsible for the Capital Equipment & Scientific Supplies Category

About Our Client

The University of Birmingham is one of the largest employers in the West Midlands. With over 8,000 members of staff working across a huge variety of roles, running an organisation of this size and complexity offers a challenge to rival that of any major business or public sector body.

We are the original 'redbrick' University, part of the prestigious Russell Group; our thriving student population enjoys a wide range of courses, and exceptional campus and research facilities.

The 10 Nobel Laureates we count among our staff and alumni have contributed to some of science's greatest discoveries, including in recent times the Higgs Boson and Gravitational Waves. Our research provides innovative solutions to the challenges we face in our city, our region and across the globe.

We encourage and empower people to turn ideas into reality and make important things happen.

Job Description

Our organisation is committed to excellence in research and scientific innovation. As a Procurement Category Manager, you will play a pivotal role in driving the acquisition and management of critical resources that fuel our mission for cutting-edge discoveries and advancements. As the Category Manager for Research and Scientific Supplies, you will be responsible for:

Capital Equipment: Leading the procurement strategy for state-of-the-art capital equipment crucial for our research endeavours.

Chemicals & Reagents: Managing the sourcing and supply chain for a diverse range of chemicals and reagents vital for various scientific applications.

Laboratory Consumables/Life Science Consumables: Overseeing the procurement and logistics of laboratory consumables, ensuring seamless support for ongoing research activities.

Special Research Grant-Funded Projects: Collaborating with stakeholders to manage procurement processes for projects funded by special research grants, ensuring compliance and successful project execution.

Optical Components & Opto-Mechanics, 3D Printers, Lasers, Mass Spectrometry, Microscopy, and more: Managing diverse categories of scientific equipment, staying abreast of technological advancements to provide cutting-edge solutions for our researchers.

Why Join Us:

- Be at the forefront of internationally significant research projects.

- Work in a collaborative and innovative environment.

- Contribute to groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in various scientific fields.

If you are ready to take on a challenging yet rewarding role as a Category Manager in the realm of research and scientific supplies, apply now and be a key player in shaping the future of our organisation.

The Successful Applicant

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following experience:

  • Educated to Degree level (or equivalent level qualifications), higher degree where appropriate or substantial relevant Category Manager/Procurement experience.
  • Membership of CIPS / qualified to competent level or willing to study towards
  • Knowledge, application and administration of European Union procurement procedures and regulations.
  • Ability to lead and manage diverse groups of staff through intermediate managers
  • Commercial terms and conditions of contract
  • Contractor and Supplier Relationship Management experience
  • Administration of Request for Proposal/Tendering/Evaluation and Contract Award procedures including detailed contract negotiation
  • Working with the procurement of a wide portfolio of projects.
  • Networking and influencing people.
  • IT skills including MS Word, Excel and Project and computerised procurement and management information systems.
  • Actively promotes equality and diversity to internal and external stakeholders.

What's on Offer

Salary - £34,980-£44,263 (depending on experience). In addition, you will receive a generous package of benefits including 40 days paid holiday a year, one paid day a year for volunteering, occupational sick pay, and a pension scheme. We also have three high quality subsidised day nurseries.

The University of Birmingham is proud to have been a part of the City of Birmingham and the wider region for over 100 years, and we are equally proud to be recognised as a leading global university. We want to attract talented people from across the city and beyond, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success.

We are committed to helping the people who work here to develop through our sector-leading Birmingham Professional programme which provides all professional services staff with development opportunities and the encouragement to reach their full potential. With almost 5,000 professional services jobs in a wide-range of functions in Edgbaston and in our campus in Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities for you to be able to develop your career at the University.

We believe there is no such thing as a typical member of staff and that diversity is a source of strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation, and debate. We warmly welcome people from all backgrounds and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is at the heart of who and what we are, and how we work.

Supporting our people to achieve a healthy work/life balance is important both to our employees and to the success of the University and, depending on the role, we offer a variety of flexible working arrangements. We therefore welcome discussions on all forms of flexible working.

The University is situated in leafy Edgbaston and there are excellent transport links to our beautiful campus, including main bus routes and a train station on site. On campus we have a state-of-the-art sports centre with pool, shops, places to eat and drink, our own art gallery, museum and botanical gardens.

Nicola Harper
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0161 829 0354

Job summary

Job function
Procurement & Supply Chain
Indirect Procurement
Not For Profit
Contract type
Consultant name
Nicola Harper
Consultant phone
0161 829 0354
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