Deputy Head of Procurement

Sheffield Permanent £44,263 - £56,021 per year
  • A fantastic opportunity to join Sheffield Hallam as a Deputy Head of Procurement
  • Hybrid working policy

About Our Client

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's largest and most diverse universities: a community of around 32,000 students, 4,500 staff and 295,000 alumni around the globe.

Our mission is simple: we transform lives.

We are an award-winning university, recently receiving Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework for outstanding support for student success and progression.

We provide people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed at whatever they choose to do.

As one of the UK's largest and most progressive universities, our teaching, research and partnerships are characterised by a focus on real world impact - addressing the health, economic and social challenges facing society today.

We are ambitious for our university, our students, our colleagues, our partners, our city and our region. Our vision is to be the world's leading applied university; showing what a university genuinely focused on transforming lives can achieve.

Job Description

To provide specialist knowledge, leading university-wide processes on procurement legislation, developing and implementing processes and frameworks; support the head of area to develop a commercially focused, innovative and flexible procurement strategy, team and service. To work as part of a cross-service management group, ensuring operational excellence and consistency of practice, in line with university-wide strategies, plans and priorities.

  • To lead the planning, resourcing and delivery of a consistent and professional service, ensuring customer service excellence, aligned to the University's Strategy. Ensure compliance with regulations and consider the wider implications for the University to support operational and strategic decision making.
  • Lead development and innovation; review and implement policies/ procedures and, standards for the service; analyse and interpret management information; undertake horizon scanning and incorporate customer feedback mechanisms to deliver continuous improvement.
  • Working collaboratively across professional services, to ensure consistent and high-quality service provision; lead, develop and participate in internal/external networks and communities of practice; provide influence on cross-university project/ working groups and meetings.
  • Embody the University's values both within and outside the organisation, role modelling behaviour and championing equality, diversity and inclusion. Ensure equality of opportunity and promote diversity in the provision of relevant services.
  • Create flexibility in service delivery across Professional Services to accommodate peak periods and adapt to changing demands. Support and contribute to the University's annual programme of activities, e.g. Open Days, Course Information Days, clearing, enrolment and graduation.
  • Promote and embed the culture and vision of Professional Services, demonstrating a commitment to the ongoing development of self and others
  • To provide strategic support and operational leadership, in line with the university strategy, managing the procurement of defined segments of the University's business; set standards and develop long term plans in relation to the delivery of specialist work, and ensure compliance Page 4 of 5 with relevant frameworks, regulations or legislation.

The Successful Applicant

  • Experience of leading a procurement function, contributing to strategic development of procurement across an organisation
  • Experience of leading effectively in an environment of complex regulations and procedures
  • Experience of contributing to cross-organisational projects
  • Significant experience of providing expert advice and guidance to senior managers and internal/external stakeholders to inform decision making
  • Experience of running high value, complex tender processes with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience of designing, delivering and executing a complex procurement strategy

What's on Offer

  • Basic Salary between £44,263 - £56,021
  • 25 days annual leave plus an additional 6 extra days on top of the normal 8 bank holidays for extended university closure days
  • Flexible working where possible
  • Hybrid working. The team currently work 1-2 days per week on site
  • Excellent pension scheme.
  • Childcare - We have a 74-place on-site registered nursery run by qualified and experienced staff providing childcare for children aged 6 months to 5 years. Our nursery means you can continue working secure in the knowledge that your children are being cared for in a safe, happy, relaxed and stimulating environment.
Joe Bloor
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Phone number
+44 114 270 3761

Job summary

Job function
Procurement & Supply Chain
Indirect Procurement
Public Sector
Contract type
Consultant name
Joe Bloor
Consultant phone
+44 114 270 3761
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