Senior Procurement Manager- Capital Research Equipment

Warwick Permanent £59,000 - £59,395 per year
  • A fantastic opportunity with numerous public sector benefits
  • Offers agile/hybrid working approach

About Our Client

As one of the UK's top ten universities, and one of the top 100 in the world - the only UK university of its generation to achieve such progress - it is our responsibility to bring together our unique strengths of academic excellence, industrial partnerships, creativity and enterprise to plan with confidence for a more impactful future.

Notwithstanding our excellent progress, we cannot be satisfied by standing still. Our aim is to be even more successful in 2030 than we are today, as one of the world's exceptional universities, by focusing on supporting our talented staff and students, and giving them the freedom and best environments in which to flourish. In so doing, we will remain committed to development in all our faculties, looking at rebalancing where appropriate.

Key goals underpinning the University's vision:

  1. Foster a culture of innovation.
  2. Facilitate a more inclusive environment for staff and students.
  3. Commit to a shared regional leadership, to enhance our local area.
  4. Grow our global networks, engagement and influence.
  5. Focus on sustainability in research, education, and our campus operations.

The University of Warwick offers a diverse, exciting, and rewarding procurement environment, opportunities for personal development and to make a real contribution to the organisation.

Job Description

The Central Procurement team is looking to recruit an experienced and passionate Senior Procurement Manager to lead the capital research equipment category, to design and deliver best value contracts and continuous improvement solutions. Leveraging various policies and procedures the Procurement Manager will work closely with Senior stakeholders across the University to deliver strategic and agile Procurement solutions. As a Senior Procurement manager you will lead, plan and develop strategies to deliver an extensive research equipment programme, this role directly supports the Universities position as a leading Russell group university. This post reports into the Head of Procurement departmental Services.

The Procurement team at the University of Warwick sits under the Finance department, providing dedicated Procurement support to key University departments such as WMG, RTP, Physics and Engineering. The Procurement department is passionate when delivering procurement and has delivered key contributions to research projects at this University, some recent projects that we have delivered include the vehicle battery production line for UKBIC and the research track and vehicle for CVLR, the capital research equipment programme mainly consists of purchasing research equipment from the value of £100k to £2m per project, consisting of anything from Microscopes and Mass Spectrometers to battery Chambers and Cyclers. This research equipment is mainly externally funded and needs purchasing to strict spend deadlines.

The Successful Applicant

  • Will relish operating within a complex organisational environment, will be dynamic and will build effective relationships with colleagues and suppliers.
  • Will require excellent project management skills to manage a high volume of projects to very strict deadlines
  • Has experience managing a defined portfolio of spend, developing and undertaking category strategies to deliver best value and continuous improvement solutions.
  • Will understand market dynamics and cost drivers and have experience of undertaking a range of sourcing activities including formal tenders and sourcing competitions.
  • Will be a keen negotiator with strong contract management experience to ensure full benefits realisation and robust supplier management.
  • Possesses excellent communication, planning and organisational skills and the ability to foster effective and collaborative relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Has a proven track record of contributing to the delivery of an efficient, responsive and value generating Procurement service.
  • Will be able to work effectively within a framework of robust procurement, regulatory and audit procedures.

What's on Offer

  • £50,585-£59,395 (Includes £5,000 non-pensionable market supplement p.a.)
  • Generous annual leave allowance including Christmas closure and 30 days of paid annual leave.
  • An attractive pension scheme (USS) Pensions (
  • Access to exceptional facilities including a world class Sports and Well-being Hub, Ofsted rated Outstanding (2016) Nursery and the region's leading cultural venue Warwick Arts Centre (fees apply).
  • Wider Finance Office briefings, sector networks and training where appropriate.
  • Hybrid working: a minimum 60% in-office working with optional 40% remote
    working and subject to wider Finance Office working practices. (In-office days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).

The role is advertised full time (36.5 hours per week) however we would consider applications from individuals interested in working part time hours (a minimum of 30 hours), subject to operational needs. If you are seeking to work part time, please state your minimum and maximum hours (which may be the same) when you apply.

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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