Purpose of the role

  • To provide expertise and support to end-users to undertake a range of medium value complex procurement tasks including sourcing and contracting
  • Provision of expert advice on all aspects of regulations and controls and representing UKRIs risk appetite in procurement decisions
  • To keep local end users up-to-date with best practice in public procurement
  • Act as initial contact and escalation route to the Commercial Business Partner
  • Support the development of local procurement and contract management skill.
  • Roles and Responsibilities

  • Undertake multiple procurement sourcing/contracting actions as required using the most appropriate route to market to deliver best value and compliance
  • Provide expert procurement advice to local end-users including when procurement should be directed to the shared service centre
  • Provide direction on local procurement issues as they arise, making decisions that will lead to added value for UKRI
  • Involvement in local commercial assurance, planning and in-house Contract Management
  • Build collaborative relationships with local stakeholders, acting as initial escalation point for key decision making and medium value contract sign-off
  • Use tools/techniques to assess relevant supply market, risks, level of competition, trends and new opportunities to inform market understanding
  • Use MI and datasets to facilitate local commercial decision making and planning
  • Maintain up to date project case folders for performance management and audit purposes
  • Act as a role model of commercial professionalism within area of responsibility
  • Who are we looking for?

    We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic individual who enjoys bringing their skills and experience to all procurement projects they undertake. This role will manage a highly varied mix of stakeholders, and confidence & professional credibility are vital to ensure your presence and involvement is positively felt throughout the procurement lifecycle.

    Essential Criteria:

  • Customer focused committed to an ethos of an accountable, cost effective, high quality, service delivery
  • Experience of procuring highly technical products and services in a complex organisation
  • Experience of contract and supplier management
  • Experience of procurement risk identification, management and mitigation
  • Able to provide leadership on the creation of clear and relevant tender evaluation models
  • Ability to explain technical procurement procedures and provide training and advice to a wide audience
  • Good commercial awareness and a confident negotiator
  • Skilled in the production of procurement documents
  • Experience of using e-sourcing applications
  • Ability to interpret procurement terms and conditions to ensure suitability
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels.
  • Desirable Criteria

  • MCIPs qualified or working towards
  • Higher Education Level qualifications
  • Experience and knowledge of public procurement including PCR regulations and related processes
  • Substantial experience in a procurement role in a technical organisation
  • Supervisory experience in a public sector environment
  • Experience in Construction, FM and Estates- related projects.
  • About UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 

    UKRI launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

    Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UKs innovation agency, Innovate UK. Together we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at . 

    Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme. For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

    How we support EDI in the workforce 

    At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit How we support EDI in the workforce. 

    Disability Confident Employer

    As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.