Procurement Manager

Didcot, Oxfordshire
£38,969 per annum
23 Nov 2020
04 Dec 2020
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Procurement Manager at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UKRI)
Salary: £38,969 per annum
Grade: UKRI E
Contract Type: Open-Ended 
Hours: Full Time
Based at: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
Closing Date: 4th December 2020

A new and exciting opportunity for a procurement professional at the Rutherford Appleton Lab near Didcot, Oxfordshire!

The organisation

The Rutherford Appleton Lab (RAL) pioneers work in areas including particle physics, scientific computing, laser development, space research, and technology which addresses some of the important challenges facing society. A laboratory has existed on the Chilton site since 1957 and today approximately 1200 staff work on the site with a significant number of scientists and engineers, from both the university research community and industrial research base, using our facilities.

RAL is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), itself a part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

UKRI is a non-departmental public body, bringing together the functions of the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England and seeks to maximise value from government’s investment in research and innovation of over £6bn per annum.


RAL spend is complex and accounts for 30% of UKRI’s total procurement spend of more than £520m per annum. RAL buys a wide range of complex and sometimes unique products and services including equipment, technical services and infrastructure to support a range of end-users. The organisation works in partnership with a shared services centre which supports contracting for common goods and services.

The UKRI Commercial Function provides a wide range of commercial support to the whole organisation. The majority of its effort is focussed on the management of the whole procurement cycle including planning, sourcing and contract management in a compliant manner while providing value for money.   

The Role

We are currently recruiting a range of procurement and commercial professionals to support an exciting expansion of the wider UKRI in-house commercial group. RAL Procurement Managers, working with and reporting to RAL Commercial Business Partners, will support research staff on all of their complex procurement projects. The Procurement Manager will play a key part in ensuring that the business obtains maximum benefit from its procurement.

This is a new role, adding to the wider, decentralised UKRI team and part of a three-fold expansion in capacity and skills across the organisation. The role will be responsible to:

  • Provide local 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 UKRI’s risk appetite in procurement decisions;
  • Act as initial contact and escalation route to the local Commercial Business Partner;
  • Support the development of local procurement practice and contract management skill;
  • 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 RAL and to UKRI;
  • Involvement in local commercial assurance, planning and in-house Contract Management;
  • Building collaborative relationships with local stakeholders, acting as initial escalation point for key decision making and medium value contract sign-off and
  • Maintaining up to date project case folders for performance management and audit purposes.

About You

You will:

  • Be educated with higher level qualifications and probably be MCIPs qualified (or working towards);
  • Have significant experience of complex procurement within the public sector;
  • Have skills in the production of procurement documents including specification development and the use of e-sourcing applications;
  • Be able to interpret procurement terms and conditions to ensure suitability;
  • Be used to providing leadership on the creation of relevant tender evaluation models;
  • Have good commercial awareness and be a confident negotiator.

UK Research and Innovation offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a CV and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 4th December 2020.

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