University of East London

Procurement Category Manager

Docklands Campus, London E16
£46,000-£53,000 pa + excellent benefits (depending on experience)
22 Jan 2021
02 Feb 2021
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

If you’re used to managing end-to-end procurement processes, including tenders, and looking for the next challenge in your flourishing career, this opportunity to join University of East London as a Procurement Category Manager could be ideal.

It’s a particularly exciting time here at the University as, under our new 10-year strategy, Vision 2028, we’re committed to providing students with the skills necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world. Part of our Finance Department, the Procure to Pay Team is responsible for the management and award of tenders and contracts and providing professional procurement support and advice to schools and services. We also ensure that payments are made accurately and on-time, whether it be supplier invoices, staff expenses or student payments.

Responsible for a range of  procurement activities across the University, we’ll look to you to come up with a category plan and sourcing strategy and lots more besides. You’ll enjoy support from a Category Assistant whose remit is to engage with stakeholders across the University, as well as existing, new and potential suppliers. That means that, not only will you help us achieve the highest level of value for money, you’ll have huge scope in terms of directing, mentoring and developing a team member.

Liaising with stakeholders to get their buy in, sourcing suppliers, managing and monitoring performance and ensuring legal compliance – all are part and parcel of this interesting, varied and vital role.

You’ll need to be relevantly qualified, with excellent customer management skills, however your procurement experience needn’t be  related to the Education sector. We’re actually more interested in the quality and depth of your knowledge. Comfortable engaging with a variety of stakeholders and suppliers, you have the tenacity, persuasiveness and resilience it takes to build partnerships and deal with push backs. You’re also someone who can act as an advocate for professional procurement and inspire others due to your openly enthusiastic approach.

So, if you’re looking for a rare chance to play a major role in helping to bring procurement practices into a modern framework, not to mention genuine personal progression and career development potential, here’s your opportunity.

At UEL, we aim to attract and retain the best possible staff and offer a unique working environment which combines a tradition of academic excellence and innovation with a location at the heart of a dynamic region with excellent transport links. East London is experiencing rapid development too, making it one of the most stimulating parts of London in which to work. We also offer a great range of benefits including pension, family friendly policies and an on-site nursery and gym at our Docklands Campus.

Closing date: Tuesday 2nd February 2021

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