Procurement Manager

Culham, Abingdon
£43,396 to £51,293
19 Feb 2021
18 Mar 2021
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Procurement Manager


- Full time

- Department: Procurement

- Salary: £43,396 to £51,293 (inclusive of £5,000 if fully MCIPS qualified) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

- Salary band: £40,000 to £49,999 per annum

- Confirmed Grade: Level 5

- Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

Who are we looking for?

As a Procurement Manager, you will be joining an inclusive and supportive environment involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from Robotics, Materials Testing, Facilities Management, Construction, Research & Development, tritium processing and fusion technologies. There has never been a more exciting time to join UKAEA due to the rapid growth we are experiencing as an organisation and consequently the procurement department!

If you have strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to influence and negotiate at the highest levels with suppliers and you are able to work as a part of a team and have experience of public sector procurement and knowledge of OJEU, then this vacancy might be the perfect opportunity for you.

What will you be responsible for?

- Delivering procurement assistance to enable the delivery of major projects within the time parameters to meet project milestones and targets, collaborating with others to define the project scope, taking into account Public Contract Regulations 2015

- Managing pre-qualifying contractors and subsequent interviewing tenderers, assessing tenders and negotiating contracts as required

- Managing, monitoring and controlling contractual progress of projects in terms of adherence to contract terms, taking into account time, cost and quality

- Identifying opportunities for improvements and propose solutions in order to contribute to continuous improvement within UKAEA. Make final recommendations for the development of new solutions

- Assisting with creation, application and implementation of procurement strategies for the site

- Providing commercial advice to line and senior management within UKAEA and to participate in specific initiatives where appropriate

- Providing procurement leadership in large or complex projects. Understand, influence, drive and negotiate with internal and external customers, suppliers and colleagues

In return, we will provide you with a supportive environment to help you achieve your potential and take full advantage of interesting procurement opportunities. We provide structured procurement training and development; opportunities to work towards CIPS qualifications and opportunities to gain diverse procurement experience.

Essential skills, experience and competence required


- Ideally MCIPS qualified but will consider candidates who are working toward MCIPS if they can demonstrate relevant experience

- Experience of public sector procurement and knowledge of OJEU

- A good technical appreciation of the range of procurement categories

- Good procurement strategic knowledge and experience

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Commercially astute and customer focused

- Excellent negotiation skills

- Possess strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to influence at senior levels

Desirable Experience

- Understanding of NEC form of contract

What we offer


- A competitive salary 

- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors

- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives

- Flexible working options including family-friendly policies 

- Emergency leave (paid)

- 30.5 days’ annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service

- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme) 

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme 

- Annual corporate bonus scheme 

- Relocation allowance (if eligible)

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from Black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10 minute walk from Culham Railway Station. 

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on the 18th March but may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance.

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