Procurement Support and Guidance Manager

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£41526 - 60000 per year +
11 Jun 2021
27 Jun 2021
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Hays Procurement is proud to be working in partnership with the University of Cambridge who are looking to appoint a Hub Support and Professional Guidance Manager in an exciting new role for the organisation.
The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most successful Universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research.  Capitalising on its exemption under Public Contract Regulations 2015, the University has truly ambitious plans for the Procurement function.  Procurement and purchasing at the University of Cambridge has recently embarked upon transformational change through a three to five year programme of activity - the Strategic Procurement and Purchasing Programme.  This will focus on how the University, its associated bodies and stakeholders can better buy and pay for its goods, works and services in the most sustainable manner possible. 
The University Group Procurement Services team has four objectives as it manages in excess of £500m of addressable spend each year.  These are: Leverage University expenditure, Enhance devolved practice, Develop professional talent and Manage supply risk.  This newly created position contributes to all of these aims, by developing, coordinating and managing a team of Buyers fulfilling purchasing needs across the devolved organisation, and taking responsibility for Procurement communications for all stakeholders.
The Hub Support and Professional Guidance Manager is accountable for the co-ordination of purchasing resources across the organisation, taking strategic decisions on the allocation of these resources according to business need, and managing the team of individual Buyers.  This role is also responsible for both the Procurement website and key communication and training resources to a wide range of stakeholders. 
The Hub Support and Professional Guidance Manager will act as a key contact for departmental colleagues in need of assistance with procurement and purchasing and strategically manage relationships with stakeholders to ensure the highest satisfaction possible with purchasing services.  A key part of the role is the offering of specialised support and guidance both to Buyers and to departmental contacts, particularly in respect of complex purchasing needs for major projects and high-value one-off purchases.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience of working in a complex environment, ideally one with devolved functions.  With excellent knowledge of procurement best-practice in either the private or public sector, you will have experience of delivering training and/or communications.  You will have excellent influencing and relationship building skills and be able to analyse operations, identify issues, and strategically implement continuous improvement.  You will ideally have a Bachelor’s degree with CIPD Training qualifications beneficial but not essential.    
This is an exciting time to join the University of Cambridge and if you feel you have the drive and the passion to help them to achieve their objectives, then they can offer you a role that is not only hugely satisfying but brings great benefits and a stimulating and supportive working environment.  In return, The University of Cambridge are offering a competitive salary, excellent benefits such as 41 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and the opportunity to be office-based for 2 days per week. 
For more information about the role and organisation please visit: or for an informal discussion please contact William Warren, Senior Business Director at Hays Procurement who is the retained consultant working in partnership with the University of Cambridge.  All third party & direct applicants will be forwarded directly to Hays Procurement to be screened as part of the recruitment process.


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