Procurement Officer

GBP31931 - GBP31931 per annum +
12 Nov 2021
12 Dec 2021
UK Research & Innovation
Specialist Area
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary: £31, 931 per annum
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time

Based at: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxon
Closing Date: 26th September 2021
Interview Date: 11th October 2021

Procurement Officer at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UKRI)

New and exciting opportunity for a public procurement expert at the Rutherford Appleton Lab near Didcot, Oxfordshire!

The organisation

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (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

RAL Procurement Officers, working with and reporting to RAL Procurement Managers, support research staff on all of their complex procurement projects. Procurement Officers play a key part in ensuring that procurements are run in the correct manner and that our organisation obtains maximum benefit.

This Procurement Officer role will add to the wider, decentralised UKRI team. The role will be responsible to:

  • Provide local expertise and support to end-users to undertake a range of procurement tasks (varying in both value and complexity) including sourcing and contracting;
  • Provision of expert advice on all aspects of regulations and controls and representing UKRI's risk appetite in procurement decisions;
  • To keep local end-users up to date with UKRI procurement policy and best practice in public procurement;
  • Act as initial contact and escalation route to the local Procurement Manager or Commercial Business Manager;
  • Support the development of local procurement and contract management skill

About You

You will

  • Have a good general education and qualifications and it is desirable to be MCIPS qualified/part qualified or to have a business qualification;
  • Have experience and be able to demonstrate a knowledge of public procurement and it is desirable to have a background working in a technical organisation;
  • Have skills in the production of procurement documents and it is desirable to have used e-sourcing applications.

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 visit our job board.

The closing date for applications is 2nd December 2021.