Procurement Manager

Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Up to £50k
02 Dec 2021
02 Jan 2022
Specialist Area
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member

Based at Alderley Park, Medicines Discovery Catapult is a national facility connecting the UK community to accelerate innovative drug discovery. We provide unique scientific capabilities and act as a gateway to UK resources and expertise, supporting UK SMEs to drive the development and industrialisation of new approaches for the discovery of new medicines. 

By validating new ways of discovering medicines and driving key talent and expertise across the sector, we will support the UK life sciences industry, SMEs and innovators to deliver growth for the UK economy and maintain the UK’s heritage position as a global leader in medicines R&D. Ultimately, new industrialised technologies are vital for delivering new medicines to patients, faster. 

In March 2020 Medicines Discovery Catapult was tasked with the challenge of co-ordinating the creation of the UK’s Lighthouse Labs network and delivery of one of those labs, based at Alderley Park. The Lighthouse Labs are the biggest diagnostic lab project ever established in British history. 

Role purpose:

The role will lead procurement across Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC), delivering value for money and compliance to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR). The postholder must have the ability to manage complex procurement projects, lead on development, implementation and delivery, and post contract procedures to provide value for money across the business.

The Procurement Manager will provide strong management and leadership for the function providing specialist advice, guidance, training, and work with senior stakeholders in support of organisational objectives.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage, and develop the Procurement function and deliver value for money for the MDC. Ensure appropriate work planning and levels of resource are delivered to meet the requirements of the business.
  • Develop, manage, and promote a range of policies and procedures that embed good practice within the business. Obtain support and agreement from key stakeholders to drive the successful implementation.
  • Develop a procurement vision which drives continuous improvement and identifies solutions for business improvements, including exploring opportunities to simplify procurement processes and improve service levels for MDC.
  • Manage the development of the Procurement team which supports the objectives of the MDC with a culture that encourages the use of initiative, individual and team responsibility, and open communication.
  • Manage and take overall responsibility for all procurements. Provide leadership and guidance to resources and wider MDC staff on procurements.  Work with stakeholders to develop customer’s requirements and advise and lead on the tender process from market research through to supplier de-brief.
  • Manage and approve all requests for waivers from MDC procurement procedures undertaking a comprehensive review of all procurement considerations.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders to raise awareness of the role of procurement and agree plans to identify future requirements.
  • Develop contract management procedures, ensure that best practice is shared, risks are identified and managed, and value for money is obtained. Engage with suppliers to develop knowledge of markets ensuring that the organisation obtains value for money in its contracts. 
  • Keep up to date with changes to PCR and procurement best practice to ensure the requirements are appropriately reflected in the MDC procurement policies, procedures and processes.
  • Manage the Procurement Risk register, escalating any risks to the Senior Leadership Team where appropriate.
  • Collaborate with other Catapults sharing best practice and in the development of cross-Catapult framework agreements for the benefit of all organisations.
  • Any other duties dependent on the needs of the business, which may occasionally require the attendance of events off site.

Essential qualifications, experience and knowledge:

  • Chartered membership of CIPS (or working towards).
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of leading in a procurement function.
  • The ability to engage stakeholders at all levels within the business.
  • Significant experience in a procurement function.
  • Solid working knowledge of the PCR.
  • Procurement experience in a range of procurement categories, with responsibility for delivering high value projects and realising financial benefits.

Desirable qualifications, experience and knowledge:

  • Experience of leading a team and effectively developing, motivating and managing resources. 
  • Experience of implementing and confident in using procurement systems and e-solutions, including tendering portals and P2P.

Essential skills:

  • Excellent management and organisational skills.
  • Plans, prioritises and manages resources effectively to achieve objectives.
  • Excellent communication skills, adapting the message for a diverse audience.
  • Strong influencing skills and the ability to negotiate.
  • Strong written skills including the development of reports for Senior Leadership Team.
  • Results driven, with the ability to adapt flexibly to situations.
  • Ability to demonstrate a commercial approach and to consider the wider impact of decisions.
  • Have a high level of analytical skills, the ability to review spend data to identify opportunities for financial savings, and improvements.
  • Commits to their own professional development.

Interviews will take place week commencing  13th December 2021

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