Procurement Manager

£31,406 - £34,304 per annum
22 Dec 2021
16 Jan 2022
Specialist Area
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Procurement Manager

Duties of the Role

The post holder will provide proactive support for the procurement services at the University of Essex, enabling support to customers, creating the framework for engagement with the market and providing advice on the current state of the market and future options.

The post holder will undertake the tendering and letting of high value contracts on their own initiative, ensuring thorough market research is conducted to identify potential bidders for commodities, participate in tender evaluation meetings and make decision based on 'value for money' taking into consideration total cost of ownership.

The successful candidate will work with colleagues to promote the Central Procurement Unit, and will support and promote the implementation of category management and a change in the strategic approach to procurement within the University.

The post is based within the Central Procurement Unit at the Colchester Campus although the post holder will be required to provide a procurement service throughout all the University campuses. Travel to our campuses at Southend and Loughton, and to visit supplier sites may be required.

This is a substantive grade 8 post but will be considered as a developmental opportunity at grade 7 - see further details in the attached job pack.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and skills required

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent experience and be a fully qualified member of a relevant professional body (e.g. MCIPS) for appointment at Grade 8. Support will be provided for those working towards or wishing to commence their Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply qualification where the appointment is made at Grade 7.

You will have relevant experience of end to end procurement processes, including (but not limited to) drafting tender documentation, evaluating tenders and awarding contracts, with the ability to manage and supervise staff being desirable. Experience of public sector procurement and the challenges faced is also desirable at both levels.

Applicants at Grade 8 will also have experience of using Category Management techniques and possess a proven track record of project and benefits delivery.

Excellent written, presentation and organisational skills with the ability to influence others at all levels and excellent IT skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and a familiarity with collaborative workspace environments (e.g. Box, SharePoint) are all essential to be successful in this post.

A full list of Essential and Desirable criteria at both the grade 7 and 8 levels can be found under the Person Specification of the job pack attached.

Central Procurement Unit

The post of Procurement Manager is a great opportunity to join a high performing, talented and professional team, with a proven track record of delivering savings.

The Central Procurement Unit sits within the larger Finance, Planning and Data Insight section, which has responsibility for managing the University's income and expenditure, ensuring we get value for money in all financial activity and that we comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information see:

Please visit our website ( for a full job description, person specification and more information relating to this post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application.  Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team (

Closing Date: 16 January 2022

Interview Date: 27 January 2022

Salary: Grade 7 - £31,406 - £34,304 per annum (pro-rata for part-time; Grade 8 - £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (pro-rata for part-time)

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