Buyer (Finance)

07 Apr 2019
26 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The overall purpose of the role is to support the Head of Procurement develop the procurement sourcing service, purchasing in excess of £35 million of non-pay expenditure across the University.
The role holder is responsible for providing the tactical and transactional direction for University procurement whilst achieving best value for money, encouraging sustainable procurement and enabling social enterprise engagement in the procurement process where applicable. They are also responsible for delivering process efficiencies, cost reduction, cost avoidance and internal and external collaboration whilst ensuring compliance to University and prevailing EU Procurement regulations.
The job holder will support the Head of Procurement in leading and facilitating the strategic development of procurement best practice within the University.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Use extensive expertise, professional networking and focused research into best practice to evolve the procurement strategy to meet the University’s strategic, tactical and operational objectives.
• Support the Head of Procurement to provide strategic leadership to the procurement function and continuously improve the institution's procurement processes and transaction handling in line with regulations and recognised best practice.
• Ensure that the University Financial Regulations and the Public Contracts Regulations are applied across the University. Provide advice and guidance to staff as appropriate, to ensure understanding and compliance with UoN financial procedures.
• Oversee assigned tenders and those carried out under EU Regulations. Advise and assist stakeholders in the evaluation of tender responses, negotiation of terms and supplier selection. Achievement of best value and regulatory compliance are critical requirements of a successful outcome for the job holder.
• Use detailed, complex management information to prepare reports for the Head of Procurement and other senior managers on procurement performance and delivery against targets. Analyse and identify any areas of concern and/or opportunity and formulates recommendation proposals for consideration. Attend relevant University meetings and Committees to present and discuss the Procurement performance and reports.

Manage the UoN Category Management process, key supplier relationships and conduct negotiations to ensure they deliver best value during the duration of the contract.
• To manage and report any perceived or actual conflicts of interest.
• Undertake other duties as required commensurate with the general nature and grading of the post.
• The post holder will be expected to undertake other responsibilities and tasks as reasonably requested by the Head of Procurement and/or the Director of Finance.

Skills and Qualifications

CIPS Qualifies

Educated to A Level standard or equivalent

The role holder has comprehensive working experience within a procurement environment

The role holder has working experience within a fast paced, dynamic, results orientated environment

IT literate to include office software, specifically Excel

The role holder has working experience within a fast paced, dynamic, results orientated environment

Proven ability to negotiate at all levels

Excellent Time Management

Ability to adapt to technological advances in the workplace

Customer focussed

Ability to adapt to organisational change

Attention to detail

Good organisational skills



Additional Information

This role is full time for 2 months in the first instance. A permanent role is available for the right candidate. We will consider part time for experienced candidates

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