Procurement Partner

19 Oct 2018
10 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary in the region of £50,000 per annum (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits.

We are recruiting for a committed and enthusiastic Procurement Partner to join a busy Procurement team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Reporting to the Head of Procurement, you will be expected to deliver a flexible, proactive and timely support service to scientists with non-Procurement backgrounds, whilst gaining a broad knowledge of projects to allow key stakeholders to focus on scientific goals.

Such accountabilities will be:

  • Responsible to gather Procurement needs covered in stakeholders' scope: define level of required management of stakeholders' categories, critical and complex sourcing projects, contract/agreement management and impact on the rest of the team.
  • Own and handle autonomously directly critical categories of the Institute core expenditure in line with Procurement partners, Head of Procurement and Buyers if relevant and eager to support internal customer with performance and contract management.
  • Own and manage critical projects autonomously and related stakeholder relationships in liaison with the Head of Procurement.
  • Support continuous improvement of key P to P processes to ensure they efficiently and effectively met the changing needs of key stakeholders and the wider Institute
  • Ensure collaborative working with external organisations and suppliers, liaising with other support teams to ensure Procurement activity is within budget through timely delivery of quality cost effective services and products.
  • Establish relationship externally with other research organisations and purchasing consortiums to develop valued activities and to maximise savings.
  • Influence Procurement decisions within projects and promote good Procurement practice. Share information and advice on sources of supply, Procurement processes, procedures and approved suppliers to staff at all levels of the Institute. Support customers to ensure scientific objectives are met.

We believe that the successful candidate has persuasive communication skills with a positive outlook, thinks strategically, continually seeks improvement and resolves complex issues. Taking the initiative, managing change and ambiguity effectively are also essential criteria for this role.

Essential Skills

  • Liaising and providing a bespoke Procurement management service to senior managers and budget holders that have variable commercial awareness.
  • Proven negotiation skills with suppliers and customers alike. Ability to develop collaborative relationships with the Institutes suppliers & stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to listen, understand business needs and provide solutions in a proactive and principled manner.
  • A commitment to work as a team and achieve the agreed outcomes for the organization. Self-starter, able to work autonomously, highly motivated and able to lead and inspire and has excellent influencing skills.
  • Experience in category management programmes & track record of implementing and leading category management and strategy.
  • Proven track record of taking underlying data and presenting evidenced based narrative and recommendations to Senior Managers to an agreed timetable. Able to convey complex information in simple terms and to present ideas and solutions.
  • Expertise in supplier risk management. Comfortable in dispute handling and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels of seniority, both verbally and in writing. Evidence of residing on committees /working groups providing sound argument to debate and influencing decision making.

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of providing a Procurement service within a Scientific, Research or Healthcare environment
  • Experience of Procurement technologies, systems and their development. Familiarity with ERP systems
  • Qualified or working to being a Member/Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply or equivalent.

Other information

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and extraordinary scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We will consider all applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date: 16th November 2018, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

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