Procurement Manager

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster

About the role

As the head of profession, you will manage the detailed development and implementation of the new procurement function, along with managing and developing the procurement function on an on-going basis, ensuring efficiencies and effectiveness of full service delivery and acting as key contact with internal and external stakeholders.

You will also recruit, develop and manage a corporate team to provide appropriate management, support and guidance to senior managers and operational staff with delegated direct procurement responsibilities.

About you

You will have a good degree (2:1 or above), ideally in a related specialism or equivalent proven ability and knowledge and membership of CIPS (minimum of Diploma level with requirement for Professional Diploma level to be achieved). You will have experience of successfully implementing procurement process improvements. You will have evidence of generating greater value for money from procurement activities and knowledge of public sector procurement rules. You will have skills, knowledge and evidence of continuing professional development in procurement fields relevant to CEH as a research institute. 

Eligibility to apply

To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit. CEH can only apply for a work permit in cases where there are no suitably qualified or experienced resident workers; otherwise applicants should normally be resident in the UK or a national of the European Union.

Applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Service; to apply please visit our job board at  please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC241874.

Closing Date: 3rd September 2017
Interview Date: 28th September 2017

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