Procurement Officer

University of Southampton - Transactions & Procurement

The University of Southampton is one of the world’s leading universities. We are consistently placed in the top 100 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings. There are currently in excess of 24,000 students on campus in the UK. Using conventional business metrics, the University is a large enterprise with an annual turnover of over £500m and a staff establishment in excess of 5,000 FTE.

The Procurement Service plays an important role in supporting colleagues in procuring a diverse range of goods, services and works which are critical to the successful operation of the University. These exciting new positions bring together the opportunity to support the senior category managers in delivering a variety of procurements across a broad range of categories within a university environment.

The Higher Education sector is changing and so is the procurement service, we are looking to expand in order to ensure our procurement arrangements reflect the University strategy by embedding a category managed approach, delivering value for money through high quality arrangements. As a member of the team, you will need a good level of commercial acumen, experience of working in a procurement environment and the ability to build strong, productive relationships with a diverse stakeholder group – including academic and research staff, heads of the University’s professional services functions and key external suppliers and partners.   

You should have previous experience of working in a procurement environment, managing the day to day requirements of a contract, preparing and analysing data, ensuring compliance with internal & external procurement regulations, basic tendering and delivering savings & associated benefits. Please see the job specification for full role details.

The University of Southampton is a member of the prestigious Russell Group committed to attracting and supporting exceptional staff to deliver at the highest levels in all activities. In return the University can offer an excellent package for staff on the basis of recognition of knowledge, experience and performance.

In addition to a competitive salary the University offers a generous benefits package including discounted access to sports, arts and cultural activities, with a generous holiday allowance - between 20 and 24 days leave after a qualifying period, plus 6 University closure days and standard bank holidays, totalling around 14 additional days' leave over and above your holiday allowance.

Staff have access to a childcare voucher scheme and a wide range of discounts from national and international shops and services and the option to join the excellent Universities Pension Scheme.

Interviews: w/c 11th September and w/c 18th September 2017

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 900717RR on all correspondence.

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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