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Sourcing and Supplier Contract Manager

University of Southampton - Finance, Planning & Analytics

Location: Southampton
Salary: £31,406 to £38,587 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 28th October 2021
Job Ref: 1463321RR-R

Location:  Highfield Campus

Interview Date:   To be confirmed

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.  As a sourcing and supplier contract manager you will play a vital role in ensuring contracts procured by the wider team are implemented successfully and managed robustly to deliver maximum value for money and benefit to the university, achieved through working with external suppliers and internal stakeholders across the organisation. As a souring and supplier contract manager.

The Higher Education sector is changing and so is the procurement service. Having expanded the team to ensure our procurement and contractual arrangements reflect the University strategy by embedding a category managed approach aligned with strong commercial contract and supplier management we now have an exciting opportunity to join the contracts team and support with the continued rollout of contract management across the categories. 

As a member of the team, you will need a high level of commercial acumen, experience of excellent contract management, a good knowledge of procurement process 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 managing a variety of contractual arrangements across a number of spend categories, successful implementation of corporate contracts in a complex and diverse organisation ensuring compliance with internal & external regulations, proven track record of 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 recognising knowledge, experience and performance.

In addition to a competitive salary the University offers a highly attractive Defined Benefits pension scheme with employee and employer contribution. The University also offers a generous holiday allowance of 30 days annual leave, plus 6 University closure days and 8 bank holidays. 

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 Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1463321RR-R on all correspondence. 

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