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Director of Procurement

Cardiff University

We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in the beautiful and thriving capital city of Cardiff. Voted Welsh University of the year 2022, we have a diverse student population with students coming from more than one hundred countries, with a range of backgrounds. Our academic staff are driven by creativity and curiosity, and many are leaders in their fields, creating a stimulating environment for learning. We excel in producing high quality, innovative research which translates into benefits both locally and worldwide.

Our academic community are central to our success and the support of a high-quality Professional Services is vital if we are to deliver excellence in research, learning and teaching, and the student experience. We are currently investing in a transformational improvement programme, transforming professional services support across the University to support our ambitious strategy.

As part of our transformation journey, we have invested in expanding our Procurement team, creating a new Director post to lead the procurement transformation and introduce a category management approach.

As Director of Procurement, you will lead the development and delivery of the procurement strategy to maximise the value and outcomes from our £150M external supplier spend, developing a commercially focused, responsible, and sustainable procurement approach across the University.

Working closely with relevant stakeholders in the institution’s Professional Services areas, three Colleges and their Academic Schools, you will lead and develop the procurement team that delivers continuity of supply and optimal value for money.

You will bring experience of working within a complex environment at a senior level facilitating change within Procurement or Supply Chain with professional knowledge of Procurement Category Management, Supply Chain and Contract Management.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please visit our dedicated recruitment site by clicking ‘Apply’ above or contact our executive search partners GatenbySanderson. Stephanie Crossland on 0113 268 0704 or

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 15th November 2021

Location: Cardiff
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 15th November 2021
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