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Contract & Supplier Management Specialist (Travel)

The University of Edinburgh - Procurement, Finance Department

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 Grade UE07, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 31st January 2024
Job Ref: 9083

Close date: 31st January 2024, 12pm 

12 Month Fixed Term Contract, Full time (35 Hours per week)

We’re looking for great people to join our Contract & Supplier Management (CSM) team in our award-winning Procurement department.

The Opportunity:

We are looking for 1 x Contract & Supplier Management Specialists (Travel) to join our Strategic Procurement team. The Department currently comprises of four ‘Category’ Teams; Information Services & IT, Professional Campus Services, Estates & Buildings, and Laboratories & Medical. Embedded within the Strategic Procurement function, the Contract & Supplier Management Specialist (Travel) is responsible for supporting the delivery and development of the contract and supplier management activities within the Procurement Department focusing on Travel services, ensuring the right outcomes are delivered and the performance of contracts is maximised, as well as adding value through enhancement of supplier relationship management.

Through the development of strong internal and external relationships, the post-holder will effectively manage and coordinate activities associated with Travel Services and when necessary, other key suppliers, to maximise the outcomes and benefits to the University through supplier relationship management and contract management processes, with the objective of delivering the following:

  • Effective management and monitoring of supplier performance and supply chain risks;
  • Commercial and operational value through its contracts with its suppliers, reducing costs, increasing value-add and ensuring efficient stakeholder/user experiences;
  • Environmental and social impact through the life of the contracts, driving forward the responsible procurement agenda; and
  • Identification of opportunities for in-life innovation and creativity to drive efficiency and consistency. 

The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the University’s financial wellbeing and international research profile, by delivering cash savings and other cost efficiencies; and supporting the knowledge creation and transfer which lies at the heart of the University’s Strategy 2030.

The post-holder will join a forward-thinking, ambitious and supportive procurement team, already well advanced in a service transformation programme.  As part of the wider Finance Directorate, we aim to deliver world-class services to the University’s academic teaching and research staff and our professional services colleagues, in keeping with the institution’s Top-20 World Ranking.

You will engage directly with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, ensuring that Procurement delivers innovative, fit for purpose solutions which are aligned to University objectives and Government policy.

Candidates will be encouraged to exercise initiative and discretion, taking ownership of CSM projects that deliver maximum benefit across the University. 

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Self-motivated and proactive, with a passion to help shape and develop the service.
  • Good commercial competence, risk management, and strong negotiation skills
  • Personal credibility and ethics; capacity and confidence to manage contracts and deliver change with aptitude for implementing and improving best-practice procedures.
  • Demonstrable experience of negotiation skills
  • Relevant contract and supplier management experience
  • Good computing literacy and numerical analysis skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills and commercial judgement.
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