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Senior Procurement Officer

£39000 - £47000 per annum

Job description

Our Higher Educaton client based in Edinburgh is seeking an experienced public sector Procurement professional to work within their Estates & Facilities category.

The successful candidate will carry out end-to-end procurement projects for goods, services and works; conduct detailed spend analyses to identify strategic opportunities that will improve value; and to apply best practice supplier relationship and contract management techniques.

The role:

  • To plan, project manage and deliver efficient, effective and legally compliant tendering processes for Research Groups, Schools/Colleges or Professional Services teams. Provide added-value services which meet customers' needs, achieve value for money and quality of goods, services and works, analyse and manage risks effectively and ensure probity, and maintain project and contract documentation and management reports
  • To engage with senior stakeholders in Schools, Colleges and Professional Service Departments, to agree procurement needs, priorities and resourcing, and deliver major procurement projects on time and on budget. To develop common approaches to market through agreed commodity procurement strategies, which meet the University's Strategy 2030 objectives
  • To manage suppliers' performance against contracts and appropriate Key Performance Indicators, and their relationships with our main clients, seeking continuous service improvements, innovation and in-life cost savings. Maintain communications with other suppliers to provide advice on current and future requirements, to develop competition, deliver corporate social responsibility, and process efficiency (e.g. e-commerce), emphasising these benefits to suppliers and customers
  • To work closely with Operational Procurement to deliver a first-class procurement service, ensuring the content on the University's Oracle ERP system ('People and Money') and other relevant procurement sites remains accurate, and that procurement processes are streamlined and facilitate compliant procurement
  • To analyse expenditure records, seeking opportunities to reduce duplication and inappropriate sourcing; identifying areas for consolidation of business onto fewer and better suppliers; and creating strategic relationships that deliver innovation and true partnership benefits. To work as part of the wider Finance Team to streamline processes across the University in goods, services and works procurement
  • To develop, with the Category Head, and provide appropriate web-based, face to face or other format guidance and training to staff in Schools and Departments and externally where appropriate. To disseminate best practice and project governance including whole life costing and project investment / ROI appraisal that delivers true value for money, cash savings and efficient and effective processes

Skills & requirements:

  • Public sector Prorcurement experience
  • Self-motivated and proactive, with a passion to help shape and develop the service
  • Practical experience and sound theoretical knowledge of end-to-end tendering procedures, including use of e-Tendering systems
  • A solid grounding of in-life contract and supplier relationship management
  • Good computing literacy and numerical analysis skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills and commercial judgement

Morgan Hunt is a multi-award-winning recruitment business for interim, contract and temporary recruitment and acts as an Employment Agency in relation to permanent vacancies. Morgan Hunt is an equal opportunities employer. Job suitability is assessed on merit in accordance with the individual's skills, qualifications and abilities to perform the relevant duties required in a particular role.

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