Assistant Procurement Manager

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

If you are an experienced procurement professional with an interest in sustainable and clean energy generation, we have an excellent opportunity for you. There has never been a more exciting time to join UKAEA due to the rapid growth we are experiencing as an organisation and consequently the Procurement Department!

As a Assistant Procurement Manager you will deliver procurement support across the organisation, providing advice, guidance and completion of projects and complex tenders for the growing R&D portfolio within UKAEA ensuring UKAEA is compliant with European Commission and UK directives for procurement in the public sector.

Also, you will provide support and guidance for members of the procurement team, ensuring the delivery of a first-class procurement service to the organisation and support the organisation in achievement of its own milestones and impacting the achievement of BEIS targets and milestones.You will have a chance to have variety of challenges within the departments in terms of procurement and technical needs and to be an addvisor to senior managers on contractual strategies (ranging from traditional contracts to alliances, partnerships, and alternative funding strategies).

If you have excellent interpersonal skills and you are a good team player with ability to work effectively as part of the Group Procurement Team  and well as you have strong stakeholder management skills and understanding of the OJEU process Excellent commercial acumen, then we would like to hear from you.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Negotiate with the relevant parties including external companies to arrive at appropriate commercial agreements.
  • Contribute to problem solving and decision making to develop specification requirements.
  • Manage contracts from tender through to closure (evaluating bids, ensuring that value for money is always obtained, the negotiation of appropriate commercial agreements, and resolving claims and disputes).
  • Provide general support, advise and coaching/delivery of training on commercial matters across the organisation an line management responsibilities.
  • Contribute to the evolution of Authority's commercial terms and conditions, policies and working practices.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvements and proposes solutions to contribute to continuous improvement within UKAEA.
  • Required to deputise for the Procurement manager and the Procurement Business Partner at a variety of meetings, making decisions in line with commercial delegation.
£33,297 to £35,520 (plus £5,000 if fully MCIPS qualified) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

  • A competitive salary  
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
  • Emergency leave (paid) 
  • 30.5 days annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme  
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 23/07/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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