Assistant Procurement Manager
Overview of Responsibilities
Who are we looking for?
As an Assistant Procurement Manager you will deliver procurement support across the organisation, providing advice, guidance and completion of projects and complex tenders for the growing portfolio within UKAEA ensuring UKAEA is compliant with European Commission and UK directives for procurement in the public sector.
You will provide support and guidance for members of the procurement team, ensuring the delivery of a first-class procurement service to the organisation.
The purpose of the role is to support the JDR Program (Jet Decommissioning & Repurposing) in achievement of its milestones, impacting the achievement of BEIS targets and milestones. The program is the ‘first-of-a-kind’ and is one of the biggest decommissioning projects in the UK consisting of fourteen embedded project lines / teams.
To be successful in this role you will have experience of Public Sector Procurement and understanding of OJEU requirement and you have procurement strategic knowledge and experience with (internal & external) customer focused.
If you have strong verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and you are a good team player with ability to work effectively as part of the Group Procurement Team., then we would like to hear from you.
What will you be responsible for?
- Negotiating with the relevant parties including external companies to arrive at appropriate commercial agreements.
- Advising to senior managers on contractual strategies (ranging from traditional contracts to alliances, partnerships, and alternative funding strategies).
- Contributing to problem solving and decision making to develop specification requirements.
- Managing contracts from tender through to closure. This will include evaluating bids, ensuring that value for money is always obtained, the negotiation of appropriate commercial agreements, and resolving claims and disputes.
- Providing general support, advise and coaching/delivery of training on commercial matters across the organisation.
- Contributing to the evolution of Authority’s commercial terms and conditions, policies and working practices.
- Identifying opportunities for improvements and proposes solutions to contribute to continuous improvement within UKAEA.
You will be required to deputise for the Procurement manager and the Procurement Business Partner at a variety of meetings, making decisions in line with commercial delegation and line manage of a small team of procurement specialists, providing performance feedback, completing their APS, and supporting and advising them with their day-to-day activities. Please note that you may be required to support procurement in other projects / programs as required.
Essential skills, experience and competence required
- MCIPS qualified or working towards MCIPS qualification.
- Experience of Public Sector Procurement and understanding of OJEU requirements.
- A good technical appreciation of the range of procurement categories
- Good procurement strategic knowledge and experience.
- Commercially astute and customer focused.
- Good negotiation skills with some understanding of NEC form of Contract
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a good team player with ability to work effectively as part of the Group Procurement Team.
Desirable skills, experience and competence
- Line management experience.
- Purchase 2 Pay procurement cycle.
- A good technical appreciation of the range of procurement categories.
What we offer
Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a 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 and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘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.
Please note that we will contact you within 7-10 working days with updates regarding your application status.
Salary: £33,297 to £35,520 (+ £5,000 if fully MCIPS qualified) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension.
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 or will confirm that there are no such convictions.
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