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.


£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

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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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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