Head of Procurement

Overview of Responsibilities

You will be fully responsible for a complete commercial procurement function for UKAEA’s expenditure with external suppliers for Operational provisions. You will be responsible for all aspects of procurement and commercial issues for UKAEA within Operational areas, supporting growth and development.

You will also be responsible for controlling the overall procurement strategy and actively developing and implementing as appropriate to deliver the key strategies which operate at UKAEA; as Head of Procurement, you would be responsible for owning, leading, maintaining and pro-actively improving the commercial systems, protocols, templates and procedures within the Procurement team.

Onsite Presence: You are expected to work at Culham three days a week. Additionally, once a month, you will be expected to travel to the Rotherham site.

What will you be responsible for?

  • You will be responsible for managing the Procurement Department including setting targets and monitoring performance and for ensuring the organisation has the resource capabilities including training, development, succession planning and stakeholder requirements to support the Operational delivery for UKAEA.
  • You will be ensuring full legal compliance in accordance with Public Contract Regulations 2015.
  • You will engage and monitor Procurement outputs to ensure the full compliance on legal and other regulations external and internal by using professional knowledge, keeping up to date with external changes.
  • Communicating with impact and creating an environment within the team where individuals can communicate effectively, working to build team commitment, strong morale and strong working relationships.
  • You will provide processes and systems for effective procurement and performance reporting across the group. Ensuring compliance with Cabinet Office Efficiency Reform Group (ERG), PCR compliance and alignment with the Cabinet office strategic approach to procurement.
  • You will have to engage with Cabinet Office in respect of the Commercial Controls, reviewing all cases submitted to ensure strategic alignment to Government Functional Commercial Standards. 
  • You will be leading and managing UKAEA pre-commercial procurement policy and initiatives engagement on all Procurement audits both internal and external.
£80,415 (inclusive of £5,000 if fully MCIPS qualified) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Type of Employment

Additional Information

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 (up to 7% for Levels 1 - 7, as well as 3rd and 4th year apprentices) 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 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.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.

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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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