Procurement Manager

£33,199 - £39,609
16 Aug 2019
15 Sep 2019
Specialist Area
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time


As a result of a recent reorganisation the Procurement Services Team, part of our Finance Department, is seeking a self-motivated and highly organised individual to carry out a range of procurement and contract activities.

The procurement services team are responsible for circa GBP 116million non-pay expenditure across the University. This post will contribute to making the procurement team integral in being a strategic function across the University and to deliver Value for Money outcomes for both capital and revenue expenditure.

You could be responsible for a wide range of procurement activities including but not limited to IT software and hardware, equipment including AV, hard and soft FM and Estates, HR services and student support and recruitment services. This will include interpretation of technical specifications, management of stakeholders, management of the various types of contacts and tenders including the use of our electronic tender platform, and contract/supplier management. The role requires meticulous record-keeping and attention to detail, and a broad understanding of public sector sourcing arrangements.

The successful candidates will be educated to degree level or equivalent and be a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. With experience in complex procurements and problem solving, you will be decisive, focused on priorities and goal driven. You will develop strong strategic relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to maximise opportunities to collaborate, achieve efficiencies, improve capability and promote the procurement profession.

Experience of managing OJEU and non OJEU tender processes and of sourcing products and services, and achieving value for money is essential, as is experience in contract negotiation. Previous experience of providing procurement training to a range of stakeholders would be an advantage.

You will work as part of a small team, being responsible for some line management and development of team members, as well as close working with other teams within Finance to further develop policies and procedures.

This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time.

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Helen Baker or Vicky Johnson on 0117 328 2239 or email: 


In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:

- a generous holiday allowance of 27 days

- up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition

- flexible working (normal office hours 8.30 - 5.00 pm)

- excellent defined benefit pension schemes

- option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

- family friendly policies

- onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.

UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

We are a well-established university, with over 30,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,600 staff. UWE Bristol is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West. We are globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries, making this a diverse and interesting place to study. We achieved 89% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Satisfaction survey in 2018, this excellent result puts us as the top university in the South West and in 7th place nationally. In 2018 we were placed in the Guardian's Top 40 Universities in the UK and we achieved TEF Gold status.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity and is a big pull for students and employers alike. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. It's not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed - with GBP 300m having been spent recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation to enhance our offer even further. Frenchay campus is within close proximity to excellent motorway links and within walking distance of two train stations, making UWE Frenchay Campus the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol.

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.