Procurement Manager at British Antarctic Survey (UKRI)

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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£38,969 - £43,300 per annum
01 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020
Specialist Area
Contracts, Procurement
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary:  £38,969 - £43,300 per annum
Grade: UKRI E
Contract Type: Open-Ended 
Hours: Full Time
Based at: Cambridge
Closing Date: 25th October 2020
Interview Date: 5th November 2020

Procurement Manager at British Antarctic Survey (UKRI)

A new and exciting opportunity for a procurement professional at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) site at Madingley Road, Cambridge!  

The organisation

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.

BAS is an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), itself part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body, bringing together the functions of the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England, seeking to maximise value from government’s investment in research and innovation of over £6bn per annum.


BAS spend is complex and accounts for almost 10% of UKRI’s total spend of more than £520m per annum. Scientific access to the polar regions requires an operational infrastructure, including research stations, ships and aircraft, to provide the facilities and level of safety required in these remote and hostile parts of the planet. BAS buys a wide range of complex and sometimes unique products and services including equipment, technical services and infrastructure to support a range of end-users and remote sites. The organisation works in partnership with a shared services centre which supports contracting for common goods and services.

The UKRI Commercial Function provides a wide range of commercial support to the whole organisation but the majority of its effort is focussed on the management of the whole procurement cycle including planning, sourcing and contract management in a compliant manner while providing value for money.   

The Role

We are currently recruiting a range of procurement and commercial professionals to support an exciting expansion of the wider UKRI in-house commercial group. The BAS Procurement Manager, working and reporting to the BAS Commercial Business Partner, will support research staff on all of their complex procurement projects. Working out of the Cambridge site but supporting the wider BAS community the Commercial Manager will play a key part in ensuring that the business obtains maximum benefit from its procurement.

This is a new role, adding to the wider, decentralised UKRI team and part of a three-fold expansion in capacity and skills across the organisation. The role will be responsible to:

  • Provide local expertise and support to end-users to undertake a range of medium value complex procurement tasks including sourcing and contracting
  • Provision of expert advice on all aspects of regulations and controls and representing UKRI’s risk appetite in procurement decisions
  • Act as initial contact and escalation route to the local Commercial Business Partner
  • Support the development of local procurement and contract management skill
  • Undertake multiple procurement sourcing/contracting actions as required using the most appropriate route to market to deliver best value and compliance
  • Provide expert procurement advice to local end-users including when procurement should be directed to the shared service centre
  • Provide direction on local procurement issues as they arise, making decisions that will lead to added value for BAS and to UKRI
  • Involvement in local commercial assurance, planning and in-house Contract Management
  • Building collaborative relationships with local stakeholders, acting as initial escalation point for key decision making and medium value contract sign-off
  • Maintaining up to date project case folders for performance management and audit purposes.

About You

You will

  • Be educated with higher level qualifications and probably be MCIPs qualified (or working towards)
  • Have significant experience of complex procurement within the public sector
  • Have skills in the production of procurement documents including specification development and the use of e-sourcing applications
  • Be able to interpret procurement terms and conditions to ensure suitability
  • Be used to providing leadership on the creation of relevant tender evaluation models
  • Have good commercial awareness and be a confident negotiator.

UK Research and Innovation offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a CV and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 25th October 2020.

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