Purchasing Supervisor

University of Cambridge
June 02, 2024
Offerd Salary:£32,332-£38,205
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Purchasing Supervisor

The Department of Physics is undergoing a period of exciting change as we prepare for the move to our new Ray Dolby Centre. The new facility is designed to match the most exacting standards of current research, serving the educational needs of future generations of undergraduate and graduate students much more effectively than is possible on our existing site.

We are seeking a Purchasing Supervisor to join the department's Finance Team as part of a refreshed 'core' structure for purchasing in the department. You will undertake a full range of purchasing and procurement duties within the D department's finance office, following University policy, procedures, and best practice in order to meet needs for goods and services for the wide range of activities undertaken by the department.

Reporting to the departmental Procurement Manager, the role-holder will support a team who together ensure that all purchasing adheres to best practice and guidelines issued by the University Procurement Service, in particular obtaining best value for the University whilst maintaining awareness of sustainability goals.

With experience in working with multiple stakeholder groups in a team environment, strong financial awareness, and proactive communicative skills, the successful candidate will be able to motivate and lead others to successful service delivery.

You will ideally be CIPS qualified or working towards. The role involves day- to-day contact with academic, technical and administrative staff and students and requires the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.

You will provide direct purchasing and procurement support to the Department, including: providing guidance and assistance to stakeholders sourcing complex goods and services; manage a team of core buyers and undertake training and development; advise on procurement and logistics procedures in line with best practice and University regulations, maintain documentation covering local procedures; review and either respond or make recommendation on sole-source requests (dispensations) raised within the Department; preparing activity and spend reports, and identify opportunities to improve workflow.

The successful candidate will have experience of working in a busy purchasing or finance function within a large organisation; be confident and experienced in working on large-scale projects with multiple stakeholder groups; be highly numerate and have good oral and written communication skills; be skilled in dealing with financial or procurement controls and able to prioritise your own workload.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Interviews are expected to take place week beginning 10th June.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal enquiries please contact Niall Taylor at [email protected].

Please quote reference KA41540 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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Further information
  • Further particulars G6 Purchasing Supervisor
  • Department/Location

    Department of Physics, West Cambridge






    Assistant staff


    2 May 2024

    Closing date

    2 June 2024

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