A fantastic opportunity to join Northumbria University as a Category Specialist.
Northumbria is a research-intensive, modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It was named UK University of the Year 2022 in the Times Higher Education Awards.
The University has its origins in the Rutherford College, founded in 1880. Today, by putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a challenger institution, transforming to take on tomorrow.
Northumbria is ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research power, according to the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework. The University is also ranked top 25 in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment, with nine out of ten graduates working or studying six months after graduation.
Northumbria works with major employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University's programmes. Innovative and entrepreneurial, we are also ranked top 5 in the UK, and first in the region, for graduate business start-ups.
One of the largest universities in the UK, Northumbria works in partnership with higher education institutions across the world and attracts students from 137 countries.
Responsible for all aspects of developing and implementing an operational category plan and the underlying sourcing plans, supplier and contract management as well as policy and regulatory compliance
Lead, develop and implement the Procurement and Operational Management Plan for the assigned Category, including
- Setting the direction of the assigned Category, leading the development and implementation of the Operational Category Plan based on market knowledge and (Category) data analysis in order to support the University's strategic goals
- Developing and implementing sourcing plans for new projects and key renewals ensuring that these strategies deliver clear Value for Money benefits, both through the achievement of direct procurement savings, and through integration into and proactive influencing of finance and other activities across the University
- Providing operational commercial and procurement advice to key stakeholders as well as procurement process advice to stakeholders and other teams involved in or dependent on procurement activities
- Running tenders and leading supplier commercial and contract negotiations
- Review and negotiate commercial and operational contractual documents with minimal support from Legal Services
- Implement effective supplier and contract management for key suppliers, including management of KPIs and performance dashboards
- Supporting the Head of Procurement with ensuring that effective arrangements are in place for compliance with both external and internal procurement regulations and achieving sustainability and socio-economic targets.
- Provide input into the development of costing and pricing for commercial bids and implementation of income/grant-funded projects, ensuring that this underpins commercial procurement decisions and funding rules where required
- Support the Head of Procurement to manage a high performing, customer/commercially focused Procurement team
- Coaching, as appropriate, junior members of the Procurement and Shared Services team
- Supporting (as appropriate) the implementation of relevant audit recommendations.
- Demonstrable ability to build successful, cooperative and collaborative relationships and partnerships internally and externally.
- Analytical and problem-solving capabilities and ability to produce innovative solutions
- Strong influencing skills and the ability to persuade others
- Personal strength of character, professional independence and integrity, and a commitment to transparency, honesty and fairness
- Strong strategic focus and commercial sensitivity and acumen
- Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills with the ability to clearly articulate complex issues
- Building relationships with key stakeholders to achieve a position as trusted advisor on procurement matters
- Knowledge of current procurement standards and regulations and implementing strategies to ensure compliance with these
- Basic salary 31,642 - 38,093
- 35 days annual leave with the option to buy up to 10 days extra. This is in addition to bank/public holidays and closure between Christmas and New Year.
- Excellent Pension
- Hybrid working model with 3 days on site at Northumbria University campus, Newcastle