UKRI
Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC254239
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £31305
Date Posted 25 June 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 July 2020
Interview Date 20 July 2020




Brief Description


Salary: £31,305 per annum
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th July 2020
Interview Date: W/C 20th July 2020

UKRI DD&T manage IT contracts and procurements across the UKRI, with a view to driving down costs and obtaining best value for money, through best practice management, achieving economies of scale and contract aggregation (across the former independent Research Councils).

You will report to the DDaT Contract Manager and work in the DDaT Business Operations Team. You will assist with identifying IT contracts which can be aggregated and managed centrally across UKRI. Providing guidance on the appropriate procurement process in line with the UKRI Procurement Policy. Your work will greatly contribute to providing value for money for UKRI.

You will engage with key stakeholders, including IT and Project managers, technical teams and various projects, to understand their requirements, advising how these are best met in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

You will have some experience of raising purchase orders and finance processes providing guidance and assistance to team members as required. Some experience and knowledge of GDPR would be beneficial.

The position is being advertised to eligible staff across the UK Research and Innovation partner organisations.

You will be based in the Nottingham Office although predominantly working from home for the foreseeable future in response to COVID19. Some travel to the Swindon Office in the longer term would be expected but not immediately under COVID19 restrictions.

Your responsibilities will include

  • Assisting the UKRI DD&T Contract Manager - you will take ownership of some of the UKRI contract renewals assisting UKRI colleagues accordingly
  • Assisting with cross UKRI DD&T procurement activities, providing guidance and working with UK SBS DDaT Procurement team where appropriate
  • Engaging with the relevant IT technical expertise across UKRI DD&T areas understanding where aggregation will bring about greater buying power and value for money across the board
  • You will be committed to familiarising yourself with and following up to date knowledge whilst following industry trends, Public Contracts Regulations (PCR) 2015, UKRI Procurement Policy
  • Following the implemented contract management plan to ensure suppliers adhere to agreed SLAs and KPIs throughout the contract lifecycle
  • Taking the lead in supplier engagement and management; building strong working relationships
  • Maintaining an up to date contract database which initiates contract renewals and reviews allowing sufficient time to perform the relevant end to end procurement ahead of the contract expiring
  • Following and promoting best practice to deliver an efficient, cost effective service to UKRI DD&T that is fit for the success of the Department
  • Keeping comprehensive records of all DD&T spend and income on IT procurements and recoveries
  • Working closely with the UKRI DDaT IT Contract Manager for assistance and guidance as and when required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following

  • Experience of working in a delivery focused IT service environment
  • Some knowledge and expertise in contract management
  • Some knowledge and expertise of GDPR
  • Responsible approach to decision making
  • Some experience of leading and managing a small team, delegating and setting clear objectives
  • Effective communication, written and oral
  • Some experience of overseeing and managing cross Council procurement activities
  • Knowledge of the various procurement routes to market with the ability to advise on the most appropriate where necessary
  • Ability to identify key stakeholders and actively engage with them on a routine basis
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to see the bigger picture, recognising the value of working with the wider DD&T Department wherever possible
  • Ability to work independently and lead work areas whilst also contributing to the wider team
  • Willingness to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

Organization Description


What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting Criteria

Essential

  • Some knowledge and expertise in contract management
  • Some knowledge and experience in GDPR
  • Some knowledge of the various procurement routes to market with the ability to advise on the most appropriate where necessary
  • Effective communication written and oral
  • Effective negotiation skills, leading to positive outcomes
  • Ability to understand and actively engage with stakeholders on a routine basis
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to recognise the value of working with the wider DD&T Department wherever possible
  • Ability to work independently and lead work areas whilst also contributing to the wider team
  • Responsible approach to decision making.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a delivery focused IT service environment
  • Experience of leading a small team
  • Willingness to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

Interview Criteria

Essential

  • Some knowledge and expertise in contract management
  • Some knowledge and experience in GDPR
  • Some knowledge of the various procurement routes to market with the ability to advise on the most appropriate where necessary
  • Effective communication written and oral skills
  • Effective negotiation skills, leading to positive outcomes
  • Ability to understand and actively engage with stakeholders on a routine basis
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to recognise the value of working with the wider DD&T Department wherever possible
  • Ability to work independently and lead work areas whilst also contributing to the wider team
  • Responsible approach to decision making.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a delivery focused IT service environment
  • Experience of leading and managing a small team
  • Willingness to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Limited parking subject to waiting list.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.
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