UKRI
Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Corporate Hub
Reference Number IRC254691
Location Cambridge See on Map
Salary £49708 - £55231
Date Posted 31 July 2020
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 August 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £49,708 - £55,231 per annum (Depending on experience)
Grade: F
Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th August 2020
Location: Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), Cambridge

The UKRI Commercial Directorate is responsible for both procurement and non-procurement commercial activities within UKRI.

For procurement activities, the Directorate is responsible for assurance and the complete procurement cycle from beginning to end, including planning, sourcing and contract management for goods, services and works for the Organisation, in a legally compliant manner whilst obtaining value for money.

For non-procurement commercial activities, the Directorate provides commercial advice, operational support and assurance on non-procurement commercial activities and other contractual arrangements to support relevant business areas within UKRI to achieve their objectives. 

Purpose of the role

  • Locally sited management representation of the Commercial Directorate to ensure key local input into plans, policy and process and as a means of communication same back out to local end users 
  • To provide a leadership role for all procurement matters, at all values and including all methods of procurement within the local procurement team
  • Act as a focal point for local stakeholders, developing local procurement strategies and value for money with them, while ensuring UKRI policy is followed
  • To drive continued improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness and value for money both at a local level but also in support of the central procurement function
  • Provision of expert advice on all aspects of procurement regulations and controls
  • Development and support of local procurement, and contract management skill
  • To lead on local supplier relationship management activity for strategic suppliers on behalf of the UKRI central procurement function
  • To keep the local Commercial team and end users up-to-date with best practice in public procurement
  • Act as key contact and escalation route to Head of Commercial
  • To provide and use procurement Management Information to support decision making.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all local procurement and the development of a highly professional in-house capability for complex procurement
  • As part of the Commercial Directorate senior management team, responsible to support cross-group cooperation on procurement strategy, tactics, process and policy
  • Oversee the provision of expert commercial advice and support to improve business outcomes, ensure legal and policy compliance and deliver value for money
  • Ensure local procurement is undertaken using the most appropriate route to market to deliver best value and compliance to regulation and policy
  • Lead local complex commercial negotiations, from inception to completion, making decisions that will lead to added value for the taxpayer
  • Develop local resource, commercial assurance, planning and in-house Contract Management skills in coordination with Commercial Directorate plans
  • Support local issues associated with procurement undertaken by UK SBS including decision making to ensure value for money and assurance
  • Provide challenge and support to key projects and programmes to ensure their commercial approach delivers value and controls risk
  • Build collaborative relationships with local stakeholders, acting as escalation point for key decision making and high value contract sign-off
  • Use tools/techniques to assess relevant supply market, risks, level of competition, trends and new opportunities to inform market understanding
  • Use MI and datasets to facilitate local commercial decision making and planning
  • Act as a role model of commercial professionalism within area of responsibility and the wider community
  • Other duties as agreed from time-to-time with line manager.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Management of local Procurement staff
  • Commercial risk management
  • Procurement benefit realisation
  • Leadership and escalation route for local Contract Management
  • Relationships with key commercial stakeholders
  • Accountable to the Head of Commercial for ensuring compliance with Procurement Policy
  • Local GPC compliance
  • Support to audit and resolution of associated actions.

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 and Interview Criteria

Education, qualification and training:

  • Degree level in a commercial discipline or equivalent
  • MCIPs qualified.

Technical skills, experience:

  • Demonstrable experience of managing and leading teams effectively
  • Significant experience and knowledge of managing complex commercial transactions
  • Management-level commercial experience gained in a complex organisation
  • Experience of delivering complex procurement projects in a public sector environment
  • Experience in a procurement role providing procurement support to a highly technical organisation
  • Experience of contract and supplier management, including dispute resolution
  • Experience of procurement risk identification, management and mitigation
  • Ability to understand, interpret, advise, amend and negotiate contracts terms.

Personal attributes:

  • Customer focused - committed to an ethos of an accountable, cost effective, high-quality, customer-driven service delivery
  • Able to present clear and logical reasons for proposals
  • Analytical and able to use facts and data to assist with commercial decision making
  • A natural problem solver
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels
  • Ability to explain technical procurement procedures and provide training and advice to a wide audience
  • High degree of commercial awareness and a confident negotiator.

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.

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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