Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Corporate Hub
Reference Number IRC255912
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38969
Date Posted 16 November 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 December 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,969 per annum
Grade: UKRI E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 4th December 2020

Detailed Description

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. 

For clarity, this role (RAL Procurement Manager) sits within the procurement activity of the Directorate and has responsibilities covering RAL. 

Purpose of the role

  • To provide 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
  • To keep local end users up-to-date with best practice in public procurement
  • Act as initial contact and escalation route to the local Commercial Business Partner
  • Support the development of local procurement and contract management skill.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • 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 UKRI
  • Involvement in local commercial assurance, planning and in-house Contract Management
  • Build collaborative relationships with local stakeholders, acting as initial escalation point for key decision making and medium 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
  • Maintain up to date project case folders for performance management and audit purposes
  • Act as a role model of commercial professionalism within area of responsibility and
  • Other duties as agreed from time-to-time with line manager.

 Key Areas of Accountability

  • Accountable for most procurement matters for allocated user group
  • Commercial risk management
  • Procurement benefit realisation
  • General support and escalation route for local Contract Management
  • Relationships with key commercial stakeholders.

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:

  • Higher Education level qualifications
  • MCIPs qualified or working towards.

 Technical skills, experience:

  • Significant experience and knowledge of public procurement including PCR regulations and related processes
  • Experience of procuring highly technical products and services in a complex organisation
  • Supervisory experience in a public sector environment
  • Substantial experience in a procurement role in a technical organisation
  • Experience of contract and supplier management
  • Skilled in the production of procurement documents including specification development
  • Experience of using e-sourcing applications
  • Experience of procurement risk identification, management and mitigation
  • Ability to interpret procurement terms and conditions to ensure suitability.

 Personal attributes:

  • Customer focused - committed to an ethos of an accountable, cost effective, high-quality, customer-driven service delivery
  • Analytical, able to identify risk and provide valid resolution
  • Able to provide leadership on the creation of clear and relevant tender evaluation models
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels
  • Ability to explain technical procurement procedures and provide training and advice to a wide audience
  • Good commercial awareness and a confident negotiator.

Some occasional travel may be required in this role, to other UKRI sites and to visit key suppliers as necessary.

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:

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