Procurement & Commercial Contracts Officer Ref 2245

School/department: Finance - Procurement & Commercial Services 
Hours:Full or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE 
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 2245
Salary: starting at £33,797 and rising to £40,322 per annum
Placed on: 06 November 2019 
Closing date:  6 December 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: As soon as possible

*** Previous applicants need not apply ***

Job description

As part of the continued growth and drive for excellence, the University is seeking a dynamic Procurement professional, to form part of a crucial procurement and commercial team within this unique environment.

The successful candidate will have a strong procurement background, and will also be able to demonstrate knowledge and ideally experience of IT functions in a complex environment. You will demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects with varied levels of complexities and dependencies. Working with the Procurement & Commercial Contracts Manager for IT, you will support a number of initiatives linked to our challenging strategy, Sussex2025.

Reporting to the Head of Procurement & Commercial Services, the successful candidate will:  

  • Support the development and implementation of strategic procurement and category management plans
  • Provide practical procurement guidance (Ensuring compliance with EU legislation);
  • Support IT Services to deliver a range of crucial services, including the procurement of a range of systems and services;
  • Plan, lead and conduct a range of  procurement exercises on behalf of the University;
  • Ensure the robust management and  ownership of supplier contracts;
  • Engage with relevant suppliers and undertake category management activities as required;
  • Analyse historic spend data with a view to generating more efficient ways of working;
  • Review existing procurement frameworks and suppliers to support a drive for continuous improvement;
  • Work with high level stakeholders to support skills development within contracting and procurement activities. 

This crucial role will be working closely with Procurement and IT Services. You will play a vital role in delivering value-for-money, strong long-term relationships, excellent buying decisions and minimised risk. The post-holder will support the management of contracts and work with stakeholders to problem solve where necessary.

The University is a large and constantly developing business, highly complex and hugely rewarding in an enviable setting. This is a rare opportunity for an exceptional candidate to determine the evolution of a key function within our business. This rewarding, fast-paced and complex position, will provide challenge and diversity in abundance. 

The University of Sussex is a dynamic, innovative, top 20 university. With a campus based in the South Downs National Park but just a few minutes from the city of Brighton and Hove, it provides an excellent working environment in a remarkable setting, combined with all that the city has to offer.

Creative thinking, intellectual challenge and collaborative working are fundamental to a Sussex education and that is reflected in our workplace too. So this is an exciting chance to join a team working at the centre of the University, with a genuine opportunity for career progression.

Download job description and person specification Ref 2245 [PDF 490.17KB]

How to apply

Download our professional services application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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