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Location: England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon

assistant procurement manager

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon

Job Description

Do you thrive in an environment where your expertise directly impacts world-changing innovation?

UKAEA, the UK's leading research institute for fusion energy, is seeking a passionate Procurement Support Specialist to join our growing team. You'll play a vital role in delivering exceptional procurement support across our R&D portfolio, ensuring we secure the best value for money while adhering to the highest standards.

What you'll do:

  • Provide expert advice and guidance on complex tenders and projects, driving successful procurement for our R&D activities.
  • Be a trusted advisor, supporting colleagues in delivering a first-class procurement service.
  • Safeguard UKAEA's compliance with EU regulations, UK directives, and relevant legislation.
  • Negotiate with external companies to secure commercially advantageous agreements.
  • Offer strategic commercial advice to senior management on various contractual approaches.
  • Participate actively in problem-solving and decision-making processes to define accurate specification requirements.
  • Oversee contracts from tendering to completion, including bid evaluation, value-for-money assessments, negotiation, claims resolution, and contract closure.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of our procurement practices, policies, and terms & conditions.
  • Champion UKAEA policies and procedures in all aspects of your work.

You bring the following:

  • Working towards MCIPS qualification (or equivalent procurement qualification).
  • Proven experience in public sector procurement with a strong understanding of OJEU regulations.
  • A well-developed technical understanding of diverse procurement categories.
  • Strategic procurement knowledge and experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • A keen commercial sense with a strong customer focus.
  • Proven negotiation skills, with some familiarity with NEC contract forms.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team and thrive in a collaborative environment.

We offer:

  • The opportunity to make a real difference in the field of fusion energy research.
  • A stimulating and dynamic work environment with a focus on innovation.
  • The chance to develop your expertise alongside a dedicated and supportive team.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package.

Rullion celebrates and supports diversity and is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.

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