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Deputy Director of Procurement

Are you a dynamic procurement professional with a broad background in both strategic and operational purchasing with excellent influencing and negotiating skills? Can you demonstrate experience of leading complex procurement projects working alongside senior stakeholders and managing systems implementation and change programmes?  Do you have a pragmatic and flexible approach?  

The University’s Purchasing service is a fully centralised department with 50 staff delivering both operational and strategic purchasing accounting for an annual non-pay spend of approximately £300m and some 100,000 individual purchasing transactions. The procurement service supports all activities of the organisation including academic and non-academic, e.g. research, teaching, facilities, IT and professional services.  

You will support the Director of Procurement in the management of the procurement function, shaping and supporting the development and implementation of procurement across the University, making a significant contribution to University strategy and policy in relation to financial sustainability and value for money.

With experience of operating within a senior purchasing role, you will have a proven track record of successful achievement in procurement and contracting, in particular in relation to high level, complex negotiations and in implementing procurement strategies in support of strategic objectives.

The ability to develop and maintain effective professional working relationships and build trust and credibility with senior University staff is key, as well as an ability to effectively engage and empathise with the academic environment and to establish sector leading effective professional practice. With experience of managing staff, strong leadership, interpersonal and team working skills and an ability to demonstrate political awareness, you will lead the changes required to streamline procurement processes, ensuring that the benefits of change are realised with minimal adverse impact.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Tim Brannon, Director of Procurement

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6030, email: 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Purchasing
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 9
Salary:  £50,132 to £58,089 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Tuesday 09 July 2019
Closing Date:  Friday 02 August 2019
Interview Date:  Monday 09 September 2019
Reference:  CSPUR1032
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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