Procurement Officer

Job details
Posting date: 26 September 2021
Salary: £25,627 to £30,497 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 17 October 2021
Location: Southampton, Hampshire
Company: University of Southampton
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 1515921RR

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Procurement Officer
Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £25,627 to £30,497
2x Full Time Permanent
Closing Date: Sunday 17 October 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 1515921RR
The University of Southampton’s mission is to change the world for the better. As a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, it is renowned for its innovation and enterprise and sits within the top 1% of universities worldwide. There are currently in excess of 24,000 students on campus in the UK. Using conventional business metrics, the University is a large enterprise with an annual turnover of over £500m and a staff establishment in excess of 5,000 FTE.

The Procurement team plays an important role in supporting colleagues in procuring a diverse range of goods, services and works which are critical to the successful operation of the University. As a Procurement Officer you will support Senior Category Managers in delivering a variety of procurements across a broad range of categories within a University environment.

The Higher Education sector is changing and so is the procurement service. Having expanded the team to ensure our procurement and contractual arrangements reflect the University strategy by embedding a category managed approach, delivering value for money through high quality arrangements. We have 2 Procurement Officer vacancies available following the recent promotion of current team members, demonstrating our commitment to supporting career development and progression.

As a member of the team, you will need a good level of commercial acumen and the ability to build strong, productive relationships with a diverse stakeholder group – including academic and research staff, heads of the University’s professional services functions and key external suppliers and partners.

You should have previous experience of working in a procurement environment, managing the day-to-day requirements of a contract, preparing and analysing data, ensuring compliance with internal & external procurement regulations, basic tendering and delivering savings & associated benefits. Please see the job specification for full role details.

The University of Southampton is a member of the prestigious Russell Group committed to attracting and supporting exceptional staff to deliver at the highest levels in all activities. In return, the University can offer an excellent package for staff recognising knowledge, experience and performance.

In addition to a competitive salary the University offers a generous benefits package including discounted access to sports, arts and cultural activities, with a generous holiday allowance - between 20 and 24 days leave after a qualifying period, plus 6 University closure days and standard bank holidays, totalling around 14 additional days' leave over and above your holiday allowance. We currently have a blended approach of working between home and the office (Highfield Campus).

We believe equality and diversity are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a vibrant, proud and successful organisation. We not only want to be a fair employer; we want to create a creative and caring environment for our staff and students to work and study in.

A diverse workforce, with people from different racial, educational and social backgrounds and a range of ages, opens up a wealth of possibilities for Southampton. It helps to encourage creativity and foster innovation, in turn enabling us to develop and grow towards our strategic ambitions. As such the procurement and wider finance department welcomes applications from all sections of the community. You can read more here Equality - Recruitment at the University of Southampton (

The University of Southampton reserves the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of applications or a suitable candidate is found. As a result, we recommend applicants to submit their applications in advance of the closing date to avoid potential disappointment.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email Please quote reference 1515921RR on all correspondence.

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