The Open University

Buyer

Location
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Salary
£32,548 to £38,833
Posted
15 Jan 2018
Closes
25 Jan 2018
Sector
IT, Purchasing
Contract Type
Temporary/Seasonal
Hours
Full Time

Buyer

Finance Division

£32,548 to £38,833 Ref: 14346

Specific focus on IT related procurement

Temporary contract until 31 December 2019

Based in Milton Keynes

The Open University is one of the UK’s most respected national institutions and the market leader in distance higher education. Since it opened to students in 1971, it has been inspiring learning and creating higher educational opportunities to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential, whatever their previous academic attainments. It has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching and confirmed its enormous reach through its use of open educational resources.

We are seeking a self-motivated Procurement Professional with a background in Public Sector Procurement to join our centralised Procurement Team.  You will take a lead role in the tendering process, with some management of supply and service contracts. You will be flexible and responsive to change, have strong negotiation and communication skills and be able to drive forward projects. You will have a specific focus on IT related procurement, having experience of managing procurement exercises via public sector frameworks such as the GCloud and the Digital Outcomes frameworks is valuable.

You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent), be CIPS qualified (MCIPS) or in the final stages of obtaining this accreditation and have procurement experience, ideally gained in the Public Sector or HE environment. Working knowledge of public sector procurement procedures, including EU procurement directives and relevant legislation is essential.

This is a challenging but rewarding opportunity for a strongly motivated buyer wanting to contribute to the on-going success of the University.

For detailed information and how to apply click APPLY, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator, on +44(0)1908 653853 or email Finance-Recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number. 

Closing date: 12 Noon 25 January 2018

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