12 month fixed term contract
Location : Maclaurin Building, Bishops Square
The University of Hertfordshire is one of the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings 2015 with a truly international community our student community of over 25,300 includes more than 2,800 overseas students from 100 different countries.
The procurement department are responsible for circa £110 million non-pay expenditure. This post shall contribute to make the procurement department integral in being a strategic function across the University group and continue the departments evolution upwards on its Procurement Maturity Assessment journey and deliver greater Value for Money outcomes for both capital and revenue expenditure.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The Purchasing Officer post is the conduit between Strategic Business Units (SBUs) and the University Contract Managers to ensure that the procure-
to-pay (P2P) process is performed in accordance with the University Policies and Regulations (UPRs) to allow the University to build on its professional reputation to its numerous stakeholders both internally and externally.
Purchasing Officers provide guidance to SBU stakeholders to channel expenditure towards existing contracts or preferred supply routes for contract adherence and economies of scale savings with regular reporting to achieve this.
You will be responsible for ensuring procurement policies and procedures are met by all SBUs ensuring a consistent approach to purchasing across the institution.
In addition to, Collating purchase Requisitions as directed by the SBUs to ensure all necessary documentation is attached for Purchasing Administrator to enter in to the finance system.
Skills and Experience
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, and conscientious individual with a strong commitment to procurement business acumen and customer service.
You will need to demonstrate purchasing skills, IT skills, a methodical approach and attention to detail with strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.
You will have a proven aptitude for team working whilst still being able to work on own initiative to deliver desired outcomes.
Proven substantial administrative experience in financial / procurement office is an essential requirement of this role.
Experience of working in a purchasing environment or a CIPS qualification would be an advantage.
A Levels or equivalent or proven experience