Organisation UK SBS
Organisation Detail UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Reference Number IRC243129
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £45083 - £45083
Date Posted 23 January 2018
Grade UK SBS-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 February 2018
Interview Date

Salary: From £45,083
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Location: Swindon or Newport
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th February 2018

The UK SBS award winning Procurement directorate applies best practise procurement to deliver savings for our partners, using a professional and strategic approach. We work to deliver value for money while achieving commercial outcomes.

You will develop category strategies for defined products and services and fully analyse expenditure and key business drivers within your area of responsibility.  You will be expected to identify opportunities for improvement in supplier dealings to deliver cost savings and quality improvements, along with market analysis and application and developing an external category network.

You will have attained the relevant CIPS qualification or have significant sector experience at the appropriate level and be willing to work towards CIPS accreditation.

We are able to offer flexibility with location, this role can be based in Newport or Swindon.

Within this role, you will be required to:

  • provide sourcing services for purchases above OJEU thresholds
  • guide and support the client’s procurement community in the use of e-procurement tools
  • ensure adherence by team members to Government regulations regarding the advertising and publishing of opportunities via the Official journal of the European Union (OJEU), the Contracts Finder tool and other initiatives
  • provide Client Relationship Management services.

Individual responsibilities will include:

  • ensuring a quality service by team members to partners within SLAs
  • providing sourcing solutions for requirements over OJEU thresholds
  • supporting individual, team and department savings and delivery targets
  • resolving client and supplier queries
  • providing ad-hoc and routine reporting as directed by the Head of Procurement
  • ensuring implementation and enforcement of policies and procedures for the team, including recent Government requirements and initiatives.

Team responsibilities will include:

  • approval and escalation point for procurements over £100,000 and below £250,000 in value
  • approval and escalation point for Single Sourcing Actions (SSAs) up to £50,000 in value
  • assisting in the preparation of operational reports and financial planning
  • supporting and advise partners on procurement of non-catalogue items over OJEU thresholds within the parameters of the Procurement Policies and Government requirements and initiatives
  • acting up for the Head of Procurement as required.

Shortlisting criteria


  • experienced in advanced purchasing techniques (e.g. OJEU) and purchasing platforms
  • proven ability to communicate verbally and written with a wide range of internal and external customers
  • excellent team-working skills
  • accurate and a keen eye for detail
  • motivated and willing to learn
  • high level of analytical skills
  • coaching and mentoring experience
  • specific detailed experience of working within a Category Management approach.


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • excellent level in Microsoft Office products; Excel, Word and Outlook, confident using Excel for analytical purposes
  • experience of e-Sourcing applications
  • experience managing a team
  • experience in the procurement of outsourcing contracts
  • knowledge of EU procurement directives
  • experience of working in a large dispersed organisation
  • experience of working within a Shared Services Environment.

UK SBS offers a competitive salary, defined pension scheme and 28 days annual leave rising to 30 days after 2 years of service. Additional benefits include lifestyle and health care benefits, childcare vouchers, season ticket loans and possible learning and development opportunities.

UK SBS is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We would like to see the number of people with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities increase as a proportion of our workforce and so their applications are particularly welcome. At UK SBS, we value the diversity of our employees and strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability.

Candidates will be reviewed and interviewed on an on-going basis. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early and so early applications are encouraged.

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote the appropriate reference number when calling.