Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC243232
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 07 November 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Part Time
Closing Date 26 November 2017
Interview Date

Primary Tasks:

  • managing the Procurement function for BGS as part of the wider NERC/UKRI procurement network
  • working across the Finance and contracts teams to work closely with the scientists through a business partnering approach
  • reviewing UKSBS procurement contracts, writing clauses for those where required. Signing procurement contracts for BGS. Reviewing and agreeing Single sourcing actions where required
  • ensuring and introducing into BGS appropriate mechanisms and procedures to meet Government regulations and cabinet office controls
  • business partnering relevant project teams to enable the strategies for major purchases to be achieved
  • business partnering Project managers together with the contracts team to ensure that subcontracting and procurement boundaries are clear and structured to meet business objectives
  • understanding the UKSBS procedures and ORACLE system requirements to ensure that procurement processes are achieved
  • updating the procurement processes and guidance documents
  • proving input for BGS/NERC into future procurement process reviews and improvements.

Other Tasks:

Working closely with all parties including Scientists, Contracts, Finance sections and UKSBS to ensure that handover points of transactions are achieved.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • member of the CIPPS or actively studying (part qualified)
  • recent considerable experience of managing or playing a key role in the procurement function at an organisation
  • procurement experience at a public sector organisation subject to Government or other public sector controls or the university sector that has similar controls
  • understanding of procurement best practice
  • knowledge of Crown Commercial Contracts & other public sector procurement controls
  • knowledge of the OJEU tendering process
  • knowledge of procurement best practice in a public sector organisation
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • ability to train other colleagues
  • ability to empathise with the needs of the business and colleagues and relate this to your support role in the organisation
  • able to travel to all BGS sites occasionally - approximately one trip per month potentially involving an overnight stay
  • able to communicate and negotiate with stakeholders who may have competing objectives & priorities
  • confident in presenting information to stakeholders
  • work flexibly as part of a team
  • self starter – able to work independently 
  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development.


  • experience of working with a Shared Services Centre
  • experience of using the ORACLE EBS system, or other large ERP system
  • experience of implementing changes to procurement processes
  • ability to write & review contract clauses.

Working hours will be 22.2 per week (with a flexible working pattern, subject to being split over a minimum of 3 days per week) excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

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.

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