Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC245994
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £37789
Date Posted 19 July 2018
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 August 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th August 2018



The Commercial Business Partner (Central) is a new role reporting to the Head of Commercial Business Partner Management who in turn reports to the UKRI Head of Commercial.


The UKRI Commercial Function is made up of ten Commercial Business Partners, each directing procurement for specific Centres and Councils across UKRI. The function provides both strategic and operational leadership and decision making in a situation where key procurement services (including sourcing and contracting) are undertaken by a third party shared service (the UK SBS). 

The purpose of this role is specifically to direct procurement for UKRI Councils:

  1. Research England
  2. Innovate UK
  3. ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC (together PSU)
  4. Head Office functions of NERC, BBSRC and UKRI Corporate.

Responsibilities (in relation to named groups above) include:

  • input to UKRI/UK SBS process improvement
  • key contact on all procurement matters 
  • management of procurement issues including liaison with project/budget managers and UK SBS
  • coordination of procurement planning
  • coordination and escalation point for Contract Management
  • regular support and advice on procurement matters including policy, process, route to market, tender evaluation, contract management etc.
  • authority for sign-off of contracts and other commercial matters
  • liaison with UK SBS on procurement matters and service issues
  • data collection and reporting (internally)
  • escalation of local issues
  • coordination of local procurement/commercial training
  • contact point for internal/external audit of procurement and responsible owner of associated actions
  • contact point for FOI questions, spend and category analysis etc.

The individual will work in the same manner as the Commercial Business Partners based at other UKRI sites, all of who have a collective responsibility for support on operational commercial matters.  

Staff Management:

The Commercial Business Partner (Central) will not have responsible for the management of staff in the initial period but may have in the longer term upon development of the function itself. The role will include important responsibilities for leading and guiding a very wide range of technical end-user staff in undertaking procurement.

Level of authority:

The role will have a high degree of authority and influence over a spend of circa £160m pa. Individual purchases range from low value commodities to complex procurement arrangements for the supply of research services. The role will provide leadership on professional Contract Management to ensure the organisation receives the required level of service from its partner and suppliers for some of the groups.


The role will interact with:

  • the network of other Commercial Business Partners across UKRI
  • individual UK SBS Procurement Officers and Heads of Procurement
  • the Head of Commercial Business Partner Management and the UKRI Head of Commercial 
  • UKRI Legal group 
  • Operation and Finance Heads.

Responsibilities will be carried out by direct contact with internal stakeholders, particularly on operational matters.


As the role entails the management and support to a number of UKRI groups there will be a regular need to travel – mainly between sites in London, Swindon and Bristol.


Is flexible around the UKRI sites that the role has responsibility for.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity;Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives;Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria:


  • substantial Procurement Manager experience
  • public Procurement knowledge and experience
  • contract management experience and knowledge
  • excellent communicator and influencer
  • experience in the management of complicated procurement projects.


  • experience of supporting procurement in a highly technical environment.



MCIPs or equivalent.

Employee Benefits

UKRI recognises and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

Please note: candidates must have the right to work in the UK as UKRI does not hold a sponsorship licence.

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