Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255013
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £49708 - £55231
Date Posted 10 September 2020
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 October 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £49,708 - £55,231 per annum, pro rata if part time
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time (Part Time considered minimum 22.5 hours a week)
Closing date: 11th October 2020


About the role


We now have a new opportunity for a skilled and experienced Commercial professional to join our Estates Services Function. The role will be focused on Estates and Construction and will provide expert input to the Estates Services, defining and implementing a procurement strategy, as well as contract management. You will have the ability to be innovative in achieving sustainable supply chains whilst working within the public procurement regulations.


The role is based within our small Estates team at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the Harwell Campus, but will also provide an aligned approach as the procurement and commercial lead to our Estates teams at our Daresbury Laboratory and Edinburgh site. This role will have a focus on Estates Services (including Facilities Management and Construction) who are currently responsible for around £100m per annum of capital resource and spend. Our procurement is varied, complete and programme orientated and is absolutely critical to support science delivery.


You will be the lead regarding Estates internal commercial and procurement matters, working closely with STFC and UKRI Procurement to ensure governance and compliance in contract management, procurement and corporate objectives. You will help to resolve internal procurement queries for the whole of STFC Estates and support the Head of Procurement to manage the relationship with our shared service centre, UKSBS.


You will lead the commercial relationship for our construction and facilities management contract and ensure they remain aligned with the set financial plans. You will be required to review our processes to identify areas for continuous improvement and identify benchmark opportunities within contracts through innovation and collaboration with our contractors.


The Estates Services Commercial Specialist will also be required to build and develop strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. You will be responsible for training the internal Estates teams on key procurement and commercial processes.


Further responsibilities:


  • Market analysis for technical procurements
  • Supporting and advising administration teams including Help Desk and Finance
  • Support of OJEU procurements, defining criteria in a complex environment
  • Demonstration of understanding contract management tools such as CAFM, CEMAR and payment systems
  • Advising customer on appropriate terms and conditions, setting standards, and ensuring ‘best fit’to achieve agreed procurement objectives
  • Managing complex one off contracts
  • Liaising with STFC Head of Procurement and STFC Finance teams on procurement practice and policy.

UK Shared Business Services (UKSBS) is currently undertaking the day-to-day sourcing and contracting function for the whole of STFC-UKRI. This role is required to provide strategic direction, planning, commercial decision making and contract management support for Estates services and provide a “voice of customer” role interacting with UKSBS on behalf of Estates Services.


Organization Description

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. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria


·         Substantial practical experience in the delivery of complex and high value procurement in the public/private sector

·         Ability to provide strategic procurement advice, and embed new processes into existing teams/supply chain

·         Demonstrate ability to review procurement processes and strategies, change and improve through continuous improvement

·         Proven ability in negotiation and managing suppliers

·         Ability to work within major projects teams, developing and implementing procurement plans and strategies

·         Experience in managing technical contracts, ability to evaluate risk and provide advice on mitigation

·         High levels of Continuing Professional Development

·         Able to interpret changes in procurement legislation and provide information and options to management

·         Computer literate and specifically knowledge of Microsoft office

·         Educated to degree level or equivalent.

Interview Criteria


·         Must have substantial practical experience of complex and high value procurement in the public and private sector, either client or contractor side

·         Demonstrable agile working, continuous improvement, use of benchmarking, customer focused

·         Ability to provide strategic procurement advice, and best practice

·         Comfortable liaising with stakeholders at all levels of a business

·         Proven ability in negotiation

·         Ability to work within major projects teams, developing and implementing procurement plans and strategies

·         Experience in managing technical contracts, ability to evaluate risk and provide advice on mitigation

·         Proactive approach to achieving goal

·         A high degree of interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work with others

·         High level of customer service skills

·         Ability to work under pressure, set goals and meet targets

·         Commercial role within FM/Construction sector i.e. previous QS background

·         Flexible approach to collaborating with people from other technical professions

·         Able to gather, analyse and interpret data to improve processes in support of procurement.



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Employee Benefits

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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.

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