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Rothamsted Research

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Head of Procurement

Location:
Harpenden
Work Area:
Purchasing
Closing Date:
02 Aug 2019
Overview Of Role

We have an exciting opening for a Head of Procurement to join Rothamsted in a newly created role reporting to and working closely with the Finance Director. Being the lone procurement role with the institute, the role holder will need to be self-motivated and proactive in seeking opportunities to enhance the procurement practices of the institute and supporting departments in their purchasing to ensure optimum value for money.  The introduction of a new ERP on 1st August marks a transition and the opportunity for the new Head of Procurement to provide a strategic lead and direction in overall procurement within the institute.

The Head of Procurement will be responsible for realising and delivering cost savings and working with management and all stakeholders, ensuring conformity of approach across the institute to deliver better value for money and service provision. The role will include managing relationships with all the institute’s suppliers and leading on the tendering process forlarge strategic purchases.  Hands on procurement experience with a strategic scope is essential. 

The successful candidate will be a holder of a recognised purchasing qualification and be able to demonstrate exceptional knowledge of current procurement law and practice.You will have excellent communication and negotiation skills together with a customer service approach.

Interviews will be held on 12 August 2019.  
About The Company
Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance,  enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.  We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities.