Senior Contract Manager

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Professional/Support
Full Time Salary: £43,790 to £51,517 per annum (Discretionary range to £59,245)
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 07/03/2021
Ref No: 10503

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.

About the Role
We now have a new opportunity for a Senior Contract Manager to join our small Procurement team, reporting to the Head of Procurement.

The Senior Contract Manager will work closely with our Technical and Scientific teams to ensure that the most appropriate Procurement solutions are undertaken which then translate into successful projects for Diamond.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the timely delivery of contracts to Diamond.
  • Managing high value / complex procurements from tender through to contract completion.
  • Managing supplier relationships to ensure performance is in line with expectations, to ensure the supply chain works to meet Diamond’s objectives, and resolving any disputes.
  • Preparation and issuing of invitations to tender (EU and UK), evaluating bids, analysing, negotiating, placing contracts and de-briefing suppliers.

Diamond is planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II, and this role will also play a significant part in contributing to the upgrade.

This role may involve some international travel to visit suppliers in Europe and further afield while monitoring supplier performance.

About You
You should be working towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (or similar professional qualification) or demonstrate extensive equivalent experience.

You will have an established track record of managing high value / complex procurements from tender through to contract completion in a technically challenging environment.

You will demonstrate knowledge of different procurement routes, with experience of selecting the most advantageous, along with experience of contractual dispute resolution.

We welcome applications from candidates who have either a Commercial or Public Sector background, but knowledge of the UK Public Procurement regulations will be an advantage.

You will display good interpersonal, communication, negotiation and presentational skills in order to manage supplier relationships and provide professional procurement advice to Diamond staff.

Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities.

To Apply
Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 39 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.

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