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IT Procurement Manager

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Recruiter: Cambridge Assessment
Listed on: 11th September
Location: Cambridge
Salary Notes: Circa £55,000
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP

Help us apply Agile in Procurement

We are looking for an agile focused IT Procurement Manager to partner with a fast-paced IT team, building cutting edge digital products, applying Agile development methodologies.

Cambridge Assessment is undertaking a rapid digital transformation programme which is putting the customer at the heart of everything we do, as we migrate from traditional paper-based examination delivery systems and processes, to computer based delivery. 

It's exciting times as Procurement acts as an enabler to meet this challenge, by procuring a broad array of technologies and services using Agile Procurement techniques.

We have already begun pioneering Agile practices in the team and are looking for someone to bring their Agile IT Procurement Management skills and help us evolve even further.

As well as growing your skills and experience further on challenging and stimulating projects, you'll make a difference to projects that will be delivering a real difference to learners across the world.

Leading the way

Providing commercial and contractual leadership for the digital transformation programme, you will implement the procurement strategy in all technology products and services purchases.

As part of a cross functional team for the digital transformation programme, you will lead negotiations with suppliers, whilst influencing internal stakeholders regarding commercial decisions.  Ensuring that your personal knowledge of contract legislation is maintained current so that Cambridge Assessment's contract risks are minimised.

Value for money

Developing and managing contractual relationships, with suppliers (large and small) to exploit synergies, consolidate volumes and ensuring value for money by balancing costs, performance and risks, you will also explore synergies with Cambridge University Press and the wider Cambridge University. You will ensure that benefits of contracts are fully understood and exploited for Cambridge Assessment.

Supplier performance

Developing and continuously improving Agile procurement practices you will ensure the rapid delivery of cost-effective high-quality technology products, initially for the programme, and potentially more broadly across Cambridge Assessment.

Responsible for identifying KPI's and benchmarks for suppliers you will gain input from the end user community, and evidence how they demonstrate value for money, providing regular reports on trends and markets to the Senior management teams.

What we're looking for

With a Certificate in Procurement (CIP) and demonstrable experience in a senior Procurement or Supply Chain role, you will also have good knowledge and experience of Agile Procurement, ideally in an IT setting. 

In addition to strong negotiation skills you will have a ‘Technology mind set' with a demonstrable ability to learn new technologies, their capabilities and understand user stories to formulate effective negotiation strategies and agreement structures.  Also, your experience of rationalising the supplier base to generate cost savings is of great interest to us.

Thought leadership and strong influencing skills at all levels are key, as are good presentation and communication skills.  With a high degree of literacy, numeracy, and accuracy you will be comfortable analysing financial data, balance sheets, reports and cost centres. 

You will have the ability to work on a wide range of procurements simultaneously (mega vendors/small suppliers/SaaS etc.) In addition, you'll have Strategic Supplier Relationship skills, with strong knowledge of standard SLAs and KPIs.  Essential is your experience of managing commercial risk mitigation and supplier due diligence.

In terms of systems, we use, Microsoft 365 applications, including Teams, Atlassian applications Jira and Confluence.  Good knowledge of purchasing systems and purchase order approval flow, SAP SRM or similar would be an advantage.

Who we are

Cambridge Assessment is Europe's largest assessment group, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 170 countries every year. The Group is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation. We comprise three main business units: Cambridge Assessment International Examinations, Cambridge Assessment English and OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations). We also partner very closely with another of Cambridge Universities businesses the Cambridge University Press as well as Cambridge University itself.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.

Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone's contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28/09/2020 and interviews will be held on TBC.

If you're successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.

CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

Contact Name: Cambridge Assessment
Reference: TJ/4353/619376201
Job ID: 2853204



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