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Buying and Administrative Assistant


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £17,408 to £19,730 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 21 December 2018
Interview Date:   Monday 14 January 2019
Reference:  1084018RR

The University of Southampton is among the UK’s top research-intensive universities, with an international reputation for its research, teaching and enterprise activities. As an organisation we have more than 23,500 current students; 16,000 undergraduates plus 7,000 postgraduates and researchers, and we employ in excess of 5,000 full time equivalent staff. 

The University of Southampton is one of the world’s leading universities. We are consistently placed in the top 100 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings. Using conventional business metrics, the University is a large enterprise with an annual turnover of over £500m.

The strategic sourcing and procurement service plays an important role in supporting colleagues in procuring a diverse range of goods, services and works, which are critical to the successful operation of the University.  As a Buying and Administrative Assistant you will support the cost efficient and timely sourcing of goods and services, to deliver maximum value for money and benefit to the University.  You will be working with external suppliers and internal stakeholders across the University.

The Higher Education sector is changing and so is our service provision, we are reorganising to ensure our buying processes reflect the University’s strategy by embedding a category managed approach aligned with strong commercial contract and supplier management, delivering value for money through high quality arrangements. As a member of the team, you will be responsible for providing straight forward advice and administrative support to colleagues with their sourcing requirements.

As a strong administrator you should be able to efficiently organise your work activities, present a calm and professional manner with excellent interpersonal skills, and actively support the team’s strategic objective of ‘Simply Better’. Please see the job specification for full role details. 

The University of Southampton is a member of the prestigious Russell Group committed to attracting and supporting exceptional staff to deliver at the highest levels in all activities. In return the University can offer an excellent package for staff on the basis of recognition of knowledge, experience and performance.

In addition to a competitive salary the University offers a highly attractive pension scheme with employee and employer contribution. The University also offers a holiday allowance of 20 days annual leave (increasing by 1 day with each additional complete year of service, to a maximum of 24 days), plus 6 University closure days and 8 bank holidays. 

Interviews will take place the 14th or 22nd of January 2019.  

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Elsa Samwell (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1084018RR on all correspondence.

Please note: The University Recruitment department will be closed from close of business on Thursday 20th December 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019, so we will not be able to assist you with any application queries during this time.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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