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Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £20,275 to £24,029 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Sunday 28 July 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1158619RR

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 Buyer you will play a vital role in ensuring cost efficient and timely sourcing of goods and services, to deliver maximum value for money and benefit to 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 advice and technical expertise to support colleagues with their sourcing requirements, and maintaining records within the financial systems.

You should have previous experience in a purchasing role and a proven track record of efficiently and effectively sourcing goods and services. 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. 

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 Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1158619RR on all correspondence.

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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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