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Buying and Administrative Assistant


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £18,009 to £20,130 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 01 January 2020
Interview Date:   Wednesday 22 January 2020
Reference:  1216719RR

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, including 16,000 undergraduates, 7000 postgraduates and researchers, we employ in excess of 5,000 FTE staff. 

The strategic sourcing and procurement service play 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.

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. 

Good IT skills including the Microsoft Office package are required, and experience using Agresso or a similar complex finance software package is preferred.

The University offers a generous benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, discounted access to sports & fitness, arts and cultural activities, private healthcare and more.

A generous holiday allowance is offered – up to 20 days annual leave (after a qualifying period), plus 6 paid University closure days, as well as the 8 standard bank holidays.

Salary in line with Level 2a on the University’s pay scale, currently in the range of £18,009- £20,130.

Interviews will take place between the 13th & 15th January 2020.

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 Daniel Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1216719RR on all correspondence.

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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