Career Opportunities

As a Centre of Expertise, APUC strives to attract and retain the best people to lead the transformation of procurement across Scotland's universities and colleges.

APUC encourages achievement of appropriate professional qualifications and further skills development as part of a continuing professional development programme for a high calibre workforce.

Current opportunities

Company Human Resources Manager
Salary circa £34-41k pa (FTE equivalent)
Location: Head Office, Central Stirling

Due to continued development of APUC, the company wishes to expand the amount of Human Resources expertise available to it and employ an experienced HR Manager on a circa 0.5 FTE basis (previously it obtained circa one day a week of high quality HR expertise from one of its member institutions to cover this service).

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the HR Manager is a key part of the Corporate Services team. This is an excellent opportunity to work within a varied and diverse organisation, delivering across the whole range of Human Resources and Staff Development activities. The role will be empowered and will work autonomously for much of its brief.

The post holder will be a highly pro-active corporate minded Human Resources professional, a self-starter, able to operate effectively on their own initiative. The role will be responsible for managing / guiding / delivering as appropriate, the overall provision of HR and SD services to APUC, while ensuring that HR & SD policies, procedures, practices and tools support the organisation to meet strategic objectives whilst ensuring compliance with legislative requirements and best practice. A full job description can be found here

The post will be a dynamic one and the post holder must be flexible to accommodate constantly changing needs of the role. The post holder is required to demonstrate excellent gravitas and self-confidence, and operate to the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behaviour at all times.

The role offers competitive remuneration, a positive working environment and optional pension arrangements with employer/employee contribution. If you are interested in applying please email your full CV (two pages maximum) to by 12.00 midday on the 28th June 2017, along with a one page covering letter, explaining why you feel you would like to work with APUC, noting your current salary level.

Supply Chain Management Trainee(s)

Various Locations

Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the Scottish Higher and Further Education Sectors is looking to recruit for their established Supply Chain Management Development Programme. APUC is headquartered in Stirling, Scotland and has regional offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Programme aims to recruit and develop future management level supply chain / procurement professionals who have the potential to develop their careers in APUC and / or in client institutions.

APUC establishes collaborative agreements on behalf of the sector, delivers best practise expertise and guidance to the sector and provides e-technology support on a shared service basis. APUC is committed to training and developing procurement skills in the sector ensuring our client institutions can achieve best value, compliant, ethical and sustainable procurement.

We are therefore looking for highly committed and driven individuals to join us on our Supply Chain Management Development Programme during which the Supply Chain Management Trainee(s) will undertake a series of placements in APUC and externally within Universities and Colleges. The role may require periods of frequent travel and may require possible temporary (up to 6 months) re-location dependent on placements (such travel and temporary re-location are funded by APUC).

We are looking for exceptional graduate applicants (HND level or above) with qualifications in subjects where the candidate believes, and can demonstrate, that they can translate their learning into developing relevant procurement skills. Candidates must have a keen interest and knowledge of sustainability, social and environmental responsibility issues and a desire to work within the Higher and Further Education Sectors. Starting salaries will be in the region of £19,000, rising incrementally during the programme (dependent on performance).

Procurement is a rapidly developing career path, with procurement professional's salaries' now frequently exceeding those of peers in many traditional professional services, including marketing and finance. The expected Programme start date is early November 2017.

Application and Selection Process Applicants should submit their completed Application Form, together with a 1 Page CV by 09.00hrs on the 22 August 2017 to

For further detail on the programme, selection process and how to apply for these roles, please see the opportunity briefing and application form

Please note, applicants must have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom to be considered for these roles. APUC is unable to support any applicants that would require assistance with a work permit.