Career Opportunities

As a Centre of Expertise, APUC works 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 job opportunities

Supply Chain Management Trainee(s)

APUC is now recruiting for its established Supply Chain Management Development Programme, which 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.

We are looking for highly committed and driven individuals to join us on our 18-month 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).

Procurement / Supply Chain professionals have a unique opportunity to influence the behaviour of their supply chains and bring positive change to the various locations in which they exist and to the lives of people employed in them or impacted by them. APUC therefore has a very strong focus on responsible (ethical, social, environmental) supply chain management and is actively involved in moving this agenda forward, for example in being a co-founder of Electronics Watch.

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 ethical, 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 £20,000, rising incrementally during the programme (dependent on performance). The expected Programme start date is early May 2019.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants should submit their completed Application Form, together with a 1 Page CV by 09.00hrs on the 25 February 2019 to

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

Find out what our previous trainees have to say here.

Due to ongoing organisational development and increases to our scope, we are looking to recruit an experienced public sector procurement / supply chain professional on a permanent basis.

Procurement/Supply Chain Manager - Advanced
Salary £31,533-34,000
Location: Perth - Institution based

Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) is the Centre of Procurement Expertise for all of Scotland's Universities and Colleges; it provides a wide range of procurement / supply chain related shared services both as a core shared team and at institutions throughout Scotland.

We are recruiting for a Procurement/Supply Chain Manager role to work at an 'Advanced' level, based within Perth College UHI, covering all categories and spend areas within the institution. The role-holder will be part of the APUC managed UHI Partnership strategic procurement team and represent the College on various fora as well as delivering local and collaborative procurement exercises to deliver best value..

The post holder will be an ambassador for APUC, it's client institution and the profession generally and will demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behaviour. The role is a demanding one and as APUC is an organisation that continues to develop to meet the dynamic needs of its client institutions, an experienced procurement / supply chain professional with a strong work ethic is sought for this role with the ability and desire to develop further as opportunities and challenges present themselves.

The role is full time but worked over a 9.5 days fortnight. The role offers generous holidays, competitive remuneration, a positive working environment and optional pension arrangements with employer/employee contribution.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying please email your full CV (two pages maximum) to along with covering letter (no more than one page) , explaining why you feel you would like to work with APUC and in the particular role mentioned, noting your current salary level.

Before submitting your application please review our Recruitment Privacy Notice for details of how your personal data will be processed by APUC.

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