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


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

Procurement/Supply Chain Manager/Deputy Head of Procurement


Salary circa £34-38k pa
Location:Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

The post-holder will be responsible for full end-to-end tendering and ongoing contract / performance management for a range of commodity areas as well as supporting other staff across their categories. They will also operate as the Deputy Head of Procurement and manage relationships with a multitude of internal stakeholders across the institution while leading as the Responsible Procurement Champion for the team and institution. Having a keen interest and awareness of the key ethical, social and environmental impacts relevant to end to end supply chain management is important in delivering this role.

Procurement/Supply Chain Manager - Operational


Salary circa £23,500 pa
Location: Edinburgh Sighthill - Institution based

We are recruiting for a procurement/supply chain manager to work at an operational level within a client University in Edinburgh covering a variety of categories and spend areas within the University and the local HE/FE environment.

Desired skills for the above roles:

  • Appropriate level of knowledge of the EU procurement directives
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication skills at all levels
  • Category strategy formulation and implementation
  • Full end-to-end tendering experience, considering and with a good knowledge of sustainability principles
  • Contract Management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to operate independently and effectively as well as being an integral member of the team
  • Proficient in the use of the various e-tools in use in the Scottish public sector.



Procurement and Supply Chain Roles - School Friendly Hours


Due to ongoing organisational development, we are looking to recruit the following positions on a permanent, part-time basis. Hours of work will be 20 hours per week over 5 days (4 hours per day). Whilst it is expected that the hours of work will cover the core times of 9.30am until 2.30pm or 10am until 3pm (assuming 1 hour for lunch in each case), there is some flexibility around start and end times.

Procurement/Supply Chain Manager - Part-Time/School Friendly Hours
Salary circa £24-27 pa (pro-rata)
Location: Glasgow - Institution based

We are recruiting for a procurement/supply chain manager to work at an operational level within a client University in Glasgow city centre covering a variety of categories and spend areas within the University and the local HE/FE environment.
Desired skills for the role:
  • Appropriate level of knowledge of the EU procurement directives
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication skills at all levels
  • Category strategy formulation and implementation
  • Full end-to-end tendering experience, considering and with a good knowledge of sustainability principles
  • Contract Management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to operate independently and effectively as well as being an integral member of the team
  • Proficient in the use of the various e-tools in use in the Scottish public sector.


Procurement/Supply Chain Specialist - Part-Time / School Friendly Hours
Starting Salary circa £15-18pa (pro-rata)
Location: Glasgow - Institution based

We are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for a procurement/supply chain specialist to work within a client University in Glasgow city centre providing a supporting role to the Procurement Team.

The purpose of the role is to assist in day-to-day supply chain management activities including tendering, contract management and managing e-procurement activity. The role will have a strong customer focus requiring daily engagement with University stakeholders and a requirement to work quickly and efficiently within the Procurement Team. This is a rare opportunity to work in a role that offers development opportunities to management level over time that can be worked on a part time basis.

Desired skills for the role:
  • Customer focussed
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of standard MS packages – MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word
  • The ability to operate independently and effectively as well as being an integral member of the team


Procurement and Supply Chain Roles - General
The post holders will be ambassadors for APUC, it's client institutions 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 at the relevant level is sought for this role with the ability and desire to develop further as opportunities and challenges present themselves.

Each of the above roles offer competitive remuneration, a positive, flexible working environment and optional pension arrangements with employer/employee contribution.

Operations and Communications Manager


Salary circa £24-30pa
Location: Stirling

APUC is looking to recruit an Operations and Communications Manager.

The Operations & Communications Team provides comprehensive facilities, administrative and communications support to the organisation. The applicant must be flexible and adaptive and be willing to enthusiastically accept that the role constantly develops and changes to meet the organisation's needs. The role will require some travel to other APUC offices and client institutions etc.

The Operations & Communications Manager is required to manage the Operations Specialist role and provide a strong focus of communications for the company and provide business support services.

They are required to constantly use their own initiative and work independently in both delivering their own deliverables and those of their team. They will be the core administrative and operations management support to the CEO and DCEO.

Desired skills for the role:
  • Excellent professional communications skills, including the ability to prepare, maintain and present reports, promotional materials and keep the website up to date.
  • Facilities management knowledge
  • Good interpersonal skills required
  • Super User level office based ICT skills required
  • Highly organised, able to constantly prioritise and reprioritise effectively with great judgement skills, proactively taking on project / initiative management activity on behalf on the company’s leadership
  • Must be friendly, positive, diplomatic and helpful to a wide range of colleagues both internal and external, but able to be firm when required
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Excellent planning skills


Experience:
  • Experience or understanding of facilities management
  • Experience of aspects of corporate event management
  • Excellent experience in general administration service delivery
  • The post holder is required to demonstrate confidence and integrity in own and organisations intentions and use excellent interpersonal communications to establish commitment to corporate objectives. Must be a strong and committed corporate player
  • Must be discreet in communications and maintain confidentiality as they will have access to sensitive information. They will also be required to always maintain discreet impartiality in matters relating to corporate activity

General Information
The role offers generous holidays, semi compressed hours and the option of a contributory (employee & employer) pension scheme.

Closing Date
The closing date for the Operations & Commuications Manager role is 9:00am on the 1st August 2018

How to Apply


If you are interested in applying please email your full CV (two pages maximum) to careers@apuc-scot.ac.uk 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.

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.

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