Procurement Specialist

Position Available – Fixed Term 12-month contract

About Us

Glass Futures Ltd is a not-for-profit research and technology organisation, supported by multi-national brands and global companies in carrying out collaborative cutting-edge research in glass manufacturing, sustainability and environmentally friendly projects, made possible by a significant private and public sector investment of over £50m+ over the coming years.
Our Centre of Excellence in St Helen’s will provide global support and expertise to organisations in their sustainability journey, demonstrate disruptive technologies and generate new ideas that will have an impact all the way through the glass supply chain to the consumer.

Our Vision

To accelerate collaboration across the global glass supply chain to deliver a sustainable world.

About our Opportunity
We have a fantastic opportunity for a progressive and experienced Procurement Specialist to join our diverse team of thought leaders and head up a number of procurement and tendering exercises, in preparation for the opening of our Global Centre of Excellence in St Helens in mid-2023.  Reporting to the Procurement Manager and holding responsibility for the end to end procurement of various goods and services, including capital equipment, IT solutions and FM services.

The successful candidate has the unrivalled opportunity to work alongside leading experts from the glass and digital technologies sectors. Due to the nature of the business and St Helens project, public sector experience is highly advantageous for this role, however we are also open to hearing from exceptional industry experienced candidates with a wide scope of experience, demonstrable transferable skills and core values to become an essential part of our team.

Core Responsibilities

  • Working independently to deliver high value public sector procurement processes, including (but not limited to) capital equipment, IT solutions, and FM services
  • Lead, plan and deliver end to end procurement processes to include;
    • market research
    • supplier appraisal
    • prepare tender documents and contract notices
    • manage tender process, as applicable
    • carry out tender evaluation
    • carry out tender clarifications / negotiations
    • make recommendations on the award of contracts
    • draft and issue contract award documents
  • Manage multiple projects with various internal key stakeholders, working in line with agreed timescales
  • Ensure compliance with Procurement Directives, relevant funding agreements, and other legislation in order to avoid business exposure to litigation and reputational risk
  • Understand and provide guidance on procurement legislation, as appropriate
  • Assist in the management of contracts, negotiating terms and conditions where appropriate
  • Consistently be representative of the company’s core values, vision and mission

Person Specification

  • Strong leadership skills and proven ability in managing end-to-end procurement processes, in line with company policies
  • Experience of public sector procurement is highly advantageous
  • Ability to establish, build and manage constructive strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong financial and numeracy background and comfortable at interpreting company accounts and working with budgets
  • Proactive and self-motivated demonstrating initiative and enthusiasm for implementing innovative procurement solutions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills, ability to manage multiple projects
  • Excellent IT Skills including Microsoft Office applications including; Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work accurately with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong stakeholder and supplier management skills

Desirable Skills

  • MCIPS qualification (ideally), or relevant bachelor’s degree
  • Public sector procurement experience
  • Capital equipment procurement experience

£32k – £37k (FTE) dependent on experience

Working Hours
Part time, 22.5 – 30 hours per week over a minimum of 3 days
(Please note – must include Thursday & Friday)

Home based, with occasional travel to St Helen’s as required

22 days holiday plus bank holidays (FTE), pro rata applies

Next Steps
Please get in touch to express your interest and apply for this exciting role and for the unique opportunity to be a part of future innovation and change. 

At Glass Futures we are all about people, We care about the wellbeing of our people and we value diversity and inclusion, seeking to create a supportive, dynamic environment where talented and dedicated people can develop their career.

Inclusion and diversity are paramount to us here at Glass Futures – we firmly believe that this culture nurtures stronger performances across the wider business. All of our applicants and employees are treated fairly and respectfully, regardless of any protected characteristic/s. If you require assistance with regards to reasonable adjustments during your application process with us, then please do not hesitate to contact us – we are committed to providing the best possible candidate experience and will always be happy to help.