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IT Supplier Manager (Maternity Cover)

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The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a truly global institution with a reputation for education and innovation that resonates across the world, offering a wide range of courses and boasting outstanding facilities in the centre of Manchester. With 25 Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students, it has a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries. Manchester’s industrial and cultural heritage is mirrored by the achievements of some of the University’s most celebrated names. The computer revolution started here in June 1948 when a machine built by Tom Kilburn and Sir Freddie Williams, known affectionately as ‘The Baby’, ran its first stored program. The celebrated wartime codebreaker Alan Turing worked on this computer during his time at Manchester.

The University is committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience and social responsibility in everything it does. It is making one of the largest investments in facilities ever seen at a UK university, with £750 million spent so far and a further £1 billion to follow by 2022. Its goal is to become one of the world’s leading Universities.

About IT Services

IT Services at the University of Manchester is a vibrant and fast-moving department, we focus on delivering excellent customer service and quality services for our staff, students and researchers. 

Find out more about our organisation and values:

The team

IT Supplier Management Team, ITS Strategy, Architecture and Support

The role

The role will oversee and measure the fulfilment of contractual obligations of key suppliers. Using contract information to monitor and challenge performance and identify opportunities for continuous improvement. Assist with the measurement of supplier contract performance and effectiveness. Work with stakeholders for ongoing management where underperformance is identified.

The role will cover a range of activities including:

Researching suppliers and markets, maintaining a broad understanding of the commercial environment, to inform and develop commercial strategies and sourcing plans, to assist with the timely organisation of key contract renewals

Advising on business cases for sourcing models, and on policy and procedures covering the selection of suppliers, tendering, and procurement. Working within IT Supplier Management processes, clarifying requirements through to market engagement, negotiation, placing, and monitoring contracts, including renewals.

Assisting with the measurement and proper monitoring of supplier contract performance and effectiveness through regular reviews.

The role will be responsible for undertaking assignments across project/service and/or University functions as required.

The person
The successful candidate will have…

  • Experience in techniques and frameworks for negotiating contracts for the supply of IT products and services, including experience of working within internal policies for market engagement
  • Experience in public sector procurement and have a good understanding of associated regulations, public contract regulations
  • Experience in techniques for managing contracts to ensure that suppliers adhere to agreed contract requirements
  • A good understanding of general contract law principles and awareness of potential issues and risks in contracts
  • Ability to analyse and report on supplier costs and forecasts against budget
  • Knowledge of supplier account plans and management of costs and budgets
  • Ability to establish relationships and maintain contacts with people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and be an approachable and sensitive communicator
  • Experience of senior stakeholder management

When addressing the person specification criteria in your application for this role, please ensure you make reference to the specific role requirements above.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Yasmin Birrell

Email: [email protected]

General enquiries:

Email: [email protected]

Technical support:

https://jobseekersupport.jobtrain.co.uk/support/home

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website – click on the ‘Apply’ button above to find out more

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