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Ben Duffill
020 3962 9900

Specialising solely in recruitment management consultancy at middle to senior and executive management level, Ben has successfully planned and executed recruitment campaigns across the higher education, scientific research, local and central government, NHS, public landmark attractions,


Job Description

REF: 15595
Posted: 21 September 2020
Closes: 11 October 2020

University Partnerships Programme (UPP) is the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure – and this is an exciting time to join a business with an overarching mission to be the strategic partner of choice in delivering infrastructure and asset management services to universities across the UK.

At UPP, our supply chain is a fundamental part of our service offering and we strive to secure the best value and standard of service in everything we do. Our investment in procurement talent will go on to ensure that our aspirations for strong supply chain performance and best value are achieved.

The Head of Procurement will lead the design, implementation and management of a cost-focussed, central procurement function – and provide strategic leadership to our business. The postholder will be responsible for defining and delivering a strategy that transforms procurement activity across the business from largely decentralised activity, to a centre-led approach that will see the procurement function act as the leading authority for all procurement matters in the business.

As Head of Procurement you will lead a small team to establish, execute and maintain a category management approach on our most strategic and high-value categories of expenditure, ensuring that we gain commercial advantage, achieve “buy-in” of all internal stakeholders and ultimately reduce spend, whilst continuing to source responsibly.

To be a success in the role you will be fully CIPS qualified, possess an extensive technical understanding of construction and FM categories and have an ability to take a pragmatic and commercially minded approach in delivering cost reduction, supplier improvement and procurement transformation programmes. In this role, it is important that you are tenacious and resilient and have experience in implementing change – challenging, articulating and applying our method and strategy effectively. You will have an ability to take an analytical and conceptual approach to managing conflict and resistance to change in a balanced and professional manner.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a business, enthused by change, and to lead, develop and transform our procurement function, instil confidence in the team and provide the very best procurement support to our senior leaders and stakeholders.

UPP is an inclusive and flexible employer that offers excellent employee benefits in addition to competitive base salaries and bonus potential. The candidate brochure can be viewed at

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( and Nicholas Coppard ( at The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) on 0203 962 9900. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to and All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to MRG.

Closing date for applications: 11th October 2020

UPP - Head of Procurement