Purchasing And Supplier Management Apprentice At Jisc

Type: Apprentice

Apply today to become a Procurement and Supplier Management Apprentice at Jisc. Join this Non-profit organisation that will help you build a meaningful career where everyone plays a key role in driving change.

Apprenticeships at Jisc are hybrid and flexible. You’ll work from home often but you’ll need to be within commutable distance to one of their hubs in Bristol, Harwell, London or Manchester for occasional face-to-face working.

Welcome to Purchasing (Procurement) at Jisc!

Purchasing (also called Procurement) is the buying of goodsand services that enable an organisation to operate. It includes marketanalysis, sourcing, negotiation, contracting and supplier relationshipmanagement. As we are publicly funded and have charity status, it is veryimportant for us at Jisc that we make sure we get the best value for moneyworking in a sustainable way.

What you’ll do on the programme

The apprenticewill work across purchasing/procurement, supplier management and operationsfunctions during their time at Jisc. This role is an introduction toprocurement and supplier management, working with a friendly and diverse teamto develop your professional skills and knowledge. You will develop practical skills within theworkplace in addition to undertaking a professional qualification with theChartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). By the end of the apprenticeship you willhave gained knowledge and experience of all aspects of the procurement andsupplier management lifecycle as well as data analysis, project management,communications, and other professional skills.

Main duties of the role include:

  • Gain a full understanding of the procurement and supplier management life cycle in Jisc to promote best practice and compliance across the organisation.
  • Understand Jisc procurement and supplier management policies and procedures, and support colleagues to follow them.
  • Contribute to the development of internal standards and procedures to ensure Jisc adheres to the necessary regulations whilst enabling efficiency.
  • Work with colleagues across the entire procurement and supplier management lifecycle to develop professional relationships.
  • Work with colleagues on innovative processes, investigating how procurement can adapt to different situations.
  • Supporting procurement processes, including market research, tender and specification drafting, evaluating suppliers and issuing contracts.
  • Develop contract and supplier relationship management,; assisting in supplier meetings, managing supplier performance, recording, analysing and presenting supplier data, assisting with changes to contracts and contract extensions.
  • Provide support in producing ad-hoc data analysis and reports for the procurement and supplier management functions where required.
  • Gain an excellent understanding of the electronic systems we use and how to use these to your advantage.
  • Attend relevant meetings and sector webinars to gain an excellent understanding of UK procurement regulations, and to be well informed of industry best practice around procurement, contract management, supplier management, and risk management.
  • Understand how external influences, such as changes in legislation can affect Jisc processes and the impact of these on the various aspects of the procurement lifecycle.

Where you’ll grow

  • Procurement professionals are needed globally, giving you an opportunity to work abroad, travel to meet suppliers and evolve in a highly desirable job role
  • You’ll help Jisc to operate sustainably through effective and efficient purchasing of the right goods and services.

    Make a difference by sourcing sustainable materials to support Jisc reach its carbon reduction goals.

  • Learn how to manage your supply chain to minimise the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, such as modern slavery, carbon footprints and circular economy.
  • Procurement and supplier management is an important function in every business meaning it offers great opportunities and job security.
  • Procurement professionals will find they are involved in projects right from the start, gaining an insight into other business areas


  • Procurement is central to operations, making it an indispensable role.
  • You’ll develop good working relationships, and learn how to collaborate with suppliers throughout the supply chain.
  • Salaries and benefits in this profession are extremely competitive.

    Who are Jisc?

    Jisc is a non-profit organisation that helps the UK’s higher education, further education, and skills sectors with digital services and solutions. They run shared digital infrastructure and services, negotiate deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers for the whole sector, and give universities, colleges, and other learning providers trusted advice and hands-on help.

    Jisc develops new products and provides technical support to meet the needs of its members now and in the future. They provide technology leadership within the organisation and to their members and customers, allowing them to focus on delivering Jisc’s digital vision.

    The team

    The Procurement and supplier management team are part of the Finance and Procurement Directorate. Our vision is to provide business focused procurement and supplier management services for Jisc and its customers using innovative thinking, streamlined processes, with exceptional customer service.???

    Why work at Jisc

    We want to make sure our people have the flexibility theyneed to balance their personal lives and do well at work. So, we focus onoutputs rather than hours andare open to a whole range of ways of working, including flexible hours andworking from home.

    We’re always learning and developing. All our people haveaccess to a huge variety of learning resources to help them achieve this.

    We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for ajob if they think they can’t tick every box but we realise the ‘perfectcandidate’ doesn’t exist. So, if you can do most of what we’re looking for, goahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need.

    What’s important to Jisc?

    We believe in using technology for good and improving lives through learning and researching. Jisc is looking for individuals to join their team that see themselves within their 6 Guiding principles.

    The 6 Guiding principles are:

    – Be original

    – Always inclusive

    – Think social enterprise

    – Never stand still

    – Make an impact

    – Get it done

    If you want to be a part of a team that celebrates you for being yourself, if you love seeing through a project and if you want to make an impact on the world with the work you do, then Jisc sounds like the place for you to thrive.

    What Jisc can offer you

    As well as being a company that prides itself on its inclusivity and making everyone feel welcome, Jisc offers a range of great benefits, including:

    • A company culture which supports and promotes personal learning and development, including access to thousands of courses on Linkedin Learning.
    • A mentor to support you through-out your apprenticeship.
    • Mental health first aid trained staff and supportive environment, plus your own wellbeing allowance to spend on wellbeing for you.
    • 28 days holiday including 3 days off for Christmas closure (plus bank holidays).
    • Flexible work pattern, which can adapt to suit your schedules and personal commitments.
    • A generous pensions scheme with above average employer contributions.
    • A range of leave options, including parental leave, volunteer leave and even career breaks.
    • A generous budget to attend conferences and training.
    • Allocated allowance of up to £250 to equip your home office.
    • Financial well-being support.
    • Discounts on big name high-street stores.
    • Cycle to work scheme.
    • Employee recognition awards and travels loans.
    • Additional flexible benefits including Holiday Buying (Purchase 1-5 days additional holiday per annum), Healthcare Cashplan, Electric Car Lease Scheme and option to purchase SmartTech.
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