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Procurement Manager (EL743)

Procurement Manager (EL743)

Salary: £45,311 – £54,084 per annum 

Contract Type: Permanent                        

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Ellesmere Port Campus with some travel to Chester campus and Crewe campus.

We are seeking an innovative and effective Procurement Manager to join our Finance team.

This is an excellent opportunity to take responsibility for developing, implementing and overseeing the procurement process for the College.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and influence through partnership, ensuring the correct levels of participation and collaboration to achieve the best value outcome when key capital equipment spend projects and large one-off purchases are required.
  • Identify, build, and manage relationships through effective communication with all stakeholders, including external third parties, acting as the primary point of contact for the College procurement process.
  • Actively support the College through all steps of the procurement process to ensure best value for money is achieved and all risks are identified and mitigated.
  • Negotiate with suppliers to establish and, where appropriate, vary the contract, including changes to price, terms and conditions and service agreements.
  • Ensure all negotiated contract terms are documented and that they meet the requirements of the College financial regulations.
  • Ensure a robust documentation and audit trail is in place for all procurement projects in compliance with the College financial regulations.
  • Maintain an up-to-date contracts register for the College that will identify upcoming contract renewals.

Key Person Specification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a business-related field e.g. Business Management, Contract Management or Procurement.
  • Recent and/or relevant experience in a procurement role.
  • Evidence of on-going professional development.
  • Experience of fostering and maintaining strong supplier relationships.
  • Exceptional talent in negotiating and networking.
  • Experience of using excel spreadsheets, with the ability to create formulae and produce reports.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with ability to develop positive working relationships at all levels, both internally and externally.
  • Emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
  • The confidence to challenge existing practices, translate ideas into actions and to lead initiatives for new and efficient use of resources.
  • A flexible approach to working.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification attached for further details.

If you’re interested in this new opportunity, you can apply by sending a completed application form to by 09:00 on 18 March 2024.

The selection event will take place on Tuesday 26th March at Ellesmere Port (TBC).


  • Access to world-class facilities, the use of cutting-edge technologies and digital platforms;
  • Access to new qualifications to support your career in education such as short online courses in the areas below. If you’re interested in learning more about this, please email
    • Equality and Diversity
    • Information, Advice and Guidance
    • Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
    • Principles of Customer Service
  • Competitive salary;
  • Pension Scheme;
  • 35 days holiday (plus bank holidays);
  • Professional Development;
  • Onsite Fitness and Childcare Facilities;
  • Employee benefit platform;
  • Onsite Costa, Café, Shop, Restaurants, Hair and Beauty Salon; and
  • Free onsite parking.

If you wish to discuss any aspects of the role prior to making an application, then please email and arrangements will be made for a discussion with the relevant department.  

Cheshire College South and West is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. Successful applicants will be required to provide a DBS Disclosure, Right to Work evidence and original qualification certificates. Online checks will be carried out and references will be sought.

About Us

Cheshire College – South & West is the largest provider of post-16 education in the region, offering exciting opportunities to over 11,000 learners and 1,000 Apprentices, who all have access to world-class facilities as a result of a £160m investment in the latest technology and real working environments, at modern Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.  The College is process of implementing a £30m capital investment programme to ensure learners continue to have access to the best possible resources and environment.

Cheshire College is a dynamic, high quality and financially robust College, which provides learners with the skills, experience and qualifications that will prepare them for their future career or higher-level study, encouraging them to become confident individuals who will make valuable contributions to businesses and the local economy.

There is a fantastic atmosphere at our three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, providing an environment to get involved in exciting activities and an opportunity for learners to make new friends.

The College is proud of its strong links with local Employers such as Bentley Motors, Vauxhall Motors, SP Energy Networks, Ecolab and Unilever to ensure learners have access to work placements and industry professionals as well as ensuring the curriculum offer remains current and relevant to local, regional and national needs.

Ellesmere Port Campus  

Our impressive facilities are the perfect place for learners to meet new friends and be immersed in an environment that is ideal for learning.  As well as our modern classrooms, the Ellesmere Port Campus boasts:

  • Construction & Engineering Centre (Refurbished Summer 2022);
  • Award-winning restaurant, Academy West (Refurbished Summer 2023);
  • Mock aircraft cabin;
  • Fitness gym;
  • Hair, beauty and barbering salons (Refurbished Summer 2023); and
  • Professional theatre.

Crewe Campus

Our impressive facilities are the perfect place for learners to meet new friends and be immersed in an environment that is ideal for learning.  As well as our modern classrooms, the Crewe Campus boasts:

  • A multi-purpose sports hall;
  • Climbing wall;
  • Fitness gym;
  • TV and radio studios with specialist equipment;
  • Mock aircraft cabin;
  • Award-winning restaurant, The Academy;
  • Hair, beauty and barbering salons;
  • Professional Centre Stage theatre and engineering and construction workshops; and
  • New Institute of Technology (Construction beginning 2024).

Chester Campus

Our impressive facilities are the perfect place for learners to meet new friends and be immersed in an environment that is ideal for learning.  As well as our modern classrooms, the Chester Campus boasts:

  • Digital Hub (Constructed Summer 2022);
  • Impressive Visual Arts Workshops (Refurbished Summer 2022 and 2023);
  • Science Laboratories


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