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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace.  The size, breadth and quality of its education and research programs, including significant industry, government and community collaborations, offers employees vast scope and opportunity for a long and fulfilling career.  It also enables the University to attract high calibre people in all facets of their operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading.  The cutting-edge nature of the organisation’s work, not just in your own area but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour, provides a constant source of inspiration.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Procurement Services, this position is responsible for the successful implementation of University wide strategic procurement initiatives.

Key accountabilities include:

  • creating and driving strategic sourcing and procurement processes, systems, tools, templates, policies and guidelines to ensure there are clear accountabilities for supply to clients;
  • leading a small team of dedicated procurement professionals;
  • building engagement with the University community in the adoption of improved procurement services and enhancing relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders;
  • negotiating effective and commercially sound contracts and strategic supplier arrangements.

Applications are sought from senior professionals with demonstrated experience in developing and managing strategic procurement services in a comparably large and complex environment.  A collaborative leadership style, superior communication and negotiation skills, strong business and commercial acumen, a strategic and creative mindset and sound project and change management skills will be essential.  Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline will be highly regarded.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a leading educational institution in an SA economy pillar, renowned for providing its outstanding staff with benefits and opportunities.  An attractive remuneration package, negotiable dependent upon qualifications and experience, is on offer to the successful candidate.

For a job and person specification, please click on the PDF icon above or below, and for further information on our client, please visit

Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed.  Please click on the Apply Today button to submit your application.

For a confidential discussion, please call Andrew or Justin Hinora on (08) 8100 8827.

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