IT Purchasing Officer, Digital Innovation and Technology Services

Digital Innovation and Technology Services



  • Posted on: 08th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £22,847 - £26,341 per annum
  • REF: REQ05332
  • Closes: 21st November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description
Digital Innovation and Technology Services

Digital Innovation and Technology Services (DITS), delivering outstanding IT and enabling excellence in its use, provides the supporting and enabling IT for the whole University across three campuses, from underlying IT infrastructure to digital skills training for staff and students. Our vision is of a University where students and staff are actively supported in their endeavours to excel in creating, managing, communicating, and exploiting information by using information technology facilities and services that are user-centred, flexible, accessible, and resilient.

Duties of the Role

The University of Essex is seeking a full-time, IT Purchasing Officer on a fixed term contract, to purchase IT equipment, software and facilities for the University.

Working in a small team, in a busy, fast-moving environment they will be responsible for raising a high level of requisitions on a daily basis. With a high customer service ethos, they will confidently be handling a wide range of purchasing queries from staff within Digital Innovation and Technology Services as well as across our growing University.

Critical for excellent service delivery, they will also be part of the team reviewing and monitoring the purchasing process ensuring that all orders are placed to maximise benefit whilst complying with UK purchasing regulations and the University’s financial policy and regulations.

Skills and Qualifications

The successful candidate will have good practical understanding of procurement and supply management, ideally with at least some experience within IT purchasing. A strong negotiator, with excellent communication skills and keen eye for detail, they will have in-depth IT skills and the ability to use a range of databases and financial systems.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives.

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please contact

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