Procurement Business Partner

We are seeking a Procurement Business Partner to join our NWS Commercial Department. 


As a Procurement Business Partner you will manage end to end procurement projects efficiently and effectively whilst ensuring good value for money. As part of this role, you will ensure compliance with public expenditure controls and provide an effective procurement and contract management function to the business in line with existing procedures.


You will offer support the development of the supply chain, and to ensure that NWS has suitable tracking and intelligence systems in place to effectively manage its strategic suppliers and provide commercial advice on all aspects of commercial, procurement and contract management activities in order to ensure compliance with the law and relevant legislation, such as the Public Contracts Regulations.

Flexible - NWS welcomes flexible working practices
Contract Type
3B Lower
Full Time/Part Time
Closing Date
Ref No

Job Description

  • Manage a diverse range of end-to-end procurement projects from across all indirect categories in order to maximise value for money, according to NWS’s procurement policy, the Public Contracts Regulations and professional good procurement practice.
  • Influence a wide range of internal and external stakeholders up to Director level, including acting as a business partner to a defined directorate, working as a critical friend to help them solve problems and realise opportunities for NWS while ensuring compliance with the procurement policy.
  • Develop a pipeline of procurement work through proactive category analysis and business partnering with key customers and reactively picking up – sometime urgent – business needs.
  • Identify opportunities to deliver additional value for money, including by aggregation and/or collaboration with other contracting authorities both within the NDA estate and the wider public sector.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across Business Services in order to make sure procurement projects are delivered effectively and in compliance with NWS’s policies, procedures, and processes.
  • Understand, improve, and implement NWS’s procurement policy, procedure, process and operating procedure documentation.
  • Draft and review procurement documentation regularly.
  • Authorise financial information including Purchase Orders and new suppliers.
  • Leading on the preparation of robust sourcing strategies which will deliver the requirements of the business as efficiently as possible & presenting at the Governance & Assurance boards as required.
  • Leading on the preparation of tender documentation such as evaluation procedures and Invitation to Tenders for a variety of routes to market, including above PCR threshold.
  • Facilitate the tender evaluation process including undertaking financial checks, evaluation of total cost of ownership and moderating evaluation panels to ensure scoring is appropriate, then gathering and formalising feedback for unsuccessful suppliers.
  • Act as an ambassador for NWS, acting ethically and professionally while performing the job.
  • Manage, coach and support other members of the Commercial and Procurement team such as Sourcing Officers, Specialists or Administrators as required, through formal management and/or on-the-job training, shadowing, peer review and other forms of coaching and support.
  • Deputise for the Sourcing Manager or Senior Sourcing Lead in their absence.
  • Other duties as may be required to support the effective operation of NWS Business Services.


Knowledge, Skills and Competencies




  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (MCIPS), part-qualified or similar professional certification (with potential to sponsor further study)
  • Relevant experience working within a Procurement Department.
  • Understanding of how to run end to end procurement projects, managing contracts, management systems, commercial procedures, and contract administration.
  • Demonstrable ability to deal with people across a wide range of management levels and technical expertise.
  • A high level of drive and energy, a self-motivated team player and a good communicator



  • Previous experience working to Public Procurement Regulations. 


For employees on RWM T&C's, this role is a 5-4.

Who are we?

Simply put, our job is to secure a safer future for us all. We do this by managing and disposing of the UK’s nuclear radioactive waste safely and securely for generations to come. We have a critical role in the biggest multi-decade clean-up project in Europe. As part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group, we provide permanent answers for nuclear waste.

Nuclear Waste Services builds on the work delivered at the Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) site and the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) programme, maintaining these key activities whilst also adding further essential services for customers in the nuclear energy, defence, industrial, medical, and research sectors. Maintaining and developing this knowledge and experience is key to securing and developing our unique nuclear waste capabilities for the UK and the rest of the world

If you join Nuclear Waste Services, you’ll be part of a team that brings together some of the most brilliant minds from around the UK, working across many specialisms – scientific, engineering, safety, operations, commercial, community engagement, and regulatory – to name a few.

We want Nuclear Waste Services to be a great place​ to work where people are respected, included and can perform at their best. We do this by living our Nuclear Waste Services values;

We are action orientated ​​​​​​​- We deliver for our customers, partners, and people safely & securely.

We are collaborative and inclusive - We have greater success when we work together.

We are ambitious - We are problem solvers who embrace and act upon new challenges.​​​​​

We act with integrity - We are trusted to build a safe, secure and sustainable future


What's in it for you?

  • On appointment to NWS you will receive 25.5 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and you can accrue up to 13 extra days leave
  • Rewarding performance (annual bonus scheme)
  • We offer a generous pension scheme through CNNP
  • learning and development support
  • payment of relevant annual professional subscriptions
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Financial advice assistance
  • Flexible working
  • Extended family-friendly policies
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • We welcome flexible and agile working practices
  • Flexible working requests can be submitted from day 1 of employment

Equal OpportunitiesDisability

We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. At Nuclear Waste Service we are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive. We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the communities we support. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

In promoting equal opportunities, Nuclear Waste Service welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for the vacancy. 

Please note: Nuclear Waste Services reserves the right to close the vacancy early. 

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this role, please email