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Procurement Coordinator

Department: Procurement

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Abcam is a global life sciences company providing highly validated antibodies and other binders and assays to the research and clinical communities to help advance the understanding of biology and causes of disease.

Our mission is to serve life scientists to help them achieve their mission faster by listening to their needs, continuously innovating and improving and by giving them the tools, data and experience they want. Our ambition is to become the most influential life science company for researchers worldwide.

About the role:

This is a new role within Abcam, coordinating the Procurement Regional or Country day to day activities associated with our brand-new oracle based procurement platform. Your role will be to be the interface between our end users and suppliers in processing requisition’s through to completion and ensuring the suppliers deliver against our needs.

Utilising your operational procurement skills, you will be the point of contact in procurement to evaluate how requisitions should be processed, by considering options such as RFQ’s, RFI’s or direct supplier negotiations – all of which will be managed in conjunction with our global procurement team.

This is great opportunity for someone starting their procurement career and wanting to develop themselves in a global procurement team, demonstrate their ability to learn, use and understand an advanced procurement platform.
If you have the passion, appetite and willingness to learn how to apply the world of procurement systems and processes to the day to day business needs – this could be the job for you!

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Procurement Managers to support the creation and maintenance of procurement catalogues within the Oracle system.
  • Responsible for purchase requisition assessment, for the Creation/amendments to purchase orders and the management of Oracle based reports to track deliveries 
  • Support the Procurement mangers with the creation and management of purchase agreements within the Oracle system. 
  • Supporting the creation of sourcing events (i.e. RFQ’s & RFI’s) requirements by the Procurement Managers 
  • Coordinate and manage the Oracle Supplier portal. Key activities will include Supplier training, introduction and discontinuation of suppliers, ensuring all suppliers data is maintained, leading and managing supplier questionnaire requests and responses. The running of day to day procurement reports to support data analysis, key performance indicators and the daily requirements of the procurement function 
  • Adopt a total cost of ownership mindset to drive new ways of working with the business and suppliers. (Applicable to procurement team)
  • Contribute and adhere to procurement policies and procedures to improve the compliance agenda and drive best practices. 
  • Apply risk management techniques to ensure appropriate measures are taken to mitigate against financial, reputational, legal, business continuity and performance risk exposure. (Applicable to procurement team)

Educational Requirement:

Working towards CIPS or similar accreditation


  • Previous experience within procurement is advantageous.
  • Capable to manage the complexities of operating with corporate/global orientated Suppliers.
  • Experience in biotechnology / pharmaceutical / life sciences is preferred although not essential.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Results driven whilst not losing sight of the business needs
  • Passion to learn and grow within a procurement organization
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
  • Agile with an ability to advocate change and improve ways of working 
  • Ability to influence across business and departments – at all levels of both suppliers and Abcam
  • Is a natural problem solver, who can use their own initiative when faced with challenges;
  • A confident approach with a flair for negotiation and networking;
  • Experience developing internal and external relationships;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.