Senior Procurement and Contracts Manager

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology. 

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research. 


About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a Senior Procurement and Contracts Manager to join our small Procurement team. this role will report to the Head of Procurement. The role holder will work closely with our Technical and Scientific teams to ensure that the most appropriate Procurement tendering routes are selected which then translate into successful projects for Diamond. This role may involve international travel to visit suppliers in Europe and further afield while monitoring supplier performance. 

Diamond is planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II, so this role will play a significant part in contributing to the upgrade.  


About You

The successful candidate will be working towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (or similar professional qualification) or equivalent extensive experience. 

As well as having: 

  • An established track record managing high value / complex procurements from tender through to contract completion in a technically challenging environment.
  • Experience of Procurement in a technically challenging environment
  • Knowledge of different procurement routes and experience of selecting the most advantageous
  • The ability to analyse and feedback of supplier performance to inform future Procurement decisions
  • The ability to provide professional Procurement advice to Diamond staff


We welcome applications from candidates who have either a Commercial or Public Sector background, but knowledge of the UK Public Procurement regulations, or the willingness to undertake training, would be an advantage.



Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. 

We take an active approach to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our activities at Diamond, with a dedicated commitment to ensuring we provide a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work, where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution.


To Apply

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.


Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.


The closing date for applications is 05th February 2023.

Business Area
Full Time Salary
£43,790 to £51,517 per annum (Discretionary range to £59,245)
Post Type
Full time / Permanent
Closing Date
Ref No


Other information


Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements, secondment and job share opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 44 different nationalities. Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women. 

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level Two.