Student Roost - Procurement Manager


About Us We’re an operator of over 10,000 Student Accommodation beds, spread across the UK in 28 properties. We’re not quite the new kids on the block,

having already developed and acquired a sizeable portfolio. Backed by Brookfield Asset Management we have exciting plans to become the fourth-biggest purpose-built student accommodation provider in the UK within three years. Student Roost has seven sites in its development pipeline that are expected to deliver around 4,000 beds. The new branding is being rolled out across the portfolio and a new booking website has just launched. We’ve all heard ‘if you build it…they will come’; we believe if you build it right, they will stay: that goes for both our customers and our people. We want to be a stable, welcoming and safe backdrop to our customer’s entire time at University, giving them one less thing to worry about. And for our people, we all spend more time at work than we do with our loved ones, we think it’s only right that you do that in an organisation, environment and a team that you love being a part of.

While most of the buildings we have acquired were operated “competently” by third-party providers there was scope to improve the management. We saw the opportunity to offer a more inspirational customer-led and focused approach to deliver fantastic student welfare and experience in a safe, secure environment and make it a genuine home away from home. An example is our Hollis Croft development in Sheffield where we provide students with theatres, a cinema room, study rooms, relaxation areas and recreation areas. We’re big on retention, both of our customers and our people. We offer brilliantly located properties in major University towns and cities, well-priced and equipped with all the amenities and services our customers need to thrive whilst at University. We’re big on our people too; providing welcoming work environments, interesting roles and a raft of opportunities. We’re putting major efforts into building a brand and an organisation that people want to work for and we’re excited about sharing some of our great work in the coming months.

Tim Butler Chief Executive Formerly a director at GL Hearn and The Unite Group

Our Locations:

Liverpool Nottingham Newcastle

Wrexham Sheffield







• Flexible tenancy lengths • Each site facilities have been tailored to the environment • Our rooms range from ensuite to studio and apartments • Excellent Customer Service • A home from home

Job Description The Procurement Manager is the champion of the supply chain and it starts and ends with their ability to deliver the best possible commercial terms for the business. Responsible for ensuring the infrastructure, assets and operations of the organisation have the right equipment, services and support – everything they need, when they need it, where they need it: whilst forever driving continued value from the supply chain. Developing and gatekeeping a sound purchasing strategy, the Procurement Manager will ensure the organisation and its’ Team Members adhere to our practices. Building excellent relationships with an expertly-procured supplier network, they will deliver value to all end users; not just in terms of cost but also in terms of service and quality. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES: SUPPLIERS • Create and manage a well-balanced and cost effective Preferred Supplier List that delivers great value for all stakeholders. • Ensure the Procurement function has in place a Business Continuity Plan to ensure that the Company would not suffer material and adverse con-sequences in the event of a failure of a key supplier. • Ensure all suppliers are on boarded in a timely fashion • Negotiate all contracts so that Student Roost is on the most preferable rates available at all times • Seek new and innovative ways of improving service delivery through new suppliers and technology • Analyse current usage of all goods and services across the business and deliver improvements through new relationships and or contracts. FINANCE • Contributing towards the creation of and management of both the site P&Ls and the wider capex and maintenance budgets • Ensuring the most cost-effective suppliers are utilised • Ensuring the contracts we enter into are the most efficient and cost effective • Ensure that all contracts are negotiated in a timely fashion to ensure we are always receiving the most preferable rates • Produce reports on a monthly basis on the cost efficiencies delivered through a well-managed supply chain

Job Description

PEOPLE • Ensure every stakeholder fully understands the role of the Procurement Manager and what they can and can’t do with existing and future suppliers • Ensure every stakeholder understands the on-boarding process, the time scales involved and the impact of ignoring the process • Championing the principle of the opportunity held in scalable purchasing with all stakeholders • Understand the needs of all stakeholders and provide solutions to their needs in a consultative manner • Consult with all stakeholders to ensure all suppliers are in place for all seasonal surge activities • Maintain excellent relationships with all stakeholders CUSTOMERS • Understand the brand standards for all products and services and ensure our supply chain delivers those standards • Remain abreast at all times of the most recent innovations for improving service delivery for our students HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY • Top of your agenda at all times; practice an unrelenting approach to safety and welfare by adherence to any and all safety policies and processes in our organisation • Ensuring all our suppliers are on-boarded in the correct way with the correct insurances, RAMs and other statutory documentation in place • Carry out annual audits of all supplier certification and statutory documentation

Person Specification WHAT YOU’VE DONE BEFORE

• Managed a Preferred Supplier List for a multi-site residential property business • You have worked to strict compliance frameworks for selection, due diligence and onboarding of a supply chain, preferably within the Sarbanes Oxley arena as it relates to procurement • Creating and managing financial and management reports WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT/KNOWN FOR • Excellent contract negotiation skills and possess strong commercial acumen • A calm head • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written • Highly commercial • Incredibly well organised • Great at building relationships with everyone • Highly analytical • Creating easily interpretable reports WHAT WILL IT TAKE? Physical Effort • You’ll be required to travel to sites on occasion to meet with contractors Mental Effort • This is a role that requires high levels of concentration. The devil is in the detail and the need to be in the zone at all times is essential • This role requires you to seek opportunities to improve the quality and efficiency of the delivery of all goods and services to our customers. This means that you’ll be working on the negotiation and renegotiation of contracts across a wide range of goods and services at the same time • You’ll be challenged with sourcing new and innovative ways to improve service delivery so keeping abreast of technological, product and service developments

To arrange a confidential conversation to discuss the opportunities in more depth, please contact Hayley Mintern of The Management Recruitment Group on 020 8892 0115 or

The salary on offer for this role is up to £60,000. Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages) and a covering letter (of not more than 2 pages). Applications should be sent to The closing date for applications is 7th January 2017. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 8th January 2017.

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