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National Procurement Manager


Who we are


At AgResearch, we use science to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sectors.  Our science helps drive economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand. We are committed to the knowledge system of mātauranga Māori on equal footing with Western science and existing structures, that have helped support positive change in farming practices and food production in Aotearoa.

As a Crown Research Institute, AgResearch must have regard to the Government Procurement Rules designed to help government agencies deliver better public services for better public value.


The role and opportunity


AgResearch is seeking a dedicated Procurement Professional to join us on a full-time, permanent basis. Based at our Lincoln Campus in Canterbury, you will be responsible for providing end to end Procurement leadership, procurement strategies and systems, across all sites to deliver AgResearch strategic and commercial endeavours.

This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned Procurement Professional who has an interest in research and development and the agricultural sector to join our innovative organisation.


What you will be doing


In this challenging and varied role you will provide strategic procurement leadership over a diverse portfolio, you will work collaboratively with senior stakeholders to ensure that business needs are understood and that sound strategic commercial solutions are sourced, implemented and managed effectively.


Key accountabilities include:

  • Understand your portfolios strategic cost management objectives and develop initiatives to deliver agreed outcomes.
  • Manage the full source to pay process, from tenders to supplier onboarding, setting up purchasing methods and managing ongoing contract lifecycle.
  • Maximise the potential of the sourcing function to improve commercial outcomes.
  • Proactively manage business risks through structured service arrangements.
  • Provide on-going contract management support (including claim dispute management and variation negotiation).
  • Build relationships and actively integrate with internal and external stakeholders, including scientists, people leaders and executive management.


Your ideal background


To be successful in this role, you will ideally bring the following:


  • Experience in strategic sourcing and vendor management to meet stakeholder requirements.
  • Track record in business partnering with key stakeholders, at varying levels within a complex organization.
  • Proven ability to manage all aspects of the source to pay process along with on-going performance management.
  • Project management skills including the management of risks, problem solving and the meeting of deadlines.
  • Evidence of sound judgment and ethical behaviour in making and influencing quality decisions.
  • Demonstrated technological, financial and organisational skills.
  • Sound knowledge of commercial and contract law and statutory requirements.
  • Working knowledge of the Government Rules of Procurement and familiarisation with GETS is an advantage but not essential.
  • Be a self-starter who enjoys being part of a team delivering great outcomes.
  • We encourage applications from candidates with an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Māori, and/or te reo Māori, and a willingness to increase their knowledge within these areas


Our benefits


When your work environment fits your values and your lifestyle, it is a better place to be. Our campuses are green, open, and developing, allowing you to enjoy your work and be productive at the same time – we offer flexibility (work from home, flexible hours) and generous benefits to make sure our people feel supported and enjoy being part of the AgResearch team. 

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How to apply


This role will suit a passionate, talented and collaborative person who is motivated to drive their career forward within this vital New Zealand organisation. If this sounds like you, apply today using the link, including a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position.


For further information, please contact David Williams at

To view the full position description for this role, please click here.


Applications close 3 July 2022


AgResearch is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an environment that embraces, promotes and values diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage and welcome candidates from any background, so please don’t hesitate to apply for this position or call us to discuss this further.