Placement Information


Sustainable Procurement Intern

Company Name University of Edinburgh
Location Edinburgh
Date Posted 8th June 2017
Category EPP
Placement Length 8 weeks

The Company 

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making a ‘significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world.’ There are opportunities related to environmental impact and workers’ rights in the supply chains of the goods and services the University buys. In Scotland, there is a legal duty to incorporate sustainability considerations into public procurement. The University’s Procurement Office works closely with the University’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS), on a programme of work on socially responsible and sustainable procurement. These two teams have worked together to utilise a set of sustainable procurement prioritisation tools developed by the Scottish Government, to assess risks, opportunities and priority actions related to key commodity areas (ICT, labs, estates/construction, travel, food/catering).

The Project 

This placement project has the purpose of assisting the procurement team to develop a tool that builds on the Scottish Government’s sustainable procurement prioritisation work. A large quantity of guidance for procurement professionals on how to integrate social responsibility and sustainability issues into the procurement process has been prepared, but there is now a need for it to be integrated into a functional tool (e.g. using Excel), so the relevant guidance points can be easily accessed. Ensuring this guidance is quick to access by procurement staff will help integrate further sustainability requirements and questions into the University’s purchasing of goods and services.

Objectives/deliverables of this placement would be to:

1. Develop a detailed understanding of the Scottish Sustainable Procurement Prioritisation Tool Suite (an Excel tool) developed by the Scottish Government, and the associated guidance that has been produced.

2. With colleagues, draft a project plan, including timescale and milestones, to ensure agreement on what will the outputs of the placement will be.

3. In close consultation with colleagues, develop a system/tool to ensure that the sustainable procurement guidance already available is linked to the Sustainable Procurement Prioritisation Tool, and the relevant aspects of guidance can be quickly and easily accessed by procurement operational colleagues.

4. Produce guidance on how the new tool/system works, for colleagues (1-2 pages of steps to follow).

5. Produce a short internal report (3-6 pages) to explain the work done, including any technical notes that may be of use to colleagues working on this set of tools in future.

Depending on time availability, the post holder may also be asked to complete other tasks related to sustainable procurement, such as a brief review of some of the standards/certifications mentioned in the Scottish Government guidance.

The Candidate

It is envisaged that this project would suit a recent graduate with relevant technical skills, with an interest in sustainability, in particular sustainable procurement and supply chains.

• Strong computer and data skills a requirement

• Strong Excel skills 

• Strong editorial skills required, specifically the ability to translate complex guidance into plain English

• Interest in and some knowledge of sustainability and supply chains

• Ability to work independently and manage own time, while operating within a small team

Deadline: 22 June |  Interviews: w/c 3rd June |  Start Date: w/c 10th July |  £8.45 an hour