ICT Procurement Specialist

HEAnet Brokerage · Dublin 1, Leinster
Department HEAnet Brokerage
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

HEAnet is Ireland’s National Research and Education Network, providing internet connectivity and ICT shared services across all levels of the Irish education system, reaching 1,000,000 end users. We connect learners and researchers across all of Ireland to education resources and to fellow national educational and research networks in Europe, and the rest of the world.

HEAnet also provides our client base with support in the procurement of ICT hardware, software and services. The Brokerage Services portfolio covers a wide range of products and services, delivering in excess of €7m savings for the sector annually. For information on the current Brokerage Services portfolio please visit: https://www.heanet.ie/brokerage. 

What the Brokerage Team does

The purpose of our Brokerage Services Team is to design, establish and promote procurement agreements that deliver value in terms of cost, technical benefit, compliance, reduced client effort and time saving.

In further extending its portfolio, HEAnet works closely with the Office of Government Procurement and also takes part in transnational initiatives.  This includes access to agreements that are brokered by other Research and Education organisations and by GÉANT across Europe.

In response to increasing client demand for Brokerage Services, HEAnet are now looking to recruit an ICT Procurement Specialist to join the team. 

Our new team member will report to the Brokerage Services Manager and will have duties spanning the full brokerage lifecycle including but not limited to brokering commercial agreements, creation of frameworks, running tenders, acting as an advocate for the brokerage concept, driving engagement, liaising with the OGP and other relevant bodies and working on GEANT/EU projects.

The role will require travel to clients nationwide and some international travel as part of GÉANT/EU funded projects.

This role is based in our office in Dublin 1.  On different days of the week any team member may be working from home, so we use tools like Teams and video conferencing to keep in touch.

How we do it

Our company values underpin how we do things in HEAnet. We believe in and live by our values and understand they are integral to making HEAnet a great place to work.


What you get from us

We value knowledge sharing and communication.  We have frequent team meetings combined with regular 1:1 catch-ups to make sure no one is hitting any roadblocks. 

We encourage critical thinking and the exploration of new ideas. We often form cross-team special interest groups for specific topic discussions, both ongoing and for fixed projects.

We provide a diverse and interesting workload but limit single performance objectives to a max. of 30%, so you will get to work on multiple Brokerage initiatives with different teams across the business.

We promote a healthy work/life balance and we take the care of our team members mental health seriously.

Company Benefits

  • Annual performance management system
  • Professional education support
  • Comprehensive group and individual training & development initiatives
  • On-going well-being initiatives
  • Health insurance for employees
  • Defined contribution pension scheme
  • Flexible start/finish times
  • Working from home
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Taxsaver Ticket scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme

What we need from you

  • A least four (4) years proven track record and experience in brokerage/negotiation/sourcing/procurement of ICT services.  
  • Strong technical appreciation of ICT products, services and licensing relevant to the education and research sector. 
  • Experience of successfully concluding multi-party projects and/or agreements.  
  • Client facing and Provider facing experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communication skills.  
  • Develop constructive and co-operative working relationships and maintain them over time both with clients, providers and colleagues.  
  • Ability to recognise, develop and drive innovation.  
  • Ability to coordinate and direct projects, make detailed plans to accomplish goals.  
  • A flexible attitude to the evolving needs of the post and its environment.  
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.  


Bonus points

We do not need you to have the following, but if you did it could be beneficial.

  • Experience with the higher education sector. 
  • Experience as an ICT practitioner e.g. IT operations/ development/ etc.   
  • Public Procurement knowledge and experience, either on the supply or demand side.  
  • Project Management - proven delivery of complex ICT projects.  
  • Presentation skills with experience up to Senior Management and/or Board level. 
  • PowerBI, Excel (advanced), programming skills, IT operations 
  • A degree or equivalent academic or professional 3rd level qualification.

More important information

At HEAnet we celebrate diversity and understand how important it is to our ongoing success.  We would like to hear from candidates who are great at what they do and whose values align with ours.

If you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best, please let us know.

Thank You

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  • Location
    Dublin 1, Leinster
  • Department
    HEAnet Brokerage
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience