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Acquisitions Officer


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169968 RMB to 239159 RMB per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

University of Nottingham Ningbo China is seeking to recruit an Acquisitions Officer

Your Responsibility

Your key responsibilities include:

  • Efficiently handle the procurement of a diverse range of information resources—purchasing, leasing, and accessing monographs, serials, electronic resources, and special collections, while ensuring compliance with related standards and best practices.
  • Manage monographic acquisitions, ensuring regular updates and competitive pricing, alongside the annual management of subscriptions for various publications.
  • Oversee electronic resource management, handle individual eBook, journal and database acquisitions, manage contractual agreements with content providers, and ensure the timely renewal and cancellation of journal packages and databases.
  • Foster and maintain professional relationships with vendors, publishers, and other content providers, ensuring alignment with industry standards and library objectives
  • Oversee the acquisition and distribution of core textbooks and staff copies, updating involved parties systematically.
  • Improve textbook workflows to optimize and standardize procedures.
  • Collaborate with ASO to monitor bookstore performance and update textbook policies and guidelines as necessary.
  • Advance the implementation and promotion of e-textbook solutions to address challenges associated with physical textbooks.  
  • Assist in managing the complete lifecycle of library resources, from acquisition to deselection.
  • Perform collection analyses to measure effectiveness and meet the evolving needs of the academic community.
  • Collaborate across departments to enhance discoverability and accessibility of library collections.
  • Plan and execute collection management projects which include evaluations, de-selection, and reallocation of resources.
  • Analyses and interpret acquisition data and information and assist in the production of management reports.  

About You

  • Master degree
  • Two years above working experience in academic library.
  • Experience of planning and progressing a series of work within general guidelines, using initiative and judgement without recourse to seniors.  
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the work practices, processes and procedures relevant to the role, which may include broader sector/commercial awareness.  
  • Detailed operational knowledge of systems relevant to own field of work in terms of functionality and capability and/or detailed knowledge of own service area and products/services available.  
  • Clear understanding of the regulations and codes of practice set for the conduct and output of the role. 
  • Proven analytical and problem solving capability.  
  • Proven communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Excel in both English and Chinese. 
  • Proven planning and organisational skills.  
  • Good knowledge of bibliographic data such as is used in library acquisitions.  
  • Commitment to deliver a high-quality professional service to students and staff.
  • Capacity to learn rapidly, especially the use of software and procedures.
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately, and to recognise issues which have to be referred to others for decision.


About Us

Join a unique British University in China. The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Located in Ningbo, this award winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of over 9,000 in just 20 years.

Your Remuneration, Benefits and Support

This is a regular post that you will be offered a fixed term contract initially of 3 years with a probation of 6 months with University of Nottingham Ningbo China. We are committed to providing competitive employment packages while supporting the wellbeing of our staff to help them reach their full potential.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit an application via our on-line application system before 8 August 2024.

Only on-line applications made at ( be accepted. Referees will be contacted prior to interview and interviews will take place in Ningbo China.


If you are unable to apply on-line please contact Recruitment Team, Email: 

Equality and Diversity

University of Nottingham Ningbo China is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff. It is our intention to ensure that job applicants and staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age*, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, family circumstances, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.

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