A public sector organisation based in Solihull are currently recruiting for a Category Manager in an ongoing temporary position which (likely to be over 12 months). the hourly rate for the role is £14.92 PAYE
The Category Manager sits within the well-respected and award winning Corporate Procurement Service delivering strategic category management of expenditure. The post holder plays a key part in the development and delivery of the sourcing and supply strategy for the Council’s external spend with a total value of approximately £134m. For their allocated categories, the post holder will also have influence over external spend by sub-regional local authorities that participate in any procurement collaboration which has an approximate spend of £704m.
The Category Manager will be responsible for the delivery of the Council’s priorities and will apply procurement, commercial and contractual expertise and influencing skills to implement the strategy to deliver year on year savings and efficiencies. The post requires the development and implementation of innovative approaches to supply arrangements which enhance services provided to citizens whilst minimising costs and commercial risk.
The Category Manager will be responsible for leading on key procurement decisions that affect the Strategic Category spend areas, from responding to day to day queries and advice from key stakeholders within the organisation, through to having to formulate, lead and present a strategic vision of Category procurement that meets the future long term needs of the organisation.
Significant procurement experience in a medium to large organisation in either the public, private or third sectors
Procurement practice at operational levels
Developing and implementing negotiation strategies & techniques.
Understanding of Programme and Project Management tools and techniques, governance approaches to programmes, risk management practice and successful stakeholder engagement techniques
CIPS Diploma & Membership or studying for or willing to study