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 Client’s external spend with a total value of approximately £134m.
The Category Manager will be responsible for the delivery of the Client’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 whilst minimising costs and commercial risk.
- To identify and lead on specific procurement projects, tenders and contracts and take operational responsibility for the projects and tenders carried out by the Corporate Procurement Service. This includes the management of all steps in the procurement process: user needs analysis; market research; sourcing activity; structure of tenders; market engagement; tender evaluation; negotiation; legal requirements; contract finalisation.
- To develop, manage, maintain and deliver a Strategy for each nominated Category, which meets the business objectives and delivers value for money outcomes. The Category Strategy will crucially direct future spend and investment decisions over a medium to long term timescale. This will include challenging previously unchallenged spend, non-coordinated spend activities, unplanned purchases or under-utilized contracts, which are likely to have a negative impact on efficiencies and value for money.
- To manage relevant procurement programmes to deliver the required outcomes of the Category Strategy, ensuring a current awareness of all forthcoming procurement activities (for both new procurement and re-tendering/renewals of existing contracts) with particular focus on expenditure likely to exceed £50k in value. To generally lead all procurement above EU threshold values.
- To create and market procurement project plans and identify where corrective action is needed to ensure procurement issues are managed effectively throughout the procurement cycle, thereby delivering effective project outcomes and efficient working. This will include effective project management, change control management and, where possible, reducing procurement timescales and resources required.
- To contribute to the development and preparation of category strategies, business cases and reports and present to the appropriate internal and external groups and committees.
- To actively promote and communicate sound procurement principles across the organisation, ensuring that the contracts in these Strategic Categories deliver best value for money, operating within the Client's procurement rules, public procurement legislation and schemes of delegation, and so enabling service managers to have access to contractual arrangements that address their needs with minimum administrative effort and at lowest overall cost.
- To influence and develop strong relationships with service areas in the context of a Shared Service Procurement organisation to deliver a strategic and coordinated approach to Category Management based procurement activity