Category Manager

Capita Managed Services
Chelmsford, Essex
20 Jul 2017
19 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Category Manager

Location: Chelmsford
Type: Fixed term contract for up to 12 months, Full time
Salary: Up to £40,000 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Category Manager role within the ECC commercial team. Reporting into a Category Lead or Category Specialist the successful candidate will be asked to support and lead on a number of key strategic category strategies, procurements or other commercial enabling projects across a wide spectrum of categories within People Social Care, Families Social Care, Place (Infrastructure) and Corporate.

This is an exciting time within the category team. There is a need for significant change, greater partnership working, significant market development and new models of working,, increase choice and control for service users, delivering the best possible outcomes for residents and businesses of Essex, delivering more for less - driving best value. It is anticipated that new technology will underpin the required change and this role will support commissioners and other stakeholders in designing and delivering this future vision.

The Category Manager will provide proactive, enabling support to commissioners and senior stakeholders, helping to create the framework for engagement with the market and providing advice on the current state of the market and future options. They will work with commissioners, sponsors, commercial colleagues and other subject matter experts to understand Essex County Council's (ECC) requirements, assess what the market can offer and determine the appropriate strategy for smaller categories and subcategories. Where this involves the sourcing of contracts with third parties the Category Manager will ensure that these are delivered in a compliant and timely manner.

You will be responsible for developing category strategies, design and run procurement and construct well written business cases. You will have a proactive and forward thinking approach to work, ideally will be CIPS qualified, or be studying towards the qualification. You will have a strong background in procurement and category management with excellent team working skills in this close knit environment.

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

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