Procurement Category Manager
Michael Page and Leeds Beckett University are working in partnership to recruit a strategic Procurement Category Manager to lead the professional services portfolio. The function has undertaken a restructure to enhance its support to the deliver the strategic objectives of its client priorities.
The Procurement Category Manager (Professional Services) will be required to produce and implement a Category Management Strategy for Professional Services, guide and influence stakeholders and ensure we maintain a value for money approach to procurement in accordance with EU and UK legislation.
Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire the Procurement Category Manager is a commercial, customer-focused professional driving a value add service for the procurement function. This service must meet the needs and expectations of all, by identifying the most cost effective option within best value guidelines, whilst continually striving to improve service delivery to both internal and external customers. Identification and achievement of cashable savings for the University, by adopting a strategic approach to the procurement process and working closely with appropriate service areas in controlling and monitoring; and internal compliance with established contracts.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage all professional service procurement activities. Analyse and prioritise spend activity within category, and identify key areas where cashable savings can be realised, achieving these savings targets, as agreed with the Head of Procurement through the establishment of annual work plans.
- Mentor and coach other team members, by effectively managing the morale, discipline and performance, including the development.
- Plan, monitor and deliver workloads within the respective category work plan, to ensure that all procurement activity within the 'Category Management Framework' is effectively handled.
- Ensure that market analysis and supplier trends within relevant categories of spend is a continual process, by advising and supporting Category Managers in conducting appropriate strategic and market analysis/evaluation to guarantee that all procurement activity is based on best practice.
- Take an appropriate role in the management of assigned category portfolio, by agreeing realistic KPIs and identifying areas for improving current and future contracts that seek to improve contractor performance and supplier relations in order to maximise efficiency benefits.
- Take a leading role in the identification of opportunities and engage with other universities and public sector agencies and in the development of internal and external partnerships.
- Develop and deliver specific training courses across a broad range of procurement related topics to appropriate staff and to external agencies such as SME and Voluntary organisations.
- Contribute to the development of Corporate Procurement policy and strategies and the achievement of the Annual Efficiency Statement.
- Maintain knowledge of national and corporate developments and assess the impact of these on Procurement and the organisation
The procurement category manager will be a strong team player
Motivated and organised individual with the ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders.
Good IT and numeracy skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
Ideally applicants should be CIPS qualified or have the relevant procurement experience.
Preferably public sector procurement experience (EU legalisation and OJEU).
£32984 - c£33500
38 days holiday