Assistant Category Manager

Sellick Partnership
Newcastle upon Tyne
18 May 2017
17 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Sellick Partnership are currently assisting in the recruitment of an Assistant Category Manager to join a large Public Sector organisation based in Newcastle upon Tyne. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring ICT (and at times other category) procurement activity across the organisation, to ensure procurements are delivered in accordance with all relevant regulatory and legislative requirements (internal and external), whilst ensuring value for money.


  • Strategy & Policy - develop and lead the implementation of sub-category management plans aligned to the department's objectives; manage a specific sub-category portfolio, including developing the supplier sourcing strategy, the selection of suppliers and contractual terms best suited to the category, supported by Category Management as appropriate.
  • Value for Money - maximise total spend under management within each sub-category; support the preparation of quotations and tenders for all faculties and services and assist in the delivery and evaluation of procurement exercises thereof; review purchase requisitions for all faculties and services, and identify areas for improvement.
  • Engagement - support senior colleagues by continuously identifying new and innovative opportunities to for procurement savings aligned to sub-category, negotiating with existing suppliers and leading tenders to ensure best value for money; responsible for managing innovation and knowledge management for the sub- category portfolio; develop and maintain effective working relationships with representatives from Faculties, Service Departments, and with representatives from external organisations.
  • Horizon Scanning - carry out environmental scanning to ensure up to date knowledge of upcoming developments in the market.
  • Contract Management - maximise the value the organisations contractual arrangements through effective development of contract strategies, contract development and lifecycle management, updating contract information as appropriate, aligned to overall Contract Management Strategy; carry out supplier management for sub-category suppliers including their development and segmentation.
  • Management Information - monitor supplier KPI's and carry out quarterly reviews in conjunction with Contracts Manager and business stakeholders to effectively manage their performance.
  • Compliance - ensure all procurement activity is within allocated categories are compliant with OJEU procurement regulations as well as overseeing OJEU procurement tenders contract award and negotiation management where required; continuously review the compliance and risk management of the procurement function to ensure that all procurement activities fall within the boundaries of the Financial Regulations; monitor compliance with relevant procurement policies and external regulations/ legislation
  • Record Keeping - ensure proper classification of all sub-category spend according to standard classification, monthly variance reporting against budgets and forecasts.
  • To carry out any relevant duties as required

Essential Experience:

  • Knowledge of procurement processes and procedures in a comparable organisation.
  • Knowledge of OJEU procedures.
  • Knowledge of procurement processes and procedures in a comparable organisation.
  • Knowledge of OJEU procedures.
  • You will be studying or have completed CIPS qualification.
  • Evidence of CPD in relation to the Job Description.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and influencing skills.
  • Collaborative team player, with ability to work alone on specific projects if required
  • Time-management skills, able to hit deadlines, working on multiple activities
  • Commercially/ numerically astute, with desire to hit and exceed savings targets
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Packages including Word, Excel and Project, as a minimum.
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement across all activities

If you are interested please apply, or for more information contact Adam Burgess at Sellick Partnership.

The closing date is Friday 19th May at 12pm. We will be reviewing CVs on a weekly basis and shortlisted candidates will be contacted before the closing date.

Disclaimer: Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role.