Assistant Category Manager

Recruiter
SF Recruitment
Location
Birmingham, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
09 Jun 2019
Closes
01 Jul 2019
Ref
1168033740
Sector
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
SF Recruitment are looking for an Assistant Category Manager to join a huge public sector company based in Birmingham

Key Responsibilities:
- Support the Head of Categories and the Category Managers in processing tendering requirements, dealing with queries and order placing.
- Support administration for any procurement related projects or system related improvements, such as setting agendas, taking minutes and following up any actions.
- Process phone calls, emails and other general communications as and when required and taking prompt corrective action.
- Provide advice and support in all aspects of the category and updating information and potentially support other categories also.
- Support also projects for the Buying Team in company wide discussions in relation to financial administration processes.
- In the absence of team members provide advice and support in aspects of procurement.
- To support work on behalf of the Head of Categories or Category Managers as and when required.

Experience Required:
- Use of IT including; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook including financial systems and ability to create, maintain and manipulate spreadsheets and to understand and interpret the information.
- Demonstrable experience of Finance Administration ideally within a Higher Education environment or able to demonstrate equivalent relevant experience.
- Public Sector procurement procedures and Regulations
- Tendering, request for proposal and contracting procedures including development of specifications, development and application of standardised procedures etc. in the construction industry
- Legislation applicable to the procurement of major and minor works projects and supporting services.
- Contractor and Supplier appraisal techniques.
- Contract, Contractor and Supplier management and performance appraisal techniques.

Skills:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Computer skills in general but in particular the ability to develop appropriate level of skills in the use of specific software applications, for example, the commitment accounting and purchase to pay systems
- A sound demonstrable understanding of accounting concepts and accounting principles
- Good written and oral communications skills for a wide variety of situations
- Strong ability for attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and accurately whilst adhering to deadlines and operate as an effective team member in a busy environment.
- Able to demonstrate ability to work on several tasks simultaneously and creatively solving problems using own initiative seeking advice where required.
- Ability to maintain strong audit trail
- Excellent customer service skills with an approachable and professional attitude and the ability to communicate effectively and courteously at all levels
- Application of public sector procurement procedures and regulations and administration of Request for Proposal/Tendering/Evaluation and Contract Award procedures in the construction industry/environment.
- Contract, Contractor and Supplier Management, including the development and application of Service Level Agreements either as part of formal contracts or as informal arrangements.
- Working with the procurement of a wide portfolio of major and minor works projects and supporting services.
- Networking and influencing people.
- Working in Team environment, involving internal members of staff and representatives of external organisations as part of a Project Team
- MS Word and Excel and computerised procurement and management information systems.

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