Procurement Category and Contract Manager

Sopra Steria Recruitment
Chelmsford, UK
13 Aug 2019
13 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Procurement Category and Contract Manager



The Category and Contract Manager will manage the delivery of sourcing processes in a compliant and timely manner. You will be directly accountable for the effective management of contracts assigned to them, ensuring that service level agreements and key performance indicators are monitored and that any improvements required are well planned and executed. Effective leadership of multidisciplinary teams will be needed along with supporting the development of colleagues both within procurement.

Service/Functional Accountabilities
  • Lead the development, maintenance and implementation of category strategies, ensuring alignment to commissioning objectives
  • Collaborate with and exert influence on Directors, Senior Managers and Members as to the commercial and financial viability of differing commercial options for specific projects within complex and often, contentious environments.
  • Manage suppliers to ensure they consistently achieve the performance standards set out in contracts and that adequate controls are in place to protect the Authority's interests
  • Lead major projects and tenders, ensuring all sourcing activity fully complies with appropriate legislation and regulation whilst also complying with ECC policies.
  • Work collaboratively with incumbent suppliers and potential new entrants to identify gaps in market provision and explore opportunities to close those gaps.

Knowledge, skills and experience
  • Educated to degree level with a relevant professional qualification such as MCIPS and or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of category management and experience of using this methodology in complex commercial environments
  • A track record of managing multi-million pound strategic contracts in business critical environments defining, measuring and improving key elements of supplier performance.
  • Knowledge of contract law and legislation
  • Extensive knowledge of public sector procurement law with an ability to explain the law to non-procurement staff and find pragmatic solutions to potential legal difficulties.
  • Comprehensive negotiating skills appropriate to multi million pound contracts and experience of planning and delivering successful negotiations.
  • Experience of working in a political environment

Sopra Steria Recruitment is committed to barrier-free and inclusive recruitment. We are a Disability Confident recruiter, and a RIDI 100 and Business Disability Forum partner organisation.

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