Category Manager

Advantage Resourcing
Sheffield, UK
29 Aug 2019
06 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
**Category Manager - 4 months contract- up to £500 day rate Umbrella or Ltd - Government Organisation - Sheffield**

Our client is a part of Central Government based in Sheffield who are looking for an Interim Commercial Lead/ Category Manager to join their team on a 4 months contract. If you are interested in this role please send your CV urgently, there is a deadline on this role so respond early to avoid missing out. Unfortunately due to the large number of applicants individual feedback cannot always be given.

Key Responsibilities:
You will be responsible for leading a team, the function and customers through change, building a culture of continuous improvement, and providing high quality support to leadership, creating and delivering of world-class, market-leading category strategy which manages and develops supplier markets to meet current and future departments needs. Quickly gaining a deep understanding of the supply market, category, and business context and using this knowledge to inform commercial strategy, leading negotiations of high value procurements and contracts ensuring accurate, comprehensive and transparent analysis, with robust recommendations to senior decision makers. Managing the lifecycle of large, complex contracts and grants (existing and new) across the category, and the commercial management of key suppliers. Working with policy leads to understand requirements and define optimal commercial strategies and maintaining an up to date procurement pipeline. Contributing to Strategic Supplier Relationship Management including the development of Supplier Action Plans to agree performance improvement goals, identification and delivery of savings initiatives and innovation opportunities. Developing and delivering a savings plan for the category, ensuring that savings are identified and realised. Ensuring that commercial risks are identified and managed at all stages of the category lifecyle, and that ongoing risks are transferred into contract management. Using an e-procurement system to effectively manage and capture data on end to end category management activity and complying fully with EU procurement law, commercial procedure, policy, and assurance processes. Gaining the expected value for money over the full contract term, from tendering to contract wind-down and line management of a category team and coaching and developing staff within the function, identifying and implementing improvements to commercial processes, systems and skills.

Ideal experience required for this role:

Previous Commercial Lead, Category and Procurement management experience
Specialist category area is Education, Schools etc
Ideally MCIPS or CIPS qualification or equivalent
Ideally worked within the Government or Public Sector
Experience of the a commercial cycle including pre-competitive supplier engagement, supplier selection, evaluation, contract award and ongoing contract management.
Experience of operating in a Category Management environment, or a knowledge of the principles of a Category Management approach
Strong project management expertise
Excellent supplier and stakeholders management experience
Exceptional communication skills
Excellent IT Systems knowledge and experience

Please submit your CV now to be considered for the Interim position. Liz Renshaw is the consultant managing this assignment and can be contacted on if you have you any queries. REF827881
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