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Assistant Category Manager

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21 Dec 2021

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Full Time
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We seek an assistant category manager to help our client achieve its desired outcomes for stakeholders through the provision of excellent commercial advice.

The assistant category manager will work in partnership with the relevant Department, acting as a key strategic adviser on complex procurement matters, managing procurement projects ranging from low to high value, complexity and/or risk.

The assistant category manager will provide expert technical information, advice and guidance on all aspects of the procurement process to internal customers and to deal effectively with third party suppliers as external customers of Brent's processes and service delivery partners.

Qualifications and Professional Membership requirements:
  • Degree in a relevant discipline (or commensurate relevant experience)
  • MCIPS qualified (or willing to work towards this with clear evidence of aptitude)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

Knowledge (All essential criteria):
  • Expert knowledge of the procurement process, ideally in a public sector environment. The post holder must demonstrate expert knowledge of private sector procurement, they must show some awareness of public procurement, including relevant legislation, and a willingness and aptitude to become experts in this.
  • Significant knowledge of one or more categories of procurement activity: Adult Social Care, Children's Social Care, Education, Communities, Public Health and Culture, Corporate Services, Environmental Services
    • Regeneration, Construction and Housing.
  • Awareness of the wider policy context for public procurement, e.g. the Transparency Agenda, Social Value, London Living Wage, Modern Slavery.

Experience :
  • Experience of working in a large, complex organisation
  • Significant experience of successful stakeholder management, including senior stakeholders up to and including Directors
  • Experience in managing end-to-end procurement processes, ideally in a public sector setting.
  • Good experience in managing high value multi-million, complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience in working with multi-disciplined teams.

Skills and abilities:
  • Can demonstrate sound commercial acumen and its successful application to achieve business outcomes
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own workload efficiently.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise tasks for others in the context of project managing procurement activities. Project management qualification is not essential but must demonstrate the ability to manage tasks, communications and stakeholders in an organised way.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, able to manage multi-disciplined project teams towards a common outcome; pragmatism to balance compliance and effective process management with achieving desired business goals.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to communicate technical concepts clearly to a range of stakeholders in writing and face to face. Ability to present confidently to senior stakeholders, internal and external.
  • Excellent ICT skills, able to confidently use all standard office productivity applications and demonstrate an aptitude to use corporate systems such as Oracle
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