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Procurement Category Manager

Novax Recruitment
Closing date
11 Dec 2021

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Procurement Category Manager
Tower Hamlets
£550 Per Day

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Procurement Category Manager to work in Tower Hamlets on a Health and Social Care Project. The postholder will provide a professional procurement service for the strategic procurement of a range of goods, services, and works, which meet the needs of the Council and progressively achieve cost savings and other targeted benefits.

Roles and Responsibilities:

To work closely with stakeholders to control expenditure through the adoption of the Category Management approach to procurement.

To develop the Category Plan for the allocated category, in particular identifying strategic sourcing options for the sub-categories to deliver year on year cost savings and other benefit targets.

To be the Council's procurement expert in the allocated Category by ongoing development of skills, knowledge and market engagement.

To manage the allocated Category Officers to ensure they effectively undertake the role.

To allocate sub-categories to Category Officers and approve the sub-category plans.

To represent the Council in the supply market and through knowledge gained there, directly influence all third party expenditure in the allocated Category by creatively planning and implementing procurement projects that meet customer needs.

To maximise the use of supply contracts that have been let by actively marketing them within the Council.

Maintain professional relationships with other local authorities, partner organisations, government departments, trade organisations and other relevant bodies to effectively meet Council and service objectives.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Well-developed recognised category knowledge, with a clear understanding of current market conditions and trends, and the ability to secure best value for money from the category.
  • Knowledge of public sector procurement, with an excellent understanding of how public sector organisations work, and an awareness of public policy and delivery in political environments.
  • Well-developed knowledge of procurement practices and techniques, including modern and innovative procurement methods.
  • Deep understanding of financial assessment and costing techniques and their application.
  • Well-developed IT skills in a range of applications, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Project.
  • Knowledge of the gateway review process and project assurance methodologies
  • Full member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) or equivalent strategic procurement/sourcing experience.
  • Professional procurement experience, with a strong track record of success in delivering financial savings and other achievements, and exposure to the nominated category, ideally having operated at a strategic level.
  • Significant experience of the range of public procurement procedures including Competitive Dialogue
  • Extensive experience and applied knowledge of their areas of responsibility, developing the commercial strategy to support council priorities taking into of market and quality assurance requirements.
  • Project management experience, ideally within a formal project management framework, e.g. PRINCE2.

If you would like to hear more about this role please call Sam on or email
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