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Category Manger

Industry SectorLocal & Central Government, Public Sector & Not For Profit
Salary£35,000 to £45,000 per annum
LocationsEast Midlands, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted13 June 2017

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HR and Professional Services Supply Chain

Under the guidance of the Commercial Leads and Specialists to work jointly and proactively across the Council encouraging staff to embed a whole system commissioning approach and commercial astuteness whilst providing commercial insight, support and challenge to the Council’s commissioning activity.

To be an effective team player actively contributing to the creation and development of a Centre of Excellence for Commissioning Support which maintains the highest standards of professional practice consistent with the Council’s ambitions.

Main Duties and responsibilities

To work jointly and proactively with the wider Commissioning Support team, Commissioners and Business Partners from across LCC and with partners/stakeholders during the Review stage of the commissioning cycle to:
  • Review supplier arrangements to take a wider view of value and performance to more than just the one contract (i.e. across the whole pathway, system, suppliers, supply chain)
  • Assist with review of /preparation for contract review, break points, exit (for the highest risk and/or highest value and/or business critical contracts) including providing support for benchmarking
  • Provide support and advice for contract negotiations (for the highest risk and/or highest value and/or business critical contracts)
  • Ensure delivery of the partnership agreement with ESPO, the Council’s purchasing agent
  • Advise (with legal services) on contract variations/change control
  • Provide advice on contract management and supplier relationship management generally

To work jointly and proactively with the wider Commissioning Support team, Commissioners and Business Partners from across LCC and with partners/stakeholders during the Analyse stage of the commissioning cycle to:
  • Provide a source of market intelligence including sharing regional/national information, ensuring the appropriate use of Data & BI resources to help build market intelligence, and using those resources to facilitate structured research and or market engagement, to establish current trends and longer-term views.
  • Provide supplier/spend analysis, wider spend mapping, any contract performance data and review lessons learned from existing contracts
  • Facilitate Commissioners to identify potential commercial opportunities and sustainable savings

Commissioners and Business Partners from across LCC and with partners/stakeholders during the Plan stage of the commissioning cycle to:
  • Support development of commissioning strategies and plans and provide appropriate challenge
  • Lead on the development of category plans
  • Promote the development of commercial partnerships across sectors to increase opportunities for joint and integrated working
  • Support and challenge for development of market to create alternative provision (e.g. ability of community groups, citizens to respond)
  • Support the development of robust Business Cases and options development/analysis/appraisal, including providing quality assurance, securing senior management buy-in & price benchmarking
  • Propose a sourcing strategy for the option decided upon and ensure commissioning governance arrangements are in place and followed
  • Lead the investigation of commercial models/new delivery vehicles and support the identification of alternative forms of funding
  • Lead the development and promotion of incentivisation models, e.g. Payment by Results
  • Advise on development of outcomes and supporting performance metrics
  • Facilitate a sourcing process (for business critical and high value/risk projects)
  • Signpost to the relevant frameworks or delivery options available
  • Support the effective mobilisation of contracts

  • Extensive experience of contract management and supply chain management in a large complex organisation
  • Experience of successfully engaging with a range of stakeholders, partner bodies, building effective working relationships and promoting organisational reputation and interests
  • Evidence of the successful management of strategic commercial relationships to ensure positive supplier performance
  • Evidence of improving value for money and achieving service outcomes
  • Experience of supporting organisational and cultural change with staff and other stakeholders


Degree and/or equivalent relevant professional qualification (MCIPS) or relevant commercial/ procurement qualification Full job description available on request

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