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Estates Category Manager

Industry SectorConstruction, Engineering, Public Sector & Not For Profit, Retail, Services
Salary£28,320 to £35,530 per annum
Town/CityLondon, Bristol, York, Peterborough & Reading
LocationsAnglia, East Midlands, London, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East (Excl London), South West, Tyne Tees, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber
Contract TypePermanent or Interim
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted15 January 2018

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Job description

About Defra 

In Defra, we deal with a vast range of issues that profoundly impact on people’s lives. We are responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, the food and farming sectors and have lead responsibility for protection from a wide range of natural threats and hazards. Your role will be critically important to achieving our vision of ‘creating a great place for living’. 

This is a particularly exciting time to join Defra. We are one of the lead Departments in delivering a successful exit from the EU. Leaving the EU will fundamentally change the work we do and how we deliver it. You will have the opportunity to contribute towards the delivery of projects in relation to day 1 readiness and support the strategic development of new approaches to a wide range of issues affecting millions of people in the UK. 

You will play an active role in delivering Defra’s priorities, working creatively and collaboratively with others to deliver excellent outcomes. These roles will provide significant opportunities to develop your own skills and future career. 

The work you will be doing 

A Category Manager is required to support the Estates Senior Category Managers and Estates Category Lead to develop and deliver strategic procurements for construction works and related services. They must guarantee procurement policies are adhered to in order to deliver value for money and innovative commercial solutions and have knowledge of tools and techniques required for managing contracts. Furthermore, this role will be required to support the Department’s requirements in terms of EU Exit, including but not limited to engagement with the supply chain, provision of operational tendering support and development of commercial arrangements. To do this the Category Manager will take a strategic approach when managing all stakeholders, both internal and external, and collaborate with other departments and/or agencies where appropriate. 

This role requires excellent prioritisation skills, attention to detail and the ability to multitask and deliver at pace in a complex commercial environment. A sound knowledge of procuring construction works and related services, an excellent knowledge of the NEC3 form of contracting, BIM, the Construction Design and Management (CDM) 2015 Regulations and Public Contracts Regulations is required. Experience of BRAVO is desirable. 

As a Category Manager you will: 

• Provide day to day commercial advice to customers on procurement issues and governance, helping to determine appropriate procurement strategies, which manage risk, exploit commercial opportunities and maximise value for money over the whole life of the contract; 

• Prepare contract management documentation in conjunction with customers; 

• Deal with Requests For Information (RFI), Requests For Proposals (RFP), Requests for Quotation’s (RFQ) and Service Level Agreements; 

• Prepare contract management documentation in conjunction with customers; 

• Provide specialist advice to customers on procurement issues e.g. Governance, Intellectual Property Rights, single tenders, European Procurement and contract management; 

• Support senior members of the procurement team with any projects or specialisms; 

• Support the Senior Management Team to create a commercial culture that allows good procurement practices to be applied and ensures that the organisation considers both technical and commercial requirements when letting contracts; 

• Manage relationships with internal and external category stakeholders and wider government; 

• Help manage and develop key Supplier Relationships to deliver exceptional performance in cost, service and quality; 

• Support the development and implementation of the identified category strategies; development of savings opportunities and benchmarking of industry standards and practices to identify quick win opportunities; 

• Use leading practice procurement tools to develop and implement the sourcing strategies; 

• Support the commercial and contractual interaction with suppliers, including supply chain early market support, including engagement with key markets and suppliers, particularly in relation to EU Exit where it is expected that there may be competition, issues with capacity and skills within the market. 

• Provide operational tendering support, including development of requirements, specifications, run tenders and let contracts, including for EU Exit related projects related to the category. 

• Engage with EU Exit project teams which have requirements related to the category and establish their needs and provide support to develop pipelines and conduct procurement activities;


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

Delivering value for money
Making effective decisions
Managing a quality service
Achieving commercial outcomes
Changing and improving
Leading and communicating

You must provide evidence against the following on your application form:

Delivering value for money
Making effective decisions
Managing a quality service

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