Interim Procurement Category Specialist (P/T)

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Interim Procurement Category Specialist (P/T)
Ellesmere Port
Interim Position

Cheshire W 5218645

Posted: 2nd November 2022 16:30
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  • Pay Rate:

    £21.48 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    22.20, Monday – Friday, part-time hours

  • This opening assignment is for 12 months

  • Ellesmere Port,

    CH65 0BE

What's involved with this role:

Interim Procurement Category Specialist (P/T)

Reference no: Cheshire W 5218645

Pay Rate: £21.48 per hour PAYE

Hybrid role

A Procurement Category Specialist is required to be responsible for the procurement of products, works and services within specific Procurement categories.

They will work closely with key stakeholders within the area and with the Procurement Manager to develop a series of agreed strategies for key categories.

Key responsibilities:

  • For specific categories work closely with key service departments to develop a Procurement strategy for that category that ensures that best value is achieved.
  • Develop and maintain and implement those category strategies agreed
  • Manage all stages of the procurement cycle to ensure that all options for service delivery are considered and contracts are specified, awarded, and discharged to meet appropriate commercial, legal, legislative, and best value requirements of the organisation’s, clients and service providers
  • Advice and support on all aspects of procurement, including tender procedures, compliance with legislation, relevant contract terms, tender evaluation strategies and award procedures, contract management techniques and resolution of disputes to minimize both financial and non-financial risks to the client.
  • Engage in project work across the procurement team to support the development of the new Procurement team (projects will be allocated as the dept develops)
  • Develop and maintain key data, including a spend map, vendor map and contracts database for a specific range of categories.
  • Post holders will be required to lead and develop long term strategies and on occasions supervise those that contribute to projects of various kinds, complexity, and levels of risk.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


  • Experience in category management and commitment to study for CIPS.
  • Commercial understanding of the supply chain and the Procurement cycle.
  • Fully conversant with PCR's 2015.
  • Demonstrable understanding of and delivery of strong relationship management techniques.


  • Significant procurement experience of ordering, sourcing, tendering, contracting and supplier management for range of services.
  • Project management skills and experience.
  • Experience managing the local and strategic relationships with internal customers and external suppliers to achieve financial targets and best value.
  • Experience of managing change and in leading and delivering change management projects.
  • Public sector procurement experience.
  • Evidence of providing customer-focused services.

Skills/Technical skills:

  • A high level of project management skill including the ability to plan and coordinate workloads within tight timescales and to secure through persuasion and influence the commitment of others will be essential.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to constantly challenge working practices and create opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Highly numerate, able to absorb and assimilate complex financial and statistical data.
  • A flexible team worker.


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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Job Ref: Cheshire W 5218645
Interim Procurement Category Specialist (P/T)
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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