Strategic Category Manager

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Strategic Category Manager
Interim Position

MPS 0005 2469 / 1

Posted: 23rd November 2022 09:51
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £498.49 per day PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months


    NW6 6LT

What's involved with this role:

Strategic Category Manager   

Reference no: MPS 0005 2469 / 1   

Pay rate up to £498.49 per day PAYE depending on experience   

CTC Vetting is required 

Hybrid role, 2 days Kilburn and WFH, must be flexible on days

Candidates with current CTC/SC clearances will go through their vetting processes, currently this is taking up to 6 months.  If you are already in a contract that potentially is not ending for a few months and this role is of interest, do let us know, we would be happy to discuss further. NB: Police Vacancy - only for candidates with a minimum of 3 years continuous UK address history. 

This role is an integral part of Commercial Services. Working within the ICT team you will provide essential commercial support to the business, proactively managing one or more of the key contracts. You will contribute to delivering Commercial Excellence for providing a customer focused service, understanding the business need and stakeholder drivers, with the aim of becoming a trusted commercial advisor. You will play an essential part in managing and/or overseeing the overall commercial life cycle and whilst your day to day role may be managing contracts and supplier relationships, you may find yourself leading on any aspects of the commercial life cycle – from developing category/contract strategies and managing procurement processes to managing strategic supplier relationships and rolling out commercial and contract management standards across the organisation 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Developing key stakeholder relationships, challenging business demand where required. 
  • Developing specifications to deliver requirements that are in line with business needs, category strategies and market trends. 
  • Sourcing Technology Infrastructure, Software, Professional Services 
  • Knowledge and application Public Contract Regulations 2015 applied to sourcing and contract management    
  • Working as part of a team, with differing abilities, in order to deliver to set outcome. 
  • Managing own workload with competing priorities balancing operationally urgent and important tasks to deliver to key deadlines. 
  • Writing business reports in order to comply with governance requirements and create commercial sections of relevant board papers 

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

  • Experience of using systems to generate management information/reporting to drive decision making 
  • Technology procurement experience and knowledge to support established Group Category Plans across the Technology category and enable implementation of Category Strategies 
  • 3 Years experience sourcing technology infrastructure, professional services and software including licensing requirements through Contracts Finder and Crown Commercial Frameworks 
  • Good report writing skills, experience business cases 
  • Strong customer service skills and the ability to deal with enquiries/requests/complaints/escalations and bring to a successful conclusion 
  • Good written & oral communication and interpersonal skill. Open minded and a good listener (to understand differing needs) but also persuasive and able to influence senior stakeholders at a senior level 
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload whilst balancing both operationally urgent and important tasks to deliver to deadlines 
  • Highly effective communicator who can work with diverse group of stakeholders and senior managers 
  • Positive attitude, support and advance the development and capability self, the team and have the behaviours traits and skills to work within a diverse team 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

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. CTC Clearance. 
  5. 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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Strategic Category Manager
Client Category: Local Authority

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