Category Manager (Place & Corporate)
Procurement Services are seeking to recruit a Category Manager who is looking for a challenge. You will be an enthusiastic individual who enjoys leading a variety of clients on procurement activity. Your role will involve category management as part of a team who support (to name but a few) areas such as waste services, Highways, traffic and transportation, City Centre development, ICT, Human Resources, fleet. The team play a key role in major projects that support the redevelopment/transformation of the City so experience on NEC/JCT Contract forms would be an advantage but not essential. Working to the Strategic Category Lead (Place and Corporate Services), you will lead on the management and development of a range of sub category strategies that support business activity across the Council, as well as delivering an ever increasing expansive range of Major Projects. You will recommend appropriate procurement routes to market, let and manage contracts and seek innovation in service delivery, all within the public sector legal framework as well as take responsibility for contract management within your categories. You will also look for collaboration opportunities across the public sector.
You will also assist in the development of the procurement service, strategy and policy, and deputise as appropriate for the Strategic Category Lead (Place and Corporate Services).
(MCIPS qualified, an in-depth knowledge of public sector procurement practice together with experience of managing staff in project teams in a fast-changing environment. Strong persuading and influencing skills in addition to excellent project management skills will help you to deliver the required outcomes in a challenging yet exciting financial climate.
Your comprehensive knowledge of procurement law, e-procurement tools and techniques, together with your highly developed negotiation skills, will be matched by excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a high dose of enthusiasm.
Coventry City Council has recently been announced as the 2021 UK City of Culture and is a progressive organisation to work within.
Coventry is undergoing significant redevelopment across the City and have a major programme of works contracts over the coming years. It is an exciting time for the City and the employees involved in that transformation and our team of MCIPS professionals are at the heart of that work. Alongside the project work, it is still essential to keep Business as Usual running well with a large volume of goods and services contracts too.
What are you waiting for?
If you would like to learn more about the nature of the work and this opportunity, please call Mick Burn (Tel: 02476 832684) or Catherine Barclay (Tel: 02476 787393) for an Informal chat
In return, we can offer you an excellent pension scheme, childcare vouchers, 'MyCar' scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at a number of city centre restaurants, shops and other establishments. One Friargate building which is a modern, purpose built office facility next to Coventry train station.
Working Pattern: Monday to Friday, 37 Hours
Interview date: Tuesday 12th June 2018 or Thursday 14th June 2018
Coventry City Council is committed to delivering the best possible services and improving the quality of life for Coventry people. In order to do this effectively, we aim to have a workforce that represents the diverse community we serve, embracing and utilising the broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives this brings.
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