Category Manager (Childrens Services)

Expiring today

Solihull Council House, Solihull, B91 3QB
£30507.00 - £42683.00 p.a. Incremental progression is dependent on performance.
02 Sep 2020
20 Sep 2020
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Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern

37.0 Hours per Week

Appointment and progression within the salary bands is dependent upon performance and meeting essential criteria including achievement of required qualification and professional membership.

Do you want the chance to develop your commercial skills whilst making a real difference to people’s lives?

Why not pursue an exciting career path in Procurement with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council? If successful, you will join a fast paced and agile environment supporting procurement activity across a broad range of service areas.

We have a permanent opportunity for an experienced Category Manager to join our well respected and award winning procurement team.  Initially supporting Children’s Services, the team works flexibly with opportunities to work across categories.

Playing a key role in the development and delivery of the sourcing and supply strategy , you will assist in the management at all stages of the procurement process including undertaking user needs analysis, market research, sourcing activity, structure of tenders, market engagement, tender evaluation, negotiation, and all contractual matters.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Previous experience within a procurement environment
  • A robust commercial outlook with understanding of risk
  • Strong numeracy skills with the ability to analyse, interpret and present complex information.
  • Experience of stakeholder management, with strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Knowledge of contract law, the ability to draft contracts.
  • Experience of Public Sector procurement is desirable.



In return we can offer a challenging yet highly rewarding career path within Solihull Council, and provide training and development opportunities, including CIPS and other relevant qualifications. Working for Solihull means that not only can we offer employees a great working environment, but also a range of flexible working options, including flexi leave, generous annual leave entitlements, attractive staff discounts and a career average pension scheme.

To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question or require further information regarding this post, please contact Dan Rouse, Procurement Business Manager, on 0121 704 6063 or by email at

Interview Date:  Monday 28th September 2020

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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