Category Manager

6 days left

Council House, Manor Square, Solihull B91 3QB
£31,346 - £43,857
08 Apr 2021
25 Apr 2021
Job Ref
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern

37.0 Hours per Week

1 x Permanent

1 x Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Cover)

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.

Due to team expansion, we have a permanent opportunity for an experienced Category Manager to join our well respected and award winning procurement team. We are also looking for a fixed term maternity cover for a period of up to 12 months.

The Category Manager is an exciting post that will principally support Procurement activity in a variety of service areas across Solihull Council.  Initially you will be supporting our Economy and Infrastructure directorate, however the team works flexibly with opportunities to work across categories. You will play a key role in the development and delivery of the sourcing and supply strategy and 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. Experience of construction and/or civil engineering 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 working from home, 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 Tim Robbins, Strategic Category Manager, on 0121 704 6578 or by email at

Please outline in your application whether you would like to be considered for the permanent post, fixed term post or are happy to be considered for either.

Interview Date: 30th April 2021

Interviews will be held via a secure video conferencing platform.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Not Required .

This post requires the following Disclosure and Barring check: Not required .

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

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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