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Sopra Steria Recruitment is working in partnership with a major public sector in the UK. We are currently recruiting Category Manager for 6 months initially with possible extension. IR35 Status: Inside IR35 Qualifications required for post: Qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS). (Or working towards full MCIPS) Relevant degree or Post-graduate qualification Experience required for post: Extensive procurement experience across a broad range of products and services. Evidence of successful achievements and savings. Overall purpose of post: To pursue procurement excellence and value for money through the implementation of professional, efficient and effective procurement practices. To develop and lead a defined portfolio of sourcing categories and deliver specified savings to the University. Main duties: To lead and manage the procurement process within key category areas. To be the procurement lead on particular areas of expertise, eg estates and facilities. To explore the benefits and risks of different types of procurement methods and recommend and implement appropriate solutions. Analyse supply market players, supply market conditions and relevant cost drivers, in order to reduce cost and ensure value for money. Develop and implement sourcing strategies for the various spend categories. Lead, motivate and develop the Buyer and Data Systems Analyst team members, including identification of training needs & personal development such that staff are able to work autonomously. Create a high performing motivated team through a culture of training, coaching, mentoring and continuous improvement. Promote the use of the University's contract and tender software, Intend to both internal and external stakeholders. Prepare tender documentation on Intend, and go out to market to ensure value for money and compliance in each tender and contract. Provide demonstrable evidence for all costs savings and efficiencies. Work with the Director of Procurement to ensure the University meets its designated annual savings targets. Ensure that the University Procurement Regulations are strictly applied across the institution. Provide advice and guidance to ensure understanding and compliance with Financial Regulations at all times. Work closely with colleagues in Finance to ensure delivery of financial objectives. Work closely with colleagues in Faculties and Directorates across the University to identify relevant training needs to ensure best procurement practice. Prepare, produce and present strategic spend and saving analysis reports for specified Faculty and Directorate Finance management teams. Build sound working relationships with internal stakeholders and Senior Management. Represent the University at relevant external stakeholder and professional body events. Oversee relevant complex or high risk procurement activities, and all those carried out under EU Regulations, to ensure strict compliance. Assist and guide University colleagues in the evaluation of tender responses and supplier selection. Within the specified category, develop and implement the University's contract management system, Intend, to control and monitor all relevant contracts. This will include measurement of supplier performance, cost performance against budget, expiration & renewal. Lead regular contract reviews of important agreements, introducing Service Level agreements and KPIs as appropriate to measure & monitor supplier performance. To achieve a high standard of customer care when communicating with all the University's stakeholders.