Procurement Category Manager

Reference HQ00019279
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3 months
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate Contact us, £300-£350 per day

About the job;

We are recruiting on behalf of our client, Northamptonshire County Council, for a Procurement Category Manager to research and identify innovative procurement solutions across the public and private sector that can be implemented within a specific category of spend.

This is a temporary job for an initial three month assignment.

  • Design and manage procurement project plans for individual projects including developing tender documents and evaluation processes and identifying risks and issues for specific contracts to ensure that contracts are delivered on time and budget in a way that is most likely to deliver improved benefits and savings for customer service areas.
  • Lead on developing, implementing and subsequently reviewing procurement strategies for the whole procurement cycle in a specific category spend area ensuring this approach is agreed with relevant stakeholders.
  • Determine and continually monitor current supply market position in the specific category spend area to identify both over and under capacity. Implement both supplier rationalisation programmes and strategies to develop new sources of supply as appropriate to optimise competition.
  • Research best practice and benchmark the costs of services against top quartile performance. Analyse and interpret data to enable the development and implementation of the most appropriate sourcing strategies.
  • Manage the balance across a range of different and often conflicting priorities relating to areas like balancing aggregation of spend, promoting local economic growth, mitigating commercial and legislative risk and delivering financial savings
  • Develop effective relationships with local and national business groups representing specific supplier sectors and work collaboratively on a local, regional and national level to achieve efficiencies in the supply chain.
  • Sound understanding of economic factors which will impact on market sectors
  • Knowledge, understanding and successful experience of leading the procurement approach in a complex organisation
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the European Union Public Contracts Regulations 2006/2009, the requirements of the Local Government Act 1999 and Contract Law.
  • Sound understanding an experience of managing supply chains
  • Extensive understanding of procurement processes and how e-procurement tools can be deployed to reduce process costs.
  • Ability to influence multi-functional teams in developing and delivering the most appropriate procurement strategies and solutions
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with customers and suppliers
  • Excellent analytical skills. Including ability to identify key data and other influencing factors such as customer preferences and market developments and incorporate these into decision making process
  • Sound understanding and awareness of political issues


  • Public Sector experience
  • Degree and/or holds or studying for full Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS)
  • Extensive specialist/technical knowledge & understanding of Procurement



Social care/ healthcare experience

  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
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  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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