Procurement Category Manager (Permanent)

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Service Milton Keynes Council
Contract Type Permanent
Location Milton Keynes
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Salary Annual salary from £34,106 to £38,052

About the job

Opus LGSS are currently looking for a Procurement Category Manager which will based on a permanent basis in the Buckinghamshire area.

  • To provide strategic procurement advice and direction to all officers up to a senior level undertaking commissioning and procurement projects across the Council. This includes influencing senior officers on projects encompassing a category of spend, ranging from public realm, children’s care, construction, ICT in all manner of complexity and value ranging from £100,000 to £200,000,000
  • Design and manage procurement projects in accordance with council constitutional rules and UK/EU legislation and to take into account those initiatives arising from Cabinet direction on a periodic basis 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 the specific spend area ensuring this approach is agreed with relevant stakeholders
  • Determine and continually monitor current supply market position and keep up to date with relevant case law ensuring that the implications are understood enabling the advice, guidance and approach to be adjusted according to 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. To influence the design of contract specifications and evaluation criteria in order to deliver service outcomes and a reduction in cost, whilst mitigating risk to business continuity
  • Manage the balance across a range of different and often conflicting priorities across the LGSS partner authorities and external customers ranging from Head of Service to Officer level, relating to areas like balancing aggregation of spend, promoting local economic growth, mitigating commercial and legislative risk and delivering financial savings
  • Work on cabinet/committee direction on a periodic basis supporting and proposing papers for review by cabinet and council direction
  • To provide one to one or group training to internal and external customers, development and mentoring to procurement officers up to a senior level across the Council and partner organisations to embed procurement best practise and a culture of improvement
  • Procurement and contracting skills including specialist knowledge and understanding of EU Procurement Legislation
  • Sound understanding of economic factors which will impact on market sectors and approaches to minimise cost pressures and reduce commercial risk. Good understanding of commercial approaches taken by providers relating to costing and selling
  • Knowledge, understanding and successful experience of leading the procurement approach for specific category areas ideally via a procurement category management approach in a complex organisation
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the European Union Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the requirements of the Local Government Act 1999 and Contract Law. To keep up to date with relevant case law ensuring that the implications are understood enabling the advice, guidance and approach to be adjusted accordingly
  • To be able to identify and capture cashable savings from spend analysis and contract sctrutiny and cost avoidance arising from procurement projects. Actively identify projects that can deliver reduced costs
  • Extensive understanding of procurement processes and how e-procurement tools can be deployed to reduce process costs including performance management techniques relating to benchmarking
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering procurement projects within a public sector environment
  • Sound understanding of wider commissioning agenda including the drivers for demand and different delivery models and the ability to challenge and optimise service specifications
  • Knowledge of how Local Government typically works. The roles of committees in ensuring acceptable governance processes and the roles of officers in implementing political policy.
  • Recognised for having CIPS, a industry recognised certification of Procurement profession
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro
    rata (including bank holidays).
  • 2% pension contribution from employer
  •  Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Consultants based on site within Civic Offices

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