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Procurement Category Manager

Posted 6 February by REED Procurement & Supply Chain Featured Ended
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My client is a university located in a pleasant suburb on the borders of London and Surrey and is one of the Largest higher education (HE) provider in south west London, with over 17,000 students. The University is 25 minutes by train from central London.

They are looking to expand in order to ensure their procurement arrangements to reflect the college strategy by embedding a category managed approach and delivering value for money through high quality arrangements. This is where you come in.

The focus of the role will be to act as the university's Procurement Category Generalist
covering corporate/professional services, information technology, estates and facilities and clinical/medical requirements on behalf of the University, its entities and other organisations for which the University provides a procurement service (partner organisations). You will ensure that Procurement support is aligned to the structure, objectives and culture of the function, thus becoming an enabler to each category’s stakeholder business plan, objectives and deliverables.

Your new role

Procurement Category Manager. (Generalist role covering all categories including Corporate/Professional, Information Technology, Clinical/Medical, Estates & Facilities)

• You will collaborate with key stakeholders proactively identifying areas where Procurement can add measureable value, and to lead solutions in support of strategic goals and improving organisational effectiveness and efficiency.
• You will take responsibility for delivering the procurement of key contracts as required across various categories including areas of general corporate spend based on the needs of the business. Delivery will ensure compliance with legal and internal obligations, demonstrable EU procurement best practice, and that value for money is evidenced in support of the aims of the University and its partner organisations as the post will support the wider objectives of the Corporate Procurement Unit to promote the adoption of procurement best practice throughout the University and its partner organisations.
• Jointly responsible for the implementation of the category strategy and policies that support the University’s objectives, with an emphasis on value for money and including, where appropriate, the mandated use of framework agreements throughout the University where financial efficiency benefits may be gained.
• To promote the adoption of and ensure that the business requirements are met and best value is delivered through delivery of EU procurement best practice processes.
• To advise across the University and its partner organisations on the development of specifications and evaluation criteria, for tenders in the assigned category/ies and some general corporate categories of spend.
• To ensure that category strategies are aligned with stakeholders business plans and operational requirements, whilst managing risk effectively.
• Work collaboratively with the business area to fully understand their objectives, performance issues, challenges and opportunities in terms of business deliverables against business plan.
• Agree a pipeline of Procurement activities for a 24 month rolling timeframe taking into account the business plan deliverables and timescales.
• Ensure that all expenditure is identified, routes to market are defined and maverick spend is measured and controlled.
• To provide support and expert guidance to stakeholders and functional buyers throughout the procurement process, and in particular where the value of the procurement exceeds the thresholds stipulated in the latest version of the Public Procurement Regulations;

What you'll need to succeed

• Detailed market knowledge for a wide range of categories. 
• In-depth knowledge of category management techniques & processes. 
• CIPS qualified. 
• Qualified to at least level MCIPS level (or equivalent). 
• Degree qualified. 
• Demonstrable knowledge of EU rules and regulations, providing compliant procurement processes and procedures that work to the institutions best advantage.
• Use of e-sourcing and purchase-to-pay systems to enhance category strategy delivery.
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience of the medical/clinical and higher education sectors.
• Demonstrable knowledge of EU rules and regulations, providing compliant procurement processes and procedures that work to the institutions best advantage.
• Use of e-sourcing and purchase-to-pay systems to enhance category strategy delivery.
• A commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
• Cross-functional business team environment experience preferred.

What you'll get in return
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