Category Specialist Higher

3 days left

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
Salary €43,696 - €61,139 p.a.
15 Jun 2017
29 Jun 2017
Specialist Area
Buying, Contracts, Procurement
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
Non CIPS member


Category Specialist Higher, Office of Government Procurement

Salary €43,696 - €61,139 p.a.

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) is the central procurement body for the public sector, bringing a professional approach to public procurement, to drive fair,transparent and open competition in the market place while delivering sustainable savingsand better value for the taxpayer. The OGP delivers a wide variety of sourcing activitythrough the establishment of national Framework Agreements, delivering both mini

competitions and bespoke competitions for goods and services for its customers.

The OGP is looking for experienced and commercially aware individuals who wish to develop a career in the Government’s central procurement body. 

The Category Specialists Higher are an integral part of the procurement function in the Office of Government Procurement. You will have access to on the job learning, accredited training, coaching and mentoring and other supports to enable you to develop and enhance your professional procurement competencies and skills. This is excellent opportunity for candidates to have a role in delivering the OGP’s commitment to implement the public procurement reform agenda and achieve its objectives.

Reporting to the Category Manager the main objectives and responsibilities of the role are:

  • Assisting in driving maximum value for money across assigned categories of expenditure in line with overall agreed targets;
  • Assisting in delivering category and spot buying sourcing strategies.
  • Ensuring strong governance around sourcing activities ensuring compliance, openness and transparency, while appropriately managing risk.
  • Putting in place the required contractual arrangements to meet the requirements of customers across the public sectorAssign and manage the work of direct reports.
  • Delivering specific sourcing projects including the running, managing, recording and reporting through agreed methodologies and systems of tender processes to assure process and legal compliance.
  • Establishing close working relationships with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Contributing to the maintenance of a procurement knowledge bank.
  • Preparation of work to support Category Councils, including market research and analysis.
  • Working with the communication and customer service teams to publish contract award notifications and make available contracts to the customer base.
  • Reviewing uptake and performance of established arrangements with key stakeholders

    Successful candidates will have a minimum 18 months direct experience in a procurement role with strong judgement, problem solving and decision making abilities. S/he will also be results focused with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

    Full details of the role including detailed eligibility criteria and the application process are available on

    The closing date for applications is 3pm on the 29th June 2017.