Senior Category Manager

Canterbury, Kent
£39,324 - £46,924
16 Jan 2017
20 Feb 2017
Specialist Area
Category management, Procurement
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

An incredible opportunity with a unique and vast benefits package.  There has never been a better time to join the newly created procurement department at the University of Kent.

The Organisation

The University of Kent is a major employer with around 3,000 members of staff, including more than 900 academic and research staff, and a full range of commercial services and administrative staff. Kent's reputation as being a good place to work is reflected in its top ranking in the 2014 Times Higher Education's (THE) Best University' Workplace Survey. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-16, Kent is in the top 10% of the world's leading universities for international outlook and 66th in its table of the most international universities in the world. Worth £0.7 billion, the University is also an important economic force in south-east England, supporting innovation and enterprise across the south-east.

The Procurement Department

The Procurement Department at the University of Kent is about to embark on a programme to transform the existing Procurement function into a best in class operation that is fully aligned with delivering the aims and objectives of the University Plan. This change, driven by the need to deliver greater efficiency and effectiveness across the University, and indeed the wider sector, includes the alignment of resources to best meet those business objectives.  To help achieve these efficiencies, you will be required to assist the Head of Procurement to develop an effective Procurement Strategy and delivery plan and deliver against that plan.

The Role

You will be responsible for providing a source of expertise for major procurement activity across the University which includes supporting the delivery of a long term Estates Strategy. You will be particularly focused on ensuring value for money is achieved from all expenditure and for making a significant annual contribution towards University-wide savings and efficiency targets.

Act as the procurement lead for all Estates and Commercial Services procurement activity as well as other categories and projects if appropriate

  • Have involvement in multi-disciplinary teams both within and outside the Finance Directorate.
  • Play a lead role in assisting the Head of Procurement leading the team through a period of transition, ensuring the new vision for the organisation is fully addressed from a procurement perspective.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • MCIPS qualification or relevant equivalent experience
  • Degree level education or relevant equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience of procurement with an Estates or Property department or provider within the public or private sector. 

Benefits include: - 43 days Holiday- Flexible Working - Generous Pension – Relocation Allowance - Car Parking onsite – Unique Campus setting - Discounted Sports facilities - Excess to campus facilities - Canteen onsite - Childcare Vouchers – Season ticket loan + others 

Please click on the Apply link if you wish to be considered or send your CV and contact directly  to

Strictly no Agencies – Purchasing Professionals Recruitment Ltd are acting as sole supplier for these vacancies