Senior Category Manager

Abbey Smyth
Civic Offices, Grays
£44,928 - £60,261
24 Aug 2017
17 Sep 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
Non CIPS member

We are currently recruiting a Senior Category Manager to join the Procurement Team within the Commercial Services Directorate.

This is a role that provides high level procurement advice and support across the Council, within certain categories. Category responsibility may change during the term of the employment but for this recruitment we are looking for someone ideally with Corporate Services (Finance/HR/ICT) and/ or Education experience.

The post holder shall have experience of delivering procurement and category management support on the full commercial lifecycle and all matters relating to Public Procurement, preferably within a local authority environment.  Comprehensive knowledge of the Public Procurement Regulations 2015 is essential.

You will develop and maintain strong working relationships with officers across the different service directorates, as well as with senior managers; to provide support and governance in the procurement and management of quality and spend with the Council’s third parties.

The role includes:

  • Leading the procurement process for complex projects and competitive procedures
  • Leading the full range of procurement support for relevant categories, including: training on procurement and category management, benchmarking, market intelligence, drafting contract specifications, managing the end-to-end tendering process and other commercial support as required.
  • Establishing and managing framework contracts and dynamic purchasing systems.
  • Leading category reviews and negotiations to achieve savings and realise continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Driving social value by encouraging spending with local firms and identifying apprenticeships and skills opportunities through the Council’s supply chain.

Ensuring governance compliance with the Council’s policies and procedures, managing commercial risks associated with public procurement and the avoidance of potential penalties for non-compliance with EU legislation.

For an informal discussion please contact Stefanie Seff, Strategy and Special Projects Lead on 01375 659691.

Our vision – Thurrock: a place of opportunity, enterprise and excellence where individuals, communities and businesses flourish.

Thurrock is an exciting place to live and work. We are an emerging cultural and arts centre, home to the production centre for the Royal Opera House and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills. We have retail and leisure that is among the best, with the magnificent intu Lakeside, and breath-taking countryside all around. We are an area of massive growth, which is creating jobs and new industry, but with great transport links that can get you into London and other parts of the UK quickly and easily.

Thurrock Council is committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. Job share applications are also welcome. Most departments operate a system of flexible working hours.

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

How to Apply

Please apply online by clicking Apply. Please note, we do not accept CVs. If you have any difficulties in submitting an application form please email

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