Category Lead x 3

Butler Ross
Chichester (Although Horsham & Worthing also considered)
23 Aug 2018
23 Sep 2018
Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

About the Jobs

West Sussex County Council are undertaking a major transformation of their Procurement and Contract Management functions. The new team will focus on category management, stakeholder management, compliance and savings delivery.

Key to the success of their transformation will be expert capability delivered by three newly created posts:

Category Lead - People (Children, Health, Adults, Family, Education)

  • - £400M+ spend, with largest category social care-£400M+ spend, with largest category social care

Category Lead - Place (Leisure, Waste, Construction, Highways, Utilities, Built Environment)

  • - £200M spend across c.300 plus suppliers with significant spend in sub-categories of highways, construction and waste

Category Lead - Resources (HR, IT & Telecoms, Consultants, Professional Services, FM, Fleet, Office Supply)

  • - £120M spend, with significant spend in professional services and labour

The purpose of these roles will be providing leadership across the category portfolio and collaborate with Directorates/Services to champion a new best practice commercial approach to external spend to deliver value for money outcomes and transform the ways services are delivered. You will develop and implement a robust category strategy for your category that optimises performance for the business in terms of cost, quality, delivery and responsiveness – sharing best practice guidance for the procurement of the subcategories listed above. Each of the Category Leads will manage their own teams and be the primary interface with stakeholders, developing your category and procurement team and leading stakeholders in best practices.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will be someone that provides strong, visible, and collective leadership for staff and partners across the Council which inspires people and drives the delivery of the Council’s strategic objectives. Key competency areas include: procurement excellence, influencing, leading, change and stakeholder management; to achieve outcomes within a complex operating environment.

Required Skills of the Category Lead

  • Leading and Managing: Strong project leadership and management capabilities and experience, with capacity to manage multiple large and complex projects
  • Change Management: Change management and process improvement skills with direct experience in delivering/designing complex business process / organisational change
  • Stakeholder Management: Strong stakeholder management skills, demonstrating ability to engage with stakeholders at multi levels, all the way through to Chief Officer level
  • Strategy Setting: Experience of designing and implementing category and sourcing strategies, delivering strategies through others
  • Analysis: Skilled in being able to conduct analysis on complex data sets, can direct others to conduct analysis to provide concise insights
  • Negotiation: A skilled negotiator with a broad range of skill sets and ability to direct others in negotiating

Qualifications and/or experience of the Category Lead

  • MCIPS qualified procurement professional with significant operational and strategic experience managing and leading categories
  • Knowledge and experience of EU procurement processes, setting up and using Government procurement frameworks
  • Successful experience of identifying, leading and developing a range of commercially focused service delivery models including partnering, outsourcing and other commercial solutions in a comparable environment
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering total cost of ownership savings
  • Significant understanding of supplier management strategies and can demonstrate the development of a supplier over time
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the latest market and procurement trends within the category area of expertise
  • Skilled understanding of appropriate level commercials and legal cover to manage risk

Key Responsibilities of the Category Lead

Reporting to the Head of Procurement directly, you will manage a team whilst leading the individual category. You will design and implement your category strategy through proactive leadership and management of people, programmes and projects involving multiple stakeholders and teams. You will deliver robust processes and plans, helping implement and shape a stage gate procurement process. You will lead change within your category, whilst supporting the wider transformation of the procurement department. You will play a leading role in providing procurement and commercial advice in relation to all major and complex contracts in your category. You will be responsible for managing risk and ensuring your supply base performs as contractually agreed, running regular review sessions with your identified critical suppliers. You will own and manage the end to end procurement process within your category, from cradle to grave, whilst being the subject matter expert for EU procurement compliance.