Senior Category Manager - Science Estates

Recruiter
Hays CB
Location
Weybridge
Salary
£65,000-£96,909 up to 15% performance-related pay
Posted
29 Jul 2019
Closes
29 Aug 2019
Ref
3642573
Specialist Area
Procurement
Job Level
Manager
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Senior Category Manager – Science Estates

Government Commercial Function / Defra

Salary range: £65,000 to £96,909+ up to 15% performance-related-pay, GCO pension

Location: Weybridge with reasonable flexible working

About Us

Defra Group Commercial (DgC) is part of Defra, the central Government Department responsible for growing the rural economy; improving the environment; and safeguarding animal and plant health. DgC is responsible for providing a procurement and commercial service to organisations within the Defra Network. 

We are now recruiting for an important and challenging new senior procurement position in one of the most complex Scientific Estates in the UK.

This is an exciting time to join DgC The Commercial team is transforming, as they play an important role in enabling Defra group’s vision of ‘creating a great place for living’. Defra is also one of the lead Departments in delivering a successful exit from the European Union.

About the Role

The Senior Category Manager for the Science Estate will lead a team that provides specialist commercial advice and commercial contract negotiation support to Defra and its Arm’s Length Bodies for delivery of strategically important capital projects across a complex, diverse scientific estate.  The current pipeline demonstrates an annual spend in the region of £80m with a forthcoming infrastructure capital project spend of over £1bn.

Leading, managing and motivating the team, you will draw on your experience to drive best practice and shape the overarching strategic direction of the function. With a focus on commercial risk management and the procurement process to deliver high value, high risk projects.  It will be down to you to shape major capital programmes, managing key commercial risks, developing appropriate Procurement Strategies and undertaking pre and post contract award negotiations to achieve best value for money.  The major programme of work currently centres around the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s facilities in Weybridge. 

The role requires you to engage with and manage the wider team – inspiring a high level of performance through integrated and professional commercial support services. You will lead high level negotiations with suppliers and key stakeholders to drive more sustainable ways of working.

About you

For this critically important role, we are looking for experienced commercial professionals with experience in a number of different areas. Key criteria include:

  • Substantial experience of influencing senior internal and external stakeholders in a commercial environment at a strategic level.
  • An accomplished commercial professional with a track record of setting high standards and delivering results in a complex and demanding environment.
  • Experience of leading strategic contract award negotiations and resolving dispute resolutions through negotiation.
  • A track record of achieving positive results through successfully building capability at all levels of a commercial function.
  • In- depth Category Management knowledge that has delivered outstanding value for money and compelling Commercial outcomes

For more information or a conversation about the role please contact Andrew Timlin on 02072598743 or visit our dedicated recruitment site: hays.co.uk/jobs/defra-2019