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Category Manager (People)

Job Reference randw/TP/29/7197

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Contract Type:
Permanent – Full Time (36 hours)
£54,048 - £68,241 per annum
Working Hours:
Location (Please use London or Greater London):
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Procurement / Purchasing
Business Area:
FIN - Financial Management

About Us

Job Title: Category Manager (People)

Salary Range: MG1 (£54,048 - £68,241 dependent on experience)

Permanent – Fulltime (36hours)

Location: Wandsworth Town Centre

Other essential information: Minimum of two days in the office per week

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth present a unique opportunity to be part of a team who have been working together for a number of years in a ground-breaking shared staffing structure across both Councils. 

About the role 

The Shared Procurement Service provides a combined procurement service to both Richmond and Wandsworth Councils.  The Councils operate a fully centralised procurement service with an established team of procurement professionals. You will help to support the continued development of this high performing team.

Can you inspire, encourage, and continue to develop a group of high performing and experienced procurement professionals?

Can you share your experience and passion for procurement with a very diverse group of stakeholders, both internal and external?

Do you want to continue to develop your own professional knowledge and judgement, and to pass on those skills to the next generation of procurement professionals?

Do you want to see the real and measurable impact your work can have on our diverse communities and service users?

If you answer yes to the above, we might have the perfect role for you.

About the role 

You will manage a team of experienced Procurement Professionals providing core procurement consultancy services to your commissioners within both Adults and Childrens social care services, and ensuring compliance with the regulatory framework public sector procurement must operate within.

You will be the subject matter expert on any procurement related topics within your category, providing timely, accurate and pragmatic advice to your direct reports and other stakeholders.

You will ensure the pipeline of activity is closely monitored, and you will directly engage with core commissioners supporting them through the often-complex procurement process for new and recurring requirements.

You will advise on appropriate routes to market, evaluation criteria, social value initiatives and well-designed processes which reflect the capabilities of the market.

You will be a key member of an experienced and high performing management team, contributing your knowledge and experience to ensure continued professional development of your direct reports and others within the wider team.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  1. A demonstrable track record of success within a comparable sized organisation, including line management of staff.  
  2. A detailed knowledge and experience of UK Procurement Law in practice.
  3. Knowledge of current best practice procurement as it relates to public sector procurement.
  4. Excellent stakeholder management and relationship building skills.
  5. Willing and able to attend in person our primary office in Wandsworth town centre at least two days per week.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  Tuesday 11th June 2024

Shortlisting Date: W/C 17th June 2024

Interview Date: W/C 24th June 2024

Useful Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer, if you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan. For more details, please click here

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