Brook Street is working alongside our Public Sector client based in West Lothian recruiting for an experienced Category Manager on a 9 Month Fixed Term Contract.
As a Category Manager you will be responsible for developing and leading a category sourcing programme, managing strategic relationships with suppliers and markets, delivering cost savings to the council, providing expert guidance, developing relationships that promote collaboration and the sharing of services, and ensuring contract key performance indicators are met.
Category Managers will be responsible for managing and developing Procurement Specialists, and along with the Corporate Procurement Manager will be responsible for achieving the annual procurement cashable savings targets set by the Head of Corporate Services.
Develop and manage a category strategy that delivers savings and efficiencies within the overall objectives of the Corporate Procurement Strategy and provide a corporate point of management responsibility and strategic lead in the nominated category of spend.
Lead and participate in corporate procurement projects, deploying category expertise and commercial acumen.
Develop and implement strategies to manage procurement risk and measure and analyse corporate spend and savings data.
Manage and supervise associated Procurement Specialists to meet the category plan and Corporate Procurement Strategy objectives.
Manage supplier relationships and markets to ensure that the council receives Best Value and continuous improvement over the life of the contract.
Ensure contracts are compliant with council Standing Orders, Scottish, UK and EU legislation governing Public Sector procurement.
Provide the lead role in determining the strategies to achieve Best Value procurement solutions when letting contracts and provide required support to Services.
A solid understanding of the council's Standing Orders and all applicable Scottish, UK and EU public sector procurement legislation
Proven experience of undertaking and managing large scale procurement projects.
Proven negotiation skills and contract management experience to achieve significant savings.
Excellent influencing skills and the ability to challenge existing practice and suggesting solutions.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to produce and constructively present accurate and complex reports and act as an internal and external 'ambassador' for the Corporate Procurement Unit.
Ideally you will be fully CIPS qualified or currently studying towards a CIPS qualification.
Experience of Category Management and how to apply it to achieve savings.
Understanding of sound financial management practices.
Experience in developing commodity strategies.
Experience of leading, developing and motivating a team.
Experience of electronic procurement solutions, e.g. Public Contracts Scotland, eSourcing Scotland and PECOS