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Industry SectorConstruction, Engineering, Public Sector & Not For Profit, Retail, Services
Salary£34,840 to £43,410 per annum
Town/CityLondon, Bristol, York, Peterborough & Reading
LocationsAnglia, East Midlands, London, North West, Northern Ireland, South East (Excl London), South West, Tyne Tees, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber
Contract TypePermanent or Interim
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted15 January 2018

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Job description

About Defra 

In Defra, we deal with a vast range of issues that profoundly impact on people’s lives. We are responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, the food and farming sectors and have lead responsibility for protection from a wide range of natural threats and hazards. Your role will be critically important to achieving our vision of ‘creating a great place for living’. 

This is a particularly exciting time to join Defra. We are one of the lead Departments in delivering a successful exit from the EU. Leaving the EU will fundamentally change the work we do and how we deliver it. You will have the opportunity to contribute towards the delivery of projects in relation to day 1 readiness and support the strategic development of new approaches to a wide range of issues affecting millions of people in the UK. 

You will play an active role in delivering Defra’s priorities, working creatively and collaboratively with others to deliver excellent outcomes. These roles will provide significant opportunities to develop your own skills and future career. 

The work you will be doing 

Senior Category Managers are required to support Category Leads to, develop and deliver strategic procurements, guarantee procurement policies are adhered to in order to deliver value for money and innovative commercial solutions within the following teams: 
- Animal, Plant, Food and Farming 
- Countryside, Nature and Biodiversity 
Furthermore, these role will be required to support the Department’s requirements in terms of EU Exit, including but not limited to engagement with the supply chain, provision of operational tendering support and development of commercial arrangements. To do this successful applicants will take a strategic approach when managing all stakeholders, both internal and external, and collaborate with other departments and/or agencies where appropriate. These roles require excellent prioritisation skills, attention to detail, the ability to multitask and to deliver at pace. 

As a Senior Category Manager you will: 

• Support the Category Lead and Senior Management Team in commercial leadership across the Defra Network through key initiatives ensuring best practice and delivery of savings; 

• Provide day to day commercial advice to customers on procurement issues and governance, helping to determine appropriate procurement strategies, which manage risk, exploit commercial opportunities and maximise value for money over the whole life of the contract; 

• As and when required engage with EU Exit project teams which have requirements related to the category, establish needs, provide support to develop pipelines and conduct procurement activities; 

• Provide specialist advice to customers on procurement issues and Governance, Intellectual Property Rights, single tenders, European Procurement and contract management; 

• Support more senior members of the procurement team with any projects or specialisms, support the Senior Management Team to create a commercial culture that allows good procurement practices to be applied and ensures that the organisation considers both technical and commercial requirements when letting contracts; 

• Manage relationships with internal and external category stakeholders and wider government; 

• Lead the commercial and contractual interaction with suppliers, including supply chain early market support, including engagement with key markets and suppliers, particularly in relation to EU Exit where there may be competition, issues with capacity and skills within the market. 

• Support the development and implementation of the identified category strategies, savings opportunities and benchmarking of industry standards and practices to identify quick win opportunities; 

• Prepare pre tender and tender documents in conjunction with customers and ensure that procurement timescales are adhered to; 

• Prepare contract management documentation in conjunction with customers; 

• Use leading practice procurement tools to develop and implement the sourcing strategies; 

• Provide operational tendering support, including developing requirements, specifications, running tenders and letting contracts, including for EU Exit related projects related to the category; 

• Deal with all Request For Information (RFI), Request For Proposal (RFP),Request for Quotation (RFQ) and Service Level Agreements. 

Person specification 

MCIPS or an equivalent Commercial qualification is desirable and essential to the role. Candidates will not solely be sifted out if they do not hold MCIPS or equivalent during recruitment. 

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate expertise through work experience, such as recent public sector procurement experience.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

Delivering value for money
Making effective decisions
Managing a quality service
Achieving commercial outcomes
Changing and improving
Leading and communicating

You must provide evidence against the following on your application form:

Delivering value for money
Making effective decisions
Managing a quality service

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