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Category Manager

Job Reference: Category Lead – Hardware (Band 5)       Job Type: Permanent       Date Added: 21/06/2012

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Employer: #Government Procurement Service
Location: Norwich or Liverpool
Salary: £ Excellent + benefits

Government Procurement Service (GPS) is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office. Their overall priority is to provide procurement savings for the UK Public Sector as a whole and specifically to deliver centralised procurement for Central Government Departments.

GPS has undergone a number of important changes and is at the centre of ICT government procurement activity supporting delivery of the Government ICT Strategy. Current managed ICT spend is in excess of £2Billion per annum and is set to grow significantly over the next few years. Working in the GPS ICT Category Team you can expect to be involved in areas such as Cloud Hosting, Data Centre Consolidation, Systems Integration, Hardware, Software and Telecoms, delivering significant savings and improving supplier performance.

This is a challenging and exciting commercial environment where procurement professionals can make a real impact and gain exposure at the highest levels in government.

The role
• Responsible for the management of Hardware Category, focussing on the development, delivery, implementation and ongoing management of the centralised procurement category strategy
• Deliver specific initiative targets, including spend, efficiency, supplier performance and departmental compliance
• Manage of key departmental relationships to build, implement and deliver specific initiatives
• Develop and implement category strategy (including performance and risk Management)
• Develop and maintain category market intelligence for sustained efficiency delivering and identifying future opportunities
• Maintain relationships and manage performance of suppliers at operational level and provide support to Senior Leads on key supplier relationships
• Manage departmental spend, savings and compliance reporting and resolution

The candidate
• Evidence of Category Management experience either gained from managing a hardware category or alternatively from fast paced high volume FMCG manufacturing environment
• Ability to identify and deliver savings opportunities through excellent negotiation skills
• Experience of managing high value and complex contracts to deliver further value through supplier relationship management, tools and techniques such as balanced scorecards, KPI’s, SLA’s continuous improvement and demand management
• Outstanding stakeholder management, engagement and influencing skills in a complex customer and supplier environment
• Experience of managing and leading teams driving organisational and category specific targets.

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