Category Manager

  • Job Reference: 100488
  • Date Posted: 19 November 2020
  • Employer: Serco Limited
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  • Location: Peterborough (PE2 8TY), United Kingdom
  • Salary: £37,000
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Duration: Undefined

Job Description

Here at Serco we're looking for a Category Manager to join the Procurement Service Team that works in partnership with Peterborough City Council. The aim of the team is to drive procurement transformation and efficiencies that deliver cashable savings for the City Council - and as our Category Manager you'll be responsible for undertaking strategic sourcing initiatives and tactical buying to achieve that across areas as diverse as Highways and Social Care.

Working in collaboration with our client stakeholders and our wider team you'll define the procurement needs, challenges and targets for the Council - and then you'll design and implement the strategy to deliver those targets. This will involve you identifying new procurement opportunities, capturing and interpreting management information, developing supplier relationships, and ensuring that key performance indicators are being met.  

You will have the opportunity to provide a significant contribution to our transformation program as you own, embed and execute best category management practice on behalf of the client. You won't be working alone however. Reporting to the Senior Category Manager the role offers long term potential for growth and you'll be supported with ongoing development and training. You'll also be working with a team that has an agile working ethos and who are all hugely committed to both the commercial capability of the customer.

What you need to do the job

We are looking for someone who has broad category management experience working in an outsourced environment within Public Sector or Local Government. You should hold or be working towards a CIPS qualification, however this is not essential if you can demonstrate relevant experience, which should include experience of legal frameworks, contract law and whole category management lifecycle. You should have good understanding of complex financial and performance data and how to analyse this.

Naturally confident, you will be able to negotiate successfully with all stakeholders and have the gravitas to build solid relationships to leverage supplier capability. It is important that you can get the best out of practices and processes and are not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Why Serco?

Meaningful and vital work: Delivering taxpayer efficiencies and savings is hugely important for local authorities, and as our Category Manager you'll have a direct impact on Peterborough City Council.

A world of opportunity: Our Procurement Service Team is always growing and developing, and you'll be able to contribute to and be a part of this.

Great people: We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed. You'll have the resources you need to do your job in a diverse and supportive environment. 

What we offer

  • Salary up to £35-£37,000 per annum;
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme;
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships;
  • We offer flexible/agile working environments and the chance to buy annual leave as part of the Annual Leave Buying Scheme;
  • The chance to make a positive difference to the citizens of Peterborough
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion

We have a mandate to deliver brilliantly. If you think this role would suit you, working in an exciting and challenging environment with like-minded individuals, please apply now and upload a copy of your CV and covering letter.

About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

We're a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.

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