Senior Category Manager

  • Job Reference: 85641
  • Date Posted: 3 September 2020
  • Employer: Serco Limited
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  • Location: Peterborough (PE2 8TZ), United Kingdom
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Sales & Marketing
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Duration: Undefined

Job Description

Here at Serco we're looking for a Senior 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 Senior Category Manager you'll be responsible for the delivery of category strategies across areas as diverse as Highways and Social Care.

Working in collaboration with Senior Stakeholders you will ensure changes in Category Strategies are agreed with the client and communicated to the Head of Procurement and direct reports to ensure successful implementation. You will develop your category knowledge across multiple categories and contribute to the development of best in class procurement capabilities to help drive value and compliance across the client's organisation. Working directly with senior internal stakeholders and external providers you will manage activities that facilitate value for money and ongoing client support to deliver continuous cost savings, performance and process improvements. 

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; 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 and ideally within Public Sector Procurement. 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. We are keen to hear from those who have experience of interpreting strategic plans and translating them into operational delivery and have a strong understanding of the procure to pay process. Experience of working with MRP/ERP systems is desirable.

We are looking for an individual to come in make a significant contribution to our vision of delivering value, being part of our transformation program and owning, embedding and executing best category management practice on behalf of our client.  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:

  • Competitive salary and a matched 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
  • Fun yet challenging environment, we are constantly challenging ourselves and each other to deliver brilliantly.

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.

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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