Category Manager (Estates)

Warwick Permanent £50,000 - £59,500 per year
  • 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays and Christmas closure
  • Offers agile/hybrid working approach

About Our Client

As one of the UK's top ten universities, and one of the top 100 in the world - the only UK university of its generation to achieve such progress - it is our responsibility to bring together our unique strengths of academic excellence, industrial partnerships, creativity and enterprise to plan with confidence for a more impactful future.

Notwithstanding our excellent progress, we cannot be satisfied by standing still. Our aim is to be even more successful in 2030 than we are today, as one of the world's exceptional universities, by focusing on supporting our talented staff and students, and giving them the freedom and best environments in which to flourish. In so doing, we will remain committed to development in all our faculties, looking at rebalancing where appropriate.

Key aims underpinning the University's vision:

To form a vibrant learning, working, and living community.

To shape a distinctive campus experience that has a 'cosmopolitan in the countryside' feel.

To transform regional transport connectivity to campus.

To create an accessible, inclusive, and people-focused environment.

To deliver a SMART carbon-neutral campus.

The University of Warwick offers a diverse, exciting, and rewarding procurement environment, opportunities for personal development and to make a real contribution to the organisation.

Job Description

The Estates Procurement team is looking to recruit an experienced and passionate Senior Procurement Manager to lead the Estates Maintenance and Supplies categories, design and deliver best value contracts and continuous improvement solutions. Leveraging various policies and procedures the Procurement Manager will work closely with Senior stakeholders in the Maintenance, Facilities team to deliver strategic and agile Procurement solutions. As a Senior Procurement manager you will lead, plan and develop strategies to deliver an extensive programme of works and renewal/reprocurement of existing FM and supplies contracts taking into account the Maintenance Contracts management Framework in place. This post report into the Head of Procurement and Supply Chain for Estates.

The Estates Procurement team at the University of Warwick sits under the Finance department, providing dedicated cradle to grave Procurement support to the Estates Office within the department itself which means we are right where our customers need us. The Estates department is passionate about providing a world-class, safe, sustainable and inspiring environment for staff and students at the University through delivering our goals and targets whilst embracing the core Estates values and wider University objectives.

The Successful Applicant

  • Will relish operating within a complex organisational environment, will be dynamic and will build effective relationships with colleagues and suppliers.
  • Has experience managing a defined portfolio of spend, developing and undertaking category strategies to deliver best value and continuous improvement solutions.
  • Will understand market dynamics and cost drivers and have experience of undertaking a range of sourcing activities including RFQs, formal tenders and sourcing competitions.
  • Will be a keen negotiator with strong contract management experience to ensure full benefits realisation and robust supplier management.
  • Possesses excellent communication, planning and organisational skills and the ability to foster effective and collaborative relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Has a proven track record of contributing to the delivery of an efficient, responsive and value generating Procurement service.
  • Will be able to work effectively within a framework of robust procurement, regulatory and audit procedures.

What's on Offer

  • £45,585-£54,395 plus a £5,000 non-pensionable
    market supplement p.a.
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities to support career
  • Wider Finance Office briefings, sector networks and training where appropriate.
    - Generous annual leave allowance including Christmas closure and 30 days of paid
    annual leave.
  • An attractive pension scheme (USS) Pensions (
  • Access to exceptional facilities including a world class Sports and Well-being Hub,
    Ofsted rated Outstanding (2016) Nursery and the region's leading cultural venue
    Warwick Arts Centre (fees apply).
  • Hybrid working: a minimum 60% in-office working with optional 40% remote
    working and subject to wider Finance Office working practices. (In-office days are
    Monday, Wednesday and Thursday minimum). - Take a look at the rewards that are
    on offer

The role is advertised full time (36.5 hours per week) however we would consider
applications from individuals interested in working part time hours (a minimum of 30
hours), subject to operational needs. If you are seeking to work part time, please
state your minimum and maximum hours (which may be the same) when you apply.

Joe Bloor
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Phone number
+44 114 270 3761

Job summary

Job function
Procurement & Supply Chain
Indirect Procurement
Public Sector
Contract type
Consultant name
Joe Bloor
Consultant phone
+44 114 270 3761
Job reference