Interim Category Manager

Birmingham Temporary £450 - £550 per day
  • Home working
  • Competitive Day Rate

About Our Client

An organisation in Birmingham.

Job Description

  • To lead, design and implement Category strategies across complex areas of spend to deliver measurable procurement improvements, understanding and applying whole life cost principles as well as lowest cost to source
  • Work with all business areas to secure a simplified supplier landscape and implement wider Category plans coupled with appropriate contract solutions and controls. Develop reforms to deliver efficiencies and improvements, by introducing agreed Category plans for goods and services. Continue the review of our existing contracts, introduce changes appropriate for a modern housing association, including realising the benefits of digital transformation
  • Responsibility for building and maintaining a strong culture and awareness of compliant Procurement and the benefits of good supply chain management. Ensuring we work with the right suppliers who share our values and commitment to our customers
  • Delivery and leadership of the associated procurement: Pre Procurement Activities/Marketplace Engagement. Tender Document Preparation. Tender Analysis/Award. Contract Negotiation
  • Responsible for ensuring all procurement is compliant with OJEU, relevant legislation, GDPR, governance and Group Financial Regulations. Provision of professional procurement and contract management advice
  • Work with colleagues to develop the new Group Procurement function. Support colleagues to embed our procurement strategy within the Group. Lead the change process to enable effective implementation. Including the development and maintenance of procurement and supply chain management policies, procedures and guidance to promote best practice, applying 'continuous improvement' principles and the development and implementation of a Group Subcontracting policy
  • Production of accurate and timely management information and associated data analysis for corporate and Board reporting including accurate reporting of our contracted financial exposure and liabilities. Responsibility for corporate reporting and delivering on secured efficiencies of a large modern organisation. Including data performance reporting and benefits analysis
  • Work with our stakeholders, partners, suppliers and customers on stakeholder management activities. To build trusted relationships and quality of delivery for the Group. Identifying innovative opportunities for the Group to lead the way in new ways of working with our supply chain
  • Work with other members of Procurement and Finance to implement improvements for the Group. Commitment to raise awareness through training and communication to the Group of good supply chain management and compliant procurement
  • Seek opportunities to learn from other enterprise resource planning organisations and housing associations on 'best practice'

The Successful Applicant


  • At least 5 years' experience of working at category manager level or above in a Procurement, Category Management or commercial function.
  • Experience across appropriate Categories of Spend
  • Experience of various Public Sector Procurement Regulations methods such as Static Frameworks, Dynamic Frameworks (DPS), OJEU Tendering, Competitive Dialogue
  • Experience of data analysis, data cleansing & data optimisation activities across complex and misleading datasets


  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply or equivalent professional qualification
  • Experience of working within the requirements of DPA 2018 and GDPR requirements
  • Experience of corporate risk management

What's on Offer

  • £450 - £550 (inside ir35)
  • 6 months contract
  • Mostly remote working with expectations to visit the office once per month
Siobhan Pearson
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Job summary

Job function
Procurement & Supply Chain
Indirect Procurement
Not For Profit
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Siobhan Pearson
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