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Assistant Category Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

Job Title:  Assistant Category Manager

Salary/Grade: PO5 (£46,014 - £55,758)

Permanent (Full time- 36.0 hours per week)

Location: Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth present a unique opportunity to be part of a team who have been working together for a number of years in a ground-breaking shared staffing structure across both Councils. 

You will be offered an excellent opportunity to expand current skills and experience due to the increased value and diverse scope of procurement activity across the two Councils as part of the Shared Procurement Service.  

About the role 

The Shared Procurement Service provides a combined procurement service to both Richmond and Wandsworth Councils.  The Councils operate a fully centralised procurement service with an established team of procurement professionals.  

Recently restructured to establish a Transactional Procurement Team to enable the core category teams to more effectively support commissioners, and recently embedded new cutting-edge procurement software to support the planning, procurement, management of contracts and spend analysis, the successful candidate will be joining a high performing team with continuous professional development opportunities.

About You

You will be providing support and assistance to the Category Manager, and Head of Procurement to ensure compliant procurement processes and working practices are consistent with the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations and, internal procurement codes of practice and contract standing orders.

Project Management

To proactively lead, manage and deliver contracts using the most commercially appropriate, legally compliant, routes to market that consider life cycle costing, resilience, value for money, social value and internal policies.

Quality improvement 

You will be supporting a well-established team of procurement professionals, primarily supporting commissioners in HR, ICT, Legal Services etc. 

You will be working closely with the Transactional Procurement Team to facilitate timely publication of contract notices and associated tender packs.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience: 

  • A demonstrable track record of success within a comparable sized organisation. 
  • Knowledge and experience of UK Procurement Law in practice.
  • Knowledge of current best practice procurement as it relates to public sector procurement and.
  • Experience or knowledge of developing category-based action plans.

For an informal discussion please contact  Mark Glaister Head of Procurement Richmond and Wandsworth Shared Procurement Service

Email: Phone: 020 8871 5828

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Useful Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer, if you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan. For more details, please click here

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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