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Category Specialist

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

The Role

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. 


This Shared Procurement Service offers procurement professionals an excellent opportunity to expand current skills and experience due to the increased value and scope of procurement activity across the two Councils. 


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.    


Due to an increase in resources, the team have potentially two vacancies for Category Specialists within the Environment and Community Services team.  The successful candidates will support and manage a well-established team of procurement professionals, primarily supporting commissioners in the Housing & Regeneration and Environmental and Community Services Team. 


Procurement activity within the Environment category is very diverse and varies from repairs and maintenance to our existing housing stock, leisure services including libraries, parks, gardens and leisure centres, construction and facilities management all due to be reprocured shortly.


The successful candidate will have:


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


Candidates invited for interview must demonstrate, in both the application for interview (the covering statement) and any subsequent interview, how they meet and indeed, surpass, the above 4 key points.


The role


To provide 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.


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


To build knowledge and expertise within their Category Team and across the organisation in the application of the Public Contract Regulations and, development of a broad commercial approach.


To support the development of category based action plans and associated sourcing programme and to support the timely delivery of those plans.


To aid and support the development of strategic relationships with suppliers, delivering cost savings to the Council’s and providing expert procurement advice and guidance to stakeholders.


For an informal discussion please contact Mark Glaister, Head of Procurement on Email:   Mark.Glaister@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk


We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.


In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.


Indicative Recruitment Timeline


Closing Date: Sunday 27th June 2021

Shortlisting Date: W/C Monday 28th June 2021

Interview Date: TBC (include tests/presentation info)


Useful Information:


The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.


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.


The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.


We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.


Important Information:


Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


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