IT Category Lead

A new role has been created as an IT Category Lead in the Technology and ICT Procurement Team, delivering a procurement strategy and leading a range of procurement projects as well as having two direct reports.

IT Category Lead
(Milton Keynes)

As IT Category Lead, you will be working within the Technology and ICT Procurement Team, delivering a procurement strategy and leading a range of procurement projects as well as having two direct reports.

What will you be doing?

Responsibilities of the IT Category Lead – Technology and ICT:

  • Developing considered procurement strategies to ensure value for money balanced against meeting capacity requirements.
  • Manage a small team of Category Managers, direct line manager for two reports.
  • Key role and point of contact to developing long term relationships with suppliers and contractors.
  • Procurement lead on higher risk, higher value or more complex tenders relative to those undertaken by Category Managers.
  • Report to the Head of ICT Category and Head of Contract Management teams on supply chain trends.
  • Analyse spend and contractor performance through review, make changes as part of a procurement programme to deliver savings and efficiencies.
  • Providing advice and knowledge on estates procurement, acting as the subject matter expert.
  • Promote and champion new ways of working, driving forward a continuous improvement culture.
What are we looking for?

Requirements to be an IT Category Lead – Technology and ICT:

  • MCIPS or CIPS qualification and membership.
  • Extensive experience of working in procurement at a strategic level, developing long and short-term strategies, completing tenders of supplies and services.
  • IT literate in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project Management software.
  • ICT procurement category knowledge.
  • Strong negotiator and able to build partnerships with contractors and suppliers.
  • Previous management or leadership of procurement staff.
  • Able to review suppliers to mitigate risk, improve performance and achieve savings.
  • Have reported to senior management and stakeholders, able to clearly communicate through reports and presentations.
  • Public sector procurement processes, including drafting OJEU Notices, PQQs and ITT documentation.
So, what’s in it for you?

In return you can expect: 

  • £60,000 salary
  • 30% pension
  • Bonus
  • The opportunity for flexible and hybrid working.

This role is based out of the Milton Keynes office, however there is flexible and hybrid working arrangements. This role will require someone to have British Nationality and to achieve security clearance due to the nature of this Government organisation.

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