Category Procurement Officer(s)

Northallerton, North Yorkshire
£32,910 to £35,745 TBC
27 Apr 2021
17 May 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Due to gaining some exciting major project work we are looking for a number of permanent and temporary experienced Procurement Officer(s) to join our award winning team.

Our team

Our Procurement and Contracts Management team take a real pride in delivering the right services at the right time, which directly effects public service to the residents of North Yorkshire, enabling North Yorkshire to be a thriving county, which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

We have overall responsibility for all aspects of the procurement cycle, including policy, procedure and process. We currently spend around £350 million externally each year, across both revenue and capital. This includes a wide range of goods, works and services, including front-line direct services and indirect back-office support. We use a variety of contracts, from simple purchase orders to long-term contractual agreements. We use a category management approach, where related expenditure is grouped together, using data, to create a better understanding of our buying needs and of what supply chains have to offer.

Our aim is to source more strategically, be more innovative and enable Council service managers and commissioners to get the most out of the market and supply chains. Our approach has been recognised as award winning. Winning the Procurement Leadership of the Year Award 2019 at the GO Awards, being Finalists in the Public Finance Awards 2020 and being highly commended for Team of the Year in Local Government at the Procurement Go awards 2020.

What our team say about us:

"Life is interesting in the procurement and contract management team as there is such variety in the scope of projects being delivered and alongside this is a very supportive group of colleagues to help support you throughout." Patricia Murphy – Category Procurement Officer – Place

“The variety of work means that no two days are the same, which for me makes the role particularly interesting and gives me the opportunity to develop skills and experience across different areas of the Council”. Katie Longstaff – Category Procurement Officer – Professional

“The team has grown over recent years due to the increased focus and understanding which procurement and contract management delivers the organisation. Having both started our procurement careers with NYCC a number of years ago, through a supportive environment, we have both gone on to senior leadership roles within the service. The service values career development and investment in our team, offering CIPS training and qualification. We have an exciting few years coming up, where we are looking to expand the team and our service offer. It has been great to see our achievements recognised at a national level winning procurement leadership team of the year in 2019”. Rachel Woodward & Stacey Speakman, Senior Category Managers.

The role

As a Category Procurement Officer, you will provide professional procurement resource to support and advise internal and external partners. You will be responsible for the delivery of a broad range of end to end procurement projects, undertaking and overseeing the procurement process, including supporting the drafting of specifications, preparation and issue of tender documents, evaluation of proposals, contract award and administration. Ensuring that all procurement activities are fit for purpose and provide value for money.

The ideal candidate(s) will have an in depth knowledge and understanding of procurement, proven ability to communicate effectively and able to demonstrate experience of procuring People, Place and Professional related goods and services and the development and drafting of tendering and contracts documentation and related information.

Ideally, we are looking for candidates who have an understanding and awareness of Local Government/public sector procurement issues, but will welcome all applications.

Flexible Working Opportunities

As an organisation, we strongly believe in promoting a work life balance, with flexible working opportunities and modern technology you will be able to deliver your role to suit both your personal and our business needs. Our core hours are Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00, but with our flexible arrangement, you may work your contracted hours around your personal circumstances with the additional benefit of collating flexi hours. You may also benefit from homeworking with an occasional requirement to work from the office.

Benefits for Working for us.

In return for your hard work and dedication to our service, we can offer you the chance to be part of a strong and supportive team. We offer a fantastic opportunity for you to develop and progress, and gain a fully funded CIPS qualification.

You will also benefit from a variety of competitive employee rewards such as generous leave entitlement and local government pension scheme. We also offer exceptional salary sacrifice schemes in technology and green car schemes as well as discounted retail offers, health schemes to name but a few. More information can be found in our Total Rewards Brochure.

To apply for this position please click on apply or alternatively send your CV quoting CPO to by midnight on 17th May 2021

It is important that your CV is in word format and includes your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification.

If you are interested in playing a part in our highly supportive team and would like an informal conversation about the post please contact Clare Winter, Procurement Operations Manager on Tel 07967 469690 or Email

Key dates:

Closing date: Monday 17th May 2021

Interviews: 26th / 27th May 2021

Interviews will be held by Microsoft Teams Video.

Job Description.pdf

Total Rewards Brochure.pdf