Category Manager

Brent Council
Brent, London (Greater)
£52,866 - £56,100 p.a. inc.
05 May 2021
26 May 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

An excellent oppertunity...   

Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.

The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.

The Post

Following a re-structure, we currently have three fantastic opportunities for Category Managers aligned to the following departments:

Adult Social Care
Construction and 
Facilities Management. 

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, you will have the autonomy to make your mark within your Category of expertise aligning yourself with the Procurement Strategy and Council priorities. There will be line management responsibilities so it would great for you to bring that experience and knowledge to share within the team. Whichever your specialism, you’ll be helping to provide great value outcomes for over 300,000 people. 

The Person

Acting in partnership with your key stakeholders you’ll manage complex, high value procurement projects that are key to delivering good quality public services. In brief, you’ll be a key strategic advisor, confident and clear thinking, providing expert support and making sure projects achieve the best possible outcomes. 

MCIPS-qualified (or prepared to work towards this), you’ll have expert knowledge of procurement – ideally in the public sector It’s all about using the tools and techniques of strategic sourcing to achieve business goals. Through sound market analysis and strategy formulation, you’ll improve the quality of services whilst always ensuring value for money.

You should also have specialist knowledge of one of the areas mentioned above, plus a track record of managing complex, high-value projects with multiple stakeholders.

Adept at devising strategies, including innovative commercial arrangements or new service delivery models, you’ll understand the end-to-end procurement process and have plenty of experience leading multi-disciplined teams. With commercial acumen and great people skills, this could be your opportunity to stretch your talents to the full.

Join us, and you can expect a range of benefits including pension, flexible working, season ticket loan, childcare vouchers and discounts with local retailers. We’ll also give you every opportunity to build an exciting career with development opportunities. 

Closing Date: 26 May 2021 (23:30)

Assessment & Interview Date: TBC

Additional Information

Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application. 

We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances. 

Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.

As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on  Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.

Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.

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