As a council that spends over £320 million a year with about 2,500 suppliers, we fully recognise the contribution that effective, forward-thinking and innovative procurement practices bring, especially as budgets become increasingly tight and demographics continue to change.
Our award winning and highly regarded procurement service is positioned to progressively achieve further efficiencies and social value benefits through the adoption of the Category Management approach to procurement.
As our Procurement Category Manager for Services and Works, you will play a critical role in managing the team and working with key stakeholders to control expenditure, as well as helping achieve social value and stimulating the local economy.
You will take the lead in developing the Category Plan and in delivering the objectives and targets, as identified in the Plan.
This role will offer you ample scope to use your creativity to plan and implement procurement projects that meet customer needs and make a valuable contribution to the council. You will also be instrumental in supporting exciting and high profile developments, all the while developing valuable skills across a breadth of services and contracts.
As the successful candidate, you will be a full or part member of MCIPS or have the equivalent practical experience and, ideally, previous management experience.
You will have a good understanding of public sector procurement, together with a well-developed category knowledge, a commercial approach, sound negotiation/persuasion skills and a ‘one team’ approach.
Furthermore, you will have a clear understanding of current market conditions and trends, as well as of modern and innovative procurement practices, including e-tendering processes
We pride ourselves in offering the best of London in one borough. The list is long but includes Brick Lane, Victoria Park, Canary Wharf, Columbia Road market, Tower of London, V&A Museum of Childhood and Whitechapel Art Gallery.
This is an exciting time to join the Council as we bring the old Royal London Hospital in the heart of Whitechapel back to life as our new town hall.
Tower Hamlets is one of the best connected boroughs in London and accessibility is improving all the time.
We recognise the importance of rewarding our staff, developing them and providing a work life balance. As such we have a wide range of staff benefits and also offer flexible working. For more information click http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/jobs_and_careers/working_for_tower_hamlets_coun/staff_benefits.aspx
This is a full time, permanent role, based in the Town Hall with the flexibility for remote working.
Applications from experienced and highly motivated professionals who thrive on the art of the possible are welcomed. We look forward to hearing from you.
This post is open to the following types of applicants: Redeployees/ Internal/External
If this role is available to Internal employees only, this will include agency workers but does not include independent contractors or Skills Match trainees
All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.
Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants apply via the Council's website www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/careers