Category Lead - People


West Sussex

  • Location

    West Sussex

  • Job type


  • Sector

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    02 December 2020

  • Client


Ref: GSi69914

West Sussex County Council are seeking a commercially focused procurement professional, with a solid background in social care, to join the  team as Category Manager for People (Adult Social Care and Lifelong Support). We are looking for somebody with a relentless focus on improvement and delivering value, as well as change, to help make a difference to the lives of our residents within West Sussex. The procurement and contract management functions are undertaking a transformation and moving to a best in class category management approach. Your role as a Category Manager will align to the People category, which covers Adults' Services, Children's Services, Education and Public Health. You will manage sub-categories within this portfolio and collaborate with directorates/services and the Category Lead, to champion a new best practice commercial approach to external spend in order to deliver value for money outcomes and transform the ways services are delivered. Experience and Skills Experience of the OJEU procurement process and an understanding of social care systems, legislation and policy are important elements for this role; however the overriding requirement is the commercial skill set and behaviours in order to drive change within a public sector environment. In addition you will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

Key Skills:

  • • Negotiation: A skilled negotiator with a broad range of skill sets.
  • • Analysis: Skilled in being able to conduct analysis on complex data sets to provide concise insights.
  • • Stakeholder Management: Strong stakeholder management skills, demonstrating ability to engage with stakeholders at multi levels.
  • • Leading and Managing Others: Strong project leadership and management capabilities and experience, with capacity to manage multiple small and medium sized projects.
  • • Change Management: Understands change management and process improvement with experience in supporting business process/organisational change.
  • • Strategy Delivery: Experience of delivering and implementing category and sourcing strategies, delivering strategies for various sub-categories. Qualifications and/or experience:
  • • MCIPS qualified procurement professional/working towards MCIPS with significant experience managing and leading projects. • Knowledge and experience of EU procurement processes, using Government procurement frameworks.
  • • Experience of identifying and implementing relevant commercial terms and has a good understanding of commercial risks and exposures.
  • • Demonstrable experience of delivering total cost of ownership savings.
  • • Understanding of supplier management and can demonstrate development of a supplier over time.
  • • Demonstrate an understanding of the latest market and procurement trends within the sub-category area of expertise.
  • • Good knowledge of chosen category area.

Our vision for the county is that local communities are independent, strong and vibrant. We target our effort on those services that will make the biggest difference to communities, enabling them to help themselves in achieving their aspirations. Increasing demographic pressures, continuing challenges to provide residents and communities with greater levels of choice and control over services, and the tighter financial constraints placed on the authority mean that the Council needs to continually review the way it operates. Working with elected Members, the leadership team has set out a clear vision of how we will continue to deliver for our residents over the next five years. This plan will provide the vision and direction, as well as the framework for our organisation and our collective partnership working across West Sussex. It is now our job, with our Members, to deliver on these commitments for and on behalf of our residents. Working for us is all about making a positive difference to the people of West Sussex. In addition to 29 days annual leave and a generous pension scheme as an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.


How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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