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Category Manager

Newcastle, UK
Salary 35333 DAILY
Closing date
19 Dec 2022
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Located in the Staffordshire countryside and just five miles from Stoke-on-Trent, Keele University is a world-renowned for its breadth of teaching and research that tackles the world's most urgent problems.

Role Summary:

To assist the Senior Category Manager with the establishment and development of effective procurement strategies, processes and controls.

To provide professional procurement support and advice to University Directorates and Schools.

To assist the University to achieve value for money through the promotion of lowest total cost of ownership, ensuring compliance with internal and external regulations governing procurement activity.

To assist tender activity in allocated category areas ensuring compliance with UK Public Procurement Regulations, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), other external funding and framework structures as applicable.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To work with the Senior Category Manager to develop and deliver plans that optimise value for money, support the efficient and cost effective purchase of goods and services for the University and ensure alignment to the University???s policies.
  • To assist with tendering activity for the University in allocated category areas, delivering best value for money and mitigating identified contractual risk.
  • To identify category spend and recommend the most appropriate procurement strategy to meet customer requirements whilst maintaining compliance with University policy and procedures. 
  • Provide specialist advice on the most appropriate procurement route for allocated category areas.
  • Assist on procurement for multiple projects, balancing a variety of critical deliverables (time, cost, quality, sustainability, etc.) without compromising service standards or risk management.
  • Understand and encourage the use of existing contracts (local, regional, or national) and work with the relevant consortiums to improve these.
  • To ensure procurement activity and subsequent contract management is undertaken in compliance with external investment sources and specifically the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 
  • Ensure that all tendering activity makes maximum use of electronic systems to encourage transparency and demonstrate process efficiency.
  • Promote and support procurement best practice to ensure that all spending represents value for money.
  • Analyse spend data and ensure that expenditure is undertaken in line with the requirements of the University???s Financial Regulations, Financial Procedures and Procurement Procedures and Guidelines.
  • Use various systems including the University???s Oracle Financial System, tendering software (In-Tend), Value for Money reporting (PVS), and e-Marketplace (Parabilis) particularly to provide and analyse management information to inform high level decision-making.
  • Assist with the review and development of tendering procedures and processes to enable continuous improvement and to ensure that they reflect best practice and legislation.
  • Contribute to wider collaborative initiatives, including attending and representing the University at various regional and national procurement groups (i.e. the North West Purchasing Consortium), for allocated category areas.


Team Work:

  • Work closely with other team members of the Directorate of Finance.
  • Work closely with officers in other University Directorates and Schools.
  • Build, develop and sustain excellent working relationships with colleagues in other University Directorates and Schools;
  • Report to the Senior Category Manager and Project Leads on a regular basis regarding ongoing activity and benefits achieved as well as providing specialist advice on procurement risks and recommending appropriate action.
  • Assist with co-ordination of specialist input (technical, legal, financial etc) from colleagues to ensure that the procurement process reflects customer requirements and facilitates effective delivery of programmes.


Communication / Documentation:

  • Communicate effectively across a wide range of audiences.
  • Be able to communicate procurement advice clearly.
  • Liaise, establish and maintain positive links with external agencies and providers.
  • Make use of available technologies and resources to assist in the delivery of projects .


Personal Development / Performance:

  • Ability to observe and define priorities and timetables in the achievement of strategic and operational objectives.
  • Adhere to the University's environmental policy and procedures and seek to promote environmental sustainability within area of responsibility. 


Equality, Diversity, Health and Safety and Strategy:

  • A strong commitment to the principles and practice of equality and diversity.
  • Thorough understanding and application of the Dignity and Respect Framework.
  • Take reasonable care of the Health and Safety of yourself and that of any other person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.
  • Co-operate with Keele University in ensuring as far as is necessary, that Statutory Requirements, Codes of Practice, University Policies and School/Departmental health and safety arrangements are complied with.


Keele University is committed to taking positive steps to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff and has been awarded the disability symbol. We undertake to offer all applicants with a disability and who meet the minimum essential criteria an interview. If you wish to be considered under this scheme, please indicate this by selecting ???Yes??? in the Guaranteed Interview Scheme Section of your application. You can also provide specific information of any requirements/adjustments you may require to assist you during the recruitment process within this section.

The information you provide on your application will be forwarded to the recruiting area so that they may consider whether they can facilitate your requested adjustments. Please note that if you do not indicate that you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident scheme in your application, you will not be considered under this Scheme.

Next Steps:

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