As a council that spends over £340 million a year with around 3,500 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 cost savings and other targeted benefits through the adoption of the Category Management approach to procurement.
As our Procurement Category Manager for Health and Social Care 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. All the while retaining a clear focus on improving the outcomes for our service users and achieving best value.
This role will offer you ample scope to use your creativity to plan and implement procurement projects that make a valuable contribution to the council and our most vulnerable children and adults. You will work closely and collaboratively with service managers throughout this process, as well as ensure Category Officers work effectively in delivering against required priorities.
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 in people orientated services. You will also have a good grasp, as well as a passion, for helping achieve the highest level of equality and the best possible outcomes for our service users.
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 are one of the UK's most culturally vibrant and diverse areas, with over 200,000 people living within eight square miles at the heart of London's East End.
The borough includes a number of London's famous attractions including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Columbia Road Flower Market and Billingsgate Fish Market. The attractions of Bangla Town bring in thousands of tourists every year. It is also home to some amazing buildings like those at Canary Wharf and the RIBA award winning Idea Store in Whitechapel.
Tower Hamlets is one of the best connected boroughs in London and accessibility is improving all the time.
We are a values-led organisation. The council's core values achieving results, valuing diversity, learning effectively, and engaging with others inform what we do and how we do it. They provide a structured way of highlighting the skills and behaviours the council need staff to demonstrate in order to deliver quality services.
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, including the opportunity to work one day a week from home in this role. For more information click http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/jobs_and_careers/working_for_tower_hamlets_coun/staff_benefits.aspx
For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke or Sue Wait our retained consultants at Jobsgopublic on 020 7427 8255, or email
We wish to make the application process as straightforward as possible and we just ask that you complete our online application form providing further information against just a couple of specific questions. You are also welcome to attach your CV, if you have one to further support your application.
Closing date: 12pm Monday, 5th June
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