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Procurement Category Manager – Commissioning & Culture
  • Employer: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Reference: J-1417
  • Published: Thu 13/04/2023, 16:01 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 01/05/2023, 1:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 Hours
  • Salary: £52,806 - £55,845
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Town Hall, 160 Whitechapel Road, LONDON

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Procurement Category Manager – Commissioning & Culture

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.

As our Procurement Category Manager for Commissioning & Culture, you will play a critical role in leading a strategic priority workstream and working with key stakeholders, 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.

The primary aspect of this new and exciting role will be responsible for developing and implementing our Leisure Insourcing strategic procurement and contract management plan to ensure the orderly mobilisation, transition and mobilisation of the Council’s Leisure Centres. This important workstream will support a sustainable and commercial business model, producing future growth, increases in community participation and strengthening of our integrated wellbeing offer.

You will lead and manage the Leisure Insourcing procurement strategy and workstream delivering the agreed plan of activity ensuring the programme and operation of the new services achieves its strategic and operational objectives. Please note this role is an 18 Month fixed term contract.

For an informal discussion before you apply please contact Matt Eady, Director of Commissioning and Culture on 0207 364 4056.

About You

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

About Us

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 have recently moved into our new town hall, the old Royal London Hospital in the heart of Whitechapel.

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

This is a 18 month fixed term 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.

Application Details

All applications should be made via our online application system. In addition, CVs and supporting statement are to be uploaded on the online application system.

Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants apply via the Council's website

Tower Hamlets vision for our borough is that: people are aspirational, independent and have equal access to opportunities; we are a borough that our residents are proud of and love to live in; and we are a dynamic, outcomes-based council using digital innovation and partnership working to respond to the changing needs of our borough. We want people who aspire to our TOWER values: Together; Open; Willing; Excellent; Respect.

Tower Hamlets has a zero-tolerance approach to, and works to eradicate, all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, status as a civil partner, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy and maternity and looks to employ a diverse workforce representative of those groups. We recognise that people can also be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class.

We welcome applicants interested in flexible working arrangements and also applicants who live in the borough