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Category Lead - Grade 7

Industry SectorConstruction, Engineering, Public Sector & Not For Profit, Retail, Services
Salary£46,150 to £59,590 per annum
Town/CityLondon, Bristol, York, Peterborough & Reading
LocationsAnglia, East Midlands, London, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East (Excl London), South West, Tyne Tees, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber
Contract TypePermanent or Interim
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted15 January 2018

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Job description

About Defra 

In Defra, we deal with a vast range of issues that profoundly impact on people’s lives. We are responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, the food and farming sectors and have lead responsibility for protection from a wide range of natural threats and hazards. Your role will be critically important to achieving our vision of ‘creating a great place for living’. 

This is a particularly exciting time to join Defra. We are one of the lead Departments in delivering a successful exit from the EU. Leaving the EU will fundamentally change the work we do and how we deliver it. You will have the opportunity to contribute towards the delivery of projects in relation to day 1 readiness and support the strategic development of new approaches to a wide range of issues affecting millions of people in the UK. 

You will play an active role in delivering Defra’s priorities, working creatively and collaboratively with others to deliver excellent outcomes. This role will provide significant opportunities to develop your own skills and future career. 

The work you will be doing 

Category Leads are required to support the Head of Corporate Solutions and Head of Technical Services to develop and deliver strategic procurements, guarantee procurement policies are adhered to in order to deliver value for money and innovative commercial solutions. Furthermore, these roles are required to support the Department’s requirements in terms of EU Exit, including but not limited to engagement with the supply chain, provision of operational tendering support and development of commercial arrangements. The Corporate Solutions and Technical Services Category Leads will be required to take a strategic approach when managing all stakeholders, both internal and external, and collaborate with other departments and/or agencies where appropriate. These roles require excellent prioritisation skills, attention to detail, the ability to multitask and to deliver at pace within a complex and demanding environment. 

Duties will include: 

• Support the Senior Management Team in commercial leadership across the Defra Network through key initiatives ensuring best practice, delivery of savings and development of a strong commercial culture which considers both technical and commercial requirements when letting contracts; 

• Manage relationships with internal and external category stakeholders and wider government; 

• Lead and support the development and implementation of the identified category strategies; development of savings opportunities and benchmarking of industry standards and practices to identify quick win opportunities; 

• Provide day to day commercial advice to customers on procurement issues and governance, helping to determine appropriate procurement strategies, which manage risk, exploit commercial opportunities and maximise value for money over the whole life of the contract; 

• Lead on responses to Requests For Information (RFI), Requests For Proposals (RFP), Requests for Quotations (RFQ) and Service Level Agreements; 

• Provide specialist advice to customers on procurement issues and Governance, Intellectual Property Rights, single tenders, European Procurement and contract management; 

• Provide specialist support using subject matter knowledge, commercial skills, knowledge and experience; 

• Engage with EU Exit project teams to understand requirements related to the category, establish needs, provide support to develop pipelines and conduct procurement activities; 

• Lead the commercial and contractual interaction with suppliers, including supply chain early market support, engagement with key markets and suppliers, particularly in relation to EU Exit where it is expected there may be competition, issues with capacity and skills within the market; 

• Provide operational tendering support, including developing requirements, specifications, running tenders and letting contracts, including for EU Exit related projects related to the category.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

Delivering value for money
Making effective decisions
Managing a quality service
Achieving commercial outcomes
Changing and improving
Leading and communicating

You must provide evidence against the following on your application form:

Delivering value for money
Making effective decisions
Managing a quality service

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