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Category Manager (Capital Programme) OCC252144

Job details


Salary range: £46,845 - £49,860 per annum

Work location: Oxford and Banbury (with county wide travel)

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permenent

Closing date: Tuesday 2nd November 2021



Why Oxfordshire?


Oxfordshire has a wonderful balance between beautiful Cotswold countryside and quaint villages and towns against the urban dynamic of the world-renowned university City of Oxford and surrounding market towns. It is a thriving county with one of the fastest growing economies in the country with a rapidly growing science sector in and around the county and is the base for many national and internationally recognised companies and organisations. Oxford has good transport links to London and the rest of the country. 



About us


This is an exciting time for procurement at Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council, with its service undergoing a significant transformation that will position it to deliver outstanding value to the councils and the communities it serves.


As a part of the Councils transformation, the new design sets out a fundamentally different operating model and structure for how the Councils will deliver Provision Cycle activities in the future,

focusing on:


  • The establishment of a consolidated Procurement and Contract Management Hub to drive the professionalisation and consistency with which procurement and contract management activities are delivered as well as reducing fragmentation and duplication of effort.
  • The implementation of a category led approach to managing spend in order to aid organisational wide decision making in relation to key areas of expenditure and break down historic service-based silos.
  • Developing a single repository of contract and spend data that is trusted by all stakeholders and used to inform effective decision making in relation to third party spend.
  • The establishment of effective, and appropriate, governance relating to both Councils expenditure with third parties.
  • Continuing to develop effective joint working across Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council and other partners where this arises
  • Implementing a future proofed model that can be quickly scaled based on increased spend/demand in a certain category, or new categories.



About the role


The role of procurement and contract management is to support both Councils, and the wider public sector system in Oxfordshire, to deliver effective and consistent services and ensure that products and services purchased from suppliers represent value for money.


The post holder will work with Procurement and Contract Management Officers and Assistants to deliver agreed procurement and contract management activities in relation to their Level 1 category, ensuring that resources are flexed and prioritised to meet changing demands and to ensure performance aims and objectives are successfully delivered in accordance with agreed targets.


The role will require joint working with other Council Directorates, Officers, Suppliers, Communities and other Partners, therefore being able to build working relationships and communicate effectively is important.



Rewards and benefits


  • Various cycling options including a tax-saving bike purchase scheme
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Up to 32 days annual leave each year
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Relocation expenses of up to £8,000 for eligible new starters
  • Tailored induction
  • Family friendly schemes to help balance family commitments including generous maternity, paternity and support for carers and a tax-saving childcare voucher scheme.
  • Good career opportunities
  • Excellent pension scheme, with employer contributions of up to 20 per cent of salary
  • Staff Discount Scheme for a range of retailers; holidays; insurance; eating out; health and leisure activities
  • Discounts on rail and bus travel
  • Continuing professional development - employees can develop their skills and knowledge through our online training platform.
  • Coaching, workshops, mentoring, shadowing and support from social groups



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


To arrange an informal discussion about the role please email Becky Saunders, Head of Category on Becky.Saunders@Oxfordshire.gov.uk



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory. 


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form





This is a joint role which encompasses duties and responsibilities across both Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council.


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 


All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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