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Category Manager

FCDO Services
Based at Hanslope Park near Milton Keynes, with the flexibility of hybrid working depending on need
£31,000 - £37,725 plus £1,750 location allowance and excellent benefits including Civil Service pens
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

There is a pay award pending which is currently being negotiated with the Trades Unions. It’s proposed as part of the offer that our pay ranges will be adjusted with salary minima’s being uplifted by between 4.5% and 8.6% depending on grade. Details will be confirmed once the pay award is agreed.

You’re a people person and natural communicator. Someone with adaptable communication and influencing skills. And you’re confident analysing, interrogating and evaluating data and developing complex documents to robust process. So have you ever considered taking your career to a global level?

At FCDO Services, you could do your job, bigger. We protect the UK’s interests around the world. We design and construct secure government buildings. We courier diplomatic packages across continents. We help earthquake-proof embassies. We safeguard government tech. And a whole lot more besides. As a Category Manager, you’ll continually develop a chain of quality-assured suppliers to tender for our crucial projects.

Support in the creation of category strategy with impact across continents

With your eye for detail and good experience in procurement, you’ll support in the creation and implementation of sourcing plans. Already familiar with procurement policies, processes and standards – and commercially minded – you’ll confidently look after all aspects of the tendering process, from specification to evaluation and award. You’ll have a knack for translating technical information into something that’s jargon-free and easy to understand. Plus, as you’re well-versed in risk management, you’ll easily spot and address current or potential risks associated with procurement activities.

Provide advice that will influence global projects

With your invaluable knowledge and insight, you’ll provide specialist procurement advice to everyone from project managers to designers. As a trusted pair of hands, you’ll liaise with and appoint high-quality suppliers – ensuring projects are delivered efficiently and effectively. You’ll also develop our existing supply chain, helping our services go from strength to strength. In everything you do, you’ll be easy to work with, reliable, responsive, and great at building relationships.

Develop the skills you need to help people everywhere

When you join us, you’ll be contributing to protecting the nation’s interests at home and overseas – but how will we help you in return? As well as a competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement and Civil Service pension, we’ll also support your development with some superb training opportunities to help you advance your career with us. On-site gyms, nurseries, canteens and restaurants are available, as well as interest-free season ticket and bike loans, but if you want to work from home some of the time, we also offer hybrid working opportunities. Above all, it’s a chance to join a team with rare impact, using your skills to help us protect people, information and assets around the world. In short, it’s your job, bigger.

Every single colleague must be security cleared before joining us. If you’re successful in your application, we’ll ask you to undergo our vetting process to achieve Security Check (SC) clearance. You can find out more about vetting on our website:

Closing date: Midnight 25th September 2023

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world

The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And Employers for Carers. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.




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