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Procurement Category Officer

Kent and Medway Towns Fire and Rescue Authority
KFRS Headquarters, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6XB, with hybrid working available
£33,101 - £37,583 per annum
Closing date
20 Oct 2023

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Specialist Area
Job Level
Executive / Officer
Construction, Information Technology
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Procurement Category Officer x 2 – One covering ICT Category and one covering Facilities Management and Construction Category 

Kent Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters, Tovil, Maidstone ME15 6XB (hybrid working enabled) 

Grade 6: £33,101 - £37,583 per annum 

Full Time – 37 hours per week  

Ref: VR1150 


Being a part of Kent Fire and Rescue Service  

Everyone is unique. Everyone has value. Everyone helps to make Kent Fire and Rescue Service a great place to work. We are one team. Together with our customers we are creating a safer future for Kent and Medway.  


Being a ‘Procurement Category Officer’ 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is seeking to recruit two Category Officers 

to join its Procurement and Commercial Team. The Team is formed of five Categories; Facilities Management and Construction (Property); ICT; Fleet; Professional Services; Operations. You will support either the ICT category or the Facilities Management and Construction category.  


What you’ll do 

  • Lead and provide support in developing and promoting an innovative approach to procurement and market analysis.  
  • Provide data and supplier analysis and support new methods of service delivery to achieve, not only best value in procurement, but continuous improvement through effective contract management. 
  • Support the Category Lead in designing and delivering local and national strategies to maximise collaboration opportunities across the Blue Light sector.  
  • Liaise with internal clients on strategies, priorities, budgets and spend plans. 


What you’ll bring 

  • Experience of Public Sector procurement and the Public Contract Regulations 2015 and be aware of the government’s new Find a Tender Service (FTS).  
  • You will be a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) or be working towards full CIPS membership. 
  • Working knowledge and experience of applying contract and supplier management processes.  
  • A methodical approach to data gathering and analysis. 
  • The ability to build effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Self motivation, demonstrating commercial thinking, financial awareness and add value through engagement.  


How to apply 

Please complete an online application and CV by midnight on 30th October 2023. 

Interviews will take place 7th – 9th November 2023.  

If you have a preference for either role, please do make this clear in your application otherwise you will be considered for either role. 

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. We know that great minds don’t think alike, so we rely on diverse thoughts, feelings, beliefs and backgrounds to create the best working environment that we can possibly offer. 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service, its employees and volunteers, are committed to safeguarding, protecting and supporting children, young people and adults at risk. As part of our safer recruitment process, we will undertake pre-employment checks to verify your suitability for the role. These checks will include your references and a standard or enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Enhanced DBS check with barred lists are carried out for roles with direct and unsupervised access to children, young people and adults at risk. Risk assessments will be undertaken on any disclosures identified as part of the pre-employment checks.  

As a Public Sector organisation with added responsibilities under the Equality Act, 2010 the candidate must demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and how this fits in with their everyday work.  




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