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Category Manager (Procurement)

Wessex Water
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

Category Manager (Procurement)

It's an exciting time to join our Procurement team as we are currently expanding to support the business for the next phase of our investment plan for AMP8.

As part of this expansion, we are looking for Category Managers, who have experience working within regulated procurement.

What you'll do

As a Category Manager, you will enjoy working with your stakeholders to identify the best way to deliver value. You will work with the business to influence spend, understand the market and supply base for your categories and develop innovative sourcing opportunities.

Working at an experienced level, you will ensure that all procurement activity within your area adheres to the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 and that agreements are designed and implemented to deliver best value to the company.

You will manage the tender process, from identifying potential suppliers through selection to the award, implementation and management of the agreement or contract.

What you'll need

You will have procurement category experience within one or more of the following areas:

• construction works and related services (familiar with NEC Contracts)

• utility technologies

• goods and services (M&E, chemicals, construction or similar).

In addition, you will ideally have:

• an understanding of Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, or experience working with

similar Framework Agreements in the Public Sector, Defence, Highways, Rail or

Nuclear industries

• tendering and framework management experience

• excellent stakeholder management and communication skills

• the ability to operate both independently, as well as working collaboratively as part of a team

• strong commercial and negotiation skills

• MCIPS or equivalent

• working knowledge of eSourcing systems.

What you'll receive

• Total pension contributions up to 20%.

• Career progression and professional development opportunities.

• 25 days' holiday rising to 28 with length of service.

• The opportunity to buy up to ten days' holiday and sell up to five every year.

• A healthcare package that allows you to claim back healthcare costs.

• Life assurance of up to eight times your salary.

• A new electric car in exchange for part of your gross salary.

• Cashback and discounts from more than 3,000 retailers.

• One paid volunteering day each year.

• Enhanced family leave and pay arrangements.

• An interactive health and wellbeing platform.

• Support from mental health first aiders.

• A £1,000 referral fee if you recommend someone to work for us.

Who we are

We are one of the top-performing water and sewerage companies in England and Wales, serving 2.9 million people across the South West.

The work we do goes beyond providing an essential public service. We also aim to have a positive impact on the communities we serve and the natural environment.

Our people tell us Wessex Water is a great place to work, which is why so many of them stay with us! You will have the opportunity to develop and progress your career, while also receiving health and wellbeing support.

We also continue to promote diversity and inclusion – with that in mind, all applicants are welcome. We are delighted to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a Disability Confident Employer.

This is an exciting opportunity to join us and if you would like to be part of our journey, we would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to let us know about any additional support you may need.

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