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Senior Category Manager

Peterborough City Council
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
£58,064 - £63,754 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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

Job Details

Salary: £58,064 - £63,754 per annum

Hours: 37

Contract: Permanent

Base: Sand Martin House, Peterborough - Agile Role (Currently 2 days per week in the office and 3 days work from home)

Holidays: Annual Leave starts at 25 days (plus, public holidays)

Excellent Pension: Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme

Professional Support: Regular supervision, reimbursement of professional fees

About Peterborough City Council: Peterborough City Council is a unitary authority providing all local government services to the people of Peterborough


The postholder will be expected to help to provide a comprehensive compliant procurement service to the Council and Peterborough Limited reporting to the Head of Procurement, to deliver the Council’s vision of a “Bigger and Better Peterborough” and the Council’s values.

The post holder will deliver contracts in areas such as Social Care, Property, Leisure, Public Heath to improve the lives of the people of Peterborough. The post holder will be an expert practitioner in Public Contracts Regulations and will both be an expert practitioner and act as subject matter expert in all areas of Procurement to include but not limited to Stakeholder Engagement, Supplier Engagement, Soft Market Testing, Benchmarking, Tendering (Including Notices), Evaluation and Award. The post holder will have strong negotiation skills. The post holder will have exceptional communication skills and be adept at communicating at all levels.



  • 5 GCSE’s graded at A to C, two of which must be English and Maths (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Membership of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS)  or minimum 5 years experience gained within a comparable environment and studying towards MCIPS.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of the stages involved in developing and implementing contracting strategies.
  • Knowledge of relevant procurement legislation.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Good standard of analytical and data management skills


  • Extensive experience of Line Management to include coaching, training, staff development and appraisal

  • Expert in conducting full end to end procurement process 

  • Experienced Procurement Professional 

Desirable Criteria:

  • Public Sector Procurement Experience  


What we are looking for:

Meet Ashley… They've been working in a variety of Public Sector Procurement positions for at least 5 years and understands the Governance requirements of Local Authorities. Ashley has multi category management experience including Social Care or Highways and Hard and Soft FM higher value procurements. Ashley is emotionally intelligent and has excellent client and stakeholder management skills. Ashley has excellent time and priority management skills and is an experienced programme manager. Ashley is experienced in working through the procurement life cycle reviewing current and past contract performance with the Client to engaging with the market and influencing the specification and procurement plan for procurements. Ashley is an experienced manager and is equally adept in motivating and mentoring staff but is also capable of managing performance that is not up to standard. Ashley is MCIPS qualified or is working towards this currently.

Please contact Richard McCarthy, Head of Commercial and Procurement, for a confidential discussion on 01733 384606 or email


Everyone at Peterborough City Council has a unique opportunity to make Peterborough a better place to live, work and visit. Whether it's protecting people from harm, improving our road network, providing school places for our children or attracting investment in the city.

Peterborough is the fourth fastest growing city in the country with a population of 194,000 residents. As a unitary authority we provide all the council services for our residents, so there's never a dull day.

Peterborough is a thriving city and rapidly expanding to meet the demand for new houses, attract new investment and create new jobs. Regeneration of the city centre is attracting new shops and restaurants and the council is playing a lead role in developing sites which have gone underused for decades and in building new homes.

Not only that, Peterborough is home to a community of diverse cultures and events take place throughout the year to celebrate this.

We want Peterborough to be a city where people have high aspirations, feel safe, live as independently as possible and have the best health and wellbeing. We also want to offer our children and young people the best education possible and provide jobs and opportunities which attract people to our city.

We know that the key to this is a great workforce, with different skills and life experiences. In particular we look to attract people which reflect the many different communities who call Peterborough home.

If you're looking for an organisation which has huge aspiration, values its staff, promotes on-going learning and rewards success, look no further.

Working for us means you will be making a positive difference to the lives of people living in the city.

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