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Category Manager - Place

London Borough of Merton
Merton, London
£60,510 - £62,178 per annum
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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

Job Details

We are Merton United, One Borough one Team at an exciting point in our journey. Working for Merton means that  you will be making a difference to the lives of local residents and businesses. Together we are finding new ways to work more efficiently to serve our community.

As Procurement at Merton continues to evolve, we are looking for a skilled, commercially motivated Category Manager to help us achieve significant savings and cost efficiencies. The role will be pivotal in driving forward and challenging the Council’s approach to Category Management and its Make or Buy agenda. The role will also be integral in assisting the Council deliver its strategic priorities and its Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), in line with the changes being brought about by the new Public Procurement Act.

As one of two commercial strategic leads, you will bring commercial and procurement expertise and acumen to senior level business planning and decision-making. It is essential that the post holder fosters strong and effective working relationships with the directorates, including the Corporate Management Team (CMT) and Members. The post holder will influence, advise and constructively challenge to achieve best possible outcomes for our residents through the Council’s considerable external spend. As the commercial and procurement specialist on Departmental Procurement Boards, post holders will participate in decision-making, driving efficiency and forward planning across the Council.

 Additional Information

We are an excellent and fair employer that celebrates and values diversity. A place where you can be your best self at work, where you are listened to and supported to flourish and develop your career.

Please see our why work for us page on our website for more information about a great range of benefits that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you.




Discover your future

Merton is the employer of choice for those looking to further their career in public services.

Our culture is one of staff empowerment to deliver real improvements for the communities we serve and on clear career development. Together we want to build a better Merton.

We offer access to the local government pension scheme, one of the most generous in the UK; 26 days paid holiday, rising to 31 days after five years of service; flexible working; and a first-class staff development programme.

We are, as you would expect, proud to be an equal opportunities employer and have committed to paying the London Living Wage to all our staff and contractors to ensure a fair wage for everyone working for us.

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