Assistant Category Manager - Tech (B3)

4 days left

30,424.00 - 35,719.00
27 Apr 2022
27 May 2022
Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • This role can be based in Liverpool, Birmingham, Newport or Norwich

About Our Client

The Technology Directorate within the Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

Our focus is to be a partner of choice for our customers when they are buying technology and to offer a flexible route to market for suppliers while ensuring unrivalled 'value for money' for all. We pride ourselves on delivering category expertise, whether designing robust category strategies or delivering 'best in class' commercial agreements/frameworks, with additional advisory support. We are seeking talented Assistant Category Managers to join our Technology Directorate, responsible for the performance of complex commercial agreements/frameworks in the following categories:

- Digital Future

- Technology Solutions & Outcomes

- Network Services

- Technology Products & Services

Job Description

Key Accountabilities:

  • Understand customer business needs and intent to determine how and where the CCS product portfolio may support their business - in collaboration with other internal CCS teams.
  • Create clear and compelling marketing material for customers to adopt our Commercial Agreements and the associated value delivered to them.
  • Execute engagement plans and initiatives with current and new customers to establish, retain and grow spend through Commercial Agreements - in collaboration with internal CCS teams.
  • Manage commercial agreements through all stages of their procurement life cycle; from launch through to expiry and/or replacement.
  • Provide the contract and performance management activity required for commercial frameworks e.g. preparation and delivery of customer meetings, dealing with day to day customer enquiries, maintenance of various performance logs, and risk management.
  • Supplier Management, including the development of supplier plans for growth, conducting supplier reviews of sales and compliance to the terms and conditions and KPIs, cost reduction, risk management and timely provision of management information.
  • Work with business and supplier(s) to identify, track and report projects or pipeline opportunities.
  • Work with suppliers, customers and colleagues to identify, implement and report on commercial benefits (savings).
  • Support the preparation of documents (e.g. specifications, award criteria, pricing models) for colleagues to go to market for new/renewed Commercial Agreements.
  • Develop a good knowledge of Category Strategies, Supplier Market, and Commercial Agreements, sufficient to act as a source of insight and advice to customers.

The Successful Applicant

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Experience in the collation, analysis and presentation of data
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Experience of building and maintaining customer relationships within a procurement environment.
  • Experience of managing Commercial Agreements/frameworks and supplier relationships
  • Ability to translate sub-category strategy into practical implementation plans.

Success Profiles:


Communicating and Influencing

Working Together

Managing a Quality Service

Delivering at Pace


Data analysis and presentation
Contract delivery and performance management

What's on Offer


  • Competitive salary
  • Generous pension scheme
  • A discretionary non-contractual performance related bonus Employee Benefits

A working environment that promotes a positive work / life balance with flexible working options which include:

  • Working remotely in addition to working in advertised office location
  • Further flexible working applications after 26 weeks service
  • Laptop and mobile phone
  • Minimum 25 days annual leave to a maximum service related 30 days excluding bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave* Generous special leave provision
  • 3 paid volunteering days per year
  • Paid time off for public service duties, for example armed forces reservist
  • Learning and development tailored to your role - 5 days paid learning and development leave per year (Reimbursement of professional memberships)
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • An extensive wellbeing programme, supporting mental and physical health

Where specific UK qualifications are required we will take into account overseas equivalents. All third party applications will be forwarded to Michael Page.

  Ref Code: MPYCJN0420225429017Z

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