Senior Category Buyer

Regional home force (Avon & Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire or Wiltshire)
£37,134 - £41,517
16 Nov 2022
29 Nov 2022
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Senior Category Buyer

Employing Force: Devon & Cornwall

Contract Type: Permanent

Department: D&C Procurement

Location: Exeter Police Station

Type of working arrangement: Hybrid Worker

A Hybrid Worker is an employee whose role can be performed remotely from a variety of alternative locations including force premises, partner organisation premises or a member of staff's home.

Grade: Grade 8

Advertised Internally / Externally: Tier 1 - 4: Internal and External

Salary: Starts at £37,134 rising by yearly increments to a maximum of £41,517 per annum

Salary Information: The above salary is based on a full time (37 hour) salary. If you are successful in a part time role this will be pro-rata'd to reflect your working hours.

Please note: Exceptions to starting salary may apply if you are an existing Police Staff employee substantively posted to a role at the same grade.

Does Flexi-Time apply to this role?  Yes

Additional allowance information: For additional information on allowances please see our "allowances" page

Part/Full Time: Full Time

Hours per week: 37

We welcome applications from individuals wishing to work on a part-time basis and are willing to consider flexible working patterns subject to business need.


Principal Responsibility

To lead on the South West Police Procurement Service (SWPPS) approach to managing and delivering successful regional procurement in identified key sub-categories, especially the complex / high value procurements within the Commissioned Services of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioners (OPCCs) which will involve the full engagement of key Commissioning stakeholders (including Senior Commissioning leads, Partner Organisations, operational and technical experts and Senior Executives in each of the forces, OPCCs and potentially Co-Commissioning partners of the Five Regional Force areas) and building effective and productive relationships with specific suppliers, as well as leading a procurement team.  The role will focus on four key areas of activity:


SWPPD Development and Management:

Actively engage regional Commissioners to deliver effective sourcing strategies for Commissioned services

Actively engage regional and national groups for specific categories of spend

Manage one or more Category Buyers

Develop individuals and teams to enhance performance


Category Strategy:

Understand key supply market drivers, market conditions and trends for their category areas with particular knowledge of the VCSE and Commissioned Services markets

Understand how to access supplier data and information. Understand the analysis process and how to apply it to new situations

Understand available internal and external data, complete spend analysis and provide insight

Understand potential changes to the future requirements for their category areas

Understand the potential impact of differing Commissioning strategies and Commissioning Intentions across the region

Support the process to generate robust category strategies with the correct level of analytical rigour

Engage with the senior stakeholder community and help gain buy-in for recommendations

Ensure the strategy delivers ‘best value’ based on a combination of quality of product, service and cost, and that the strategic sourcing process is applied consistently and appropriately

Understand the requirements, the differences and specific pressures that come with Grant Funded Commissioning as opposed to Standard public sector procurement

Achieve Procurement savings


Category Sourcing

Lead on complex and high value / high risk procurements

Select appropriate procurement route and assessment criteria

Quality assure advertisements for the letting of contracts, particularly for publication in the Official Journal of the European Union

Quality assure tender documents

Develop user specifications with key stakeholders

Ensure that all procurement contracts and awards comply with standing orders and financial regulations, central government directives, and all relevant national and European legislation

Manage the implementation of multiple new contracts across the region

Utilise e-procurement tools


Category Management

Develop and implement appropriate tools and criteria to objectively measure supplier performance in terms of cost, risk, stakeholder satisfaction, supplier performance and continuous improvement

Manage and develop operational relationships with key suppliers to maximise value to the business


It would be beneficial for the candidate to be able to demonstrate:

A proven capability track record of procuring Commissioned services for the Public sector.

Knowledge and experience of procuring Victim and Offender related Outcome based services

Good working Knowledge of how Grant funding works, working with and procuring from, the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise markets

Experience of Co-Commissioning services with other Public bodies (e.g. NHSE&I, Local Authorities, The Probation Services, Public Health England, Ministry of Justice etc)

Experience of delivering procurement projects that are innovative and outcome focussed.


Closing Date 

29/11/2022, 12:00


For Further Information, Please Contact:

Hiring Line Manager: Eyan Naylor

Hiring Line Manager Position: Category Manager

Hiring Line Manager Phone Number: N/A

Hiring Line Manager Email Address:

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