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Head of Category

Crown Prosecution Service
CPS Areas across England and Wales
£51,870 - £60,550 (National) £55,850 - £66,000 + £3,150 RRA (London)
Closing date
19 Apr 2023

Are you an experienced commercial professional who has led and managed complex contracts and procurement exercises? Here at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) we are recruiting two Heads of Category to join the commercial team within our Finance Directorate; one leading on digital category and the other leading on the operations and central functions for the CPS. 

This is an ideal time to join the CPS commercial team, who are expanding and developing their function to deliver a wide-ranging, transformative commercial strategy. The commercial team play a vital part through working with customers, suppliers, and markets to ensure our diverse range of services are provided to the highest quality and deliver excellent value for money.  

In the role of Head of Category you will be a member of the commercial leadership team, leading on commercial response, contracts, commercial excellence and end to end process of Category management. You will be implementing and maintaining processes to ensure category and contract procurements are conducted in line with procurement regulations and policy. Ensuring that we are delivering cost savings, value for money, quality control and robust commercial outcomes. 

We are seeking individuals who will bring their experience of developing and delivering supplier management strategies, being an expert commercial advisor to stakeholders, advocating the benefits of category management. You will have strong, effective communication and influencing skills to delivery strategy development and implementation within your Category remit. Having  drive and ambition alongside pro-active thinking will be key in this role, working in a complex and challenging environment to resolve commercial issues.  

At the CPS we pride ourselves on providing a variety of benefits that ensure our employees’ requirements are at the core. We want to ensure our employees can thrive at work and home and offer a range of support to achieve a balance. This includes flexibility of working hours, flexibility to support caring responsibilities and a family friendly approach to work. We also offer a range of benefits including:   

  • Competitive Civil Service pension scheme   
  • Childcare vouchers   
  • Cycle2work scheme   
  • Access to employee savings including high street retailer offers and discounts    
  • Generous annual leave (25 days leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service), plus bank holidays   
  • 1 extra privilege day for the King’s birthday   
  • 3 days paid leave for volunteering   
  • Flexible working and hybrid working   
  • Wellbeing offer and counselling   
  • Occupational health support   
  • Individual learning budget of £350 per year (in addition to CPS training)   

It’s an exciting, transformative time at the CPS; we are seeking people to help build on our continuing journey to improve the commercial function’s offering, supporting the vital work the CPS does. This is a high profile role, so if you have the skills and qualities we’re looking for and are looking for a role which allows you to support the delivery of justice, find out more and apply today. 


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