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Senior Category Manager

Leeds City Council
Leeds, West Yorkshire
DIR 45 - £57,176 to £62,694
Closing date
25 Jun 2023

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Public Sector
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Full Time
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Non CIPS member

Procurement and commercial leadership roles

Procurement and Commercial Services (PACS) is a trusted internal provider at the heart of procurement and commercial activity within Leeds City Council. PACS is a forward-thinking multidisciplinary service, and our adaptable and outcomes focused staff continually develop innovative and market-leading practice to maximise outputs, add value and help achieve the council’s Best City Ambition.

We have reviewed our Procurement and Commercial Service and identified new leadership opportunities within the procurement and commercial teams.


PACS procurement team uses a category management approach and provides services with industry insights, knowledge and expertise to help shape procurement activity in relation to Leeds City Council’s £1bn annual external spend.

Senior Category Manager £57,176 to £62,694

As a Senior Category Manager, you will provide leadership and oversight to category managers and their teams, in relation to either people or place based categories. You will help staff to ensure the highest quality of procurement practice by overseeing career development, from apprenticeships to a focused continuing professional development training package.

You will work closely with senior officers in services across the council to ensure a whole contract lifecycle approach which delivers continuing best value from procurement activity and leverages maximum benefits for Leeds communities from our external spend. You will play a crucial role in the development and delivery of the council’s procurement and supplier/market engagement strategies.

Benefits of working with us

We pride ourselves on offering the best employee experience, with a genuine commitment to keeping our colleagues safe and well at work. You can expect a range of staff benefits whilst working for us including:

  • a competitive pay progression structure and the opportunity to join the West Yorkshire Pension Fund – one of the most generous pension funds in the UK flexible career paths with tailored personal and professional development support for you, your home and your family including personal, and financial support flexible working arrangements including a hybrid model between home and office-based working, flexitime and a generous leave entitlement a strong and robust organisation founded on excellent leadership and sound equality, diversity and inclusion policies and practices, built on shared core values

How to apply

Please submit your application by following this link to the Leeds City Council jobs site:

To apply for any of these roles please upload your CV and a personal statement of no more than 500 words to explain why you are suitable for the role.

If you are interested in more than one role, please select a role to apply for and specify in your personal statement which other vacancies you wish to be considered for.

If you have any queries or would like to arrange an informal conversation about these roles please email Kieron Dennett, Head of Procurement and Commercial Services, on 

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 03 July 2023 for the Head of Procurement and Head of Commercial roles, and during the week commencing 10 July 2023 for the Senior Category Manager and Strategic Commercial Business Partner roles.

We promote diversity and want a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds and the communities we serve. Leeds City Council is an Inclusive employer, ranked 70 on the Stonewall top 100 employers 2023 list. We are also an Age friendly employer, a Mindful employer and a Disability Confident leader.

All new Leeds City Council appointments are made subject to the satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.

This role is based in the UK. Employment is conditional on confirmation of the right to work in the UK - either as a UK or Irish citizen, under the EU Settlement scheme or having secured any other relevant work visa. If you do not have the right to work in the UK and the role does not meet eligibility for sponsorship, please consider carefully whether you meet the eligibility to apply.

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