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IT Category Manager (Police)

  • Job reference: MC/477
  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: IT
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Job description: Service Care Solutions are looking for an IT Category Manager (7F) for a long-term contact initially based in Chelmsford.

The main responsibility of this role is to manage directly allocated ICT contract procurements and provide supervision to the Assistant Category Managers.
To undertake ICT category related procurement activities including market development, tendering, implementation, and monitoring of procurement contracts across the 7 Forces as directed by the Head of the ICT Category.

Main responsibilities

*Undertake effective tendering activity for the whole procurement life cycle for ICT contract procurements, in accordance with PCR 2015; implementation, monitoring and development of existing and new ICT contracts for the 7 Forces, including negotiating and setting contract specifications, in-conjunction with the Client lead.

*Engage with the ITC supplier market in developing new products and services via various working groups and programme/ project boards within the 7 Forces, assisting with setting specifications and standards for goods and services as required, in order to obtain cost effective/ value for money goods and services that meet the Force's specifications. Requires good experience of procurement and contract management across the ICT category and a broad, high-level technical understanding of ICT products and services.

*Utilise category management practices to profile, benchmark, research and assess the market. Manage procurement pilots, initiatives and product trials, and undertake market research for new or revised products, in conjunction with ICT stakeholders, and record evaluations and recommendations, gaining customer, and where appropriate, supplier feedback, in order to ensure products are of the appropriate quality and are financially viable/offer best value for use within the Forces.

*Manage re-licencing of ITC products and services across the 7 Forces, in conjunction with ITC stakeholders, ensuring timely renewals and best Value for Money are attained when appropriately using re-sellers.

*Manage and develop supplier relationships and on-going negotiations for the assigned category using procurement tools such as cost trend analysis, interpreting complex financial models and supplier performance reviews to monitor the quality and timeliness of goods and services provided, identifying and mitigating risks and supporting the client in addressing poor performance, ensuring an effective and efficient service is maintained to support the 7 Forces.

Necessary experience:

Skills and abilities:
*Good analytical skills to align procurement solutions with customer needs.
*Good verbal and written communication skills.
*Good interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise successfully with staff/officers of all levels and external individuals, and to influence stakeholders within the 7 Forces and external organisations.
*Good commercial awareness and to be able to identify potential opportunities that will benefit the 7 Forces.

*Provide innovative thinking and impetus to help drive through change and develop and enhance an integrated function across the seven forces. (essential)
*Good organisational, time management and project management skills in order to ensure delivery of results to agreed deadlines.
*Ability to travel as required throughout the 7 Force region.

Qualifications / Education / Training:
*The post holder will hold CIPS Level 5 in-line with the CIPS structure guidance or be able to clearly evidence equivalent levels of experience, technical knowledge and expertise by having worked as a leading Procurement professional in the area of ICT Services for a complex, public sector organisation. (essential)

Work Experience and Knowledge:
*At least 5 years' experience in category management (essential)

If this looks like something you could be interested in, please call Martin Cookson on 01772 208962.