Head of Category (Place and Corporate)

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Local Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 30/12/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £60,714 per annum*


Waltham Forest is one of the greenest and fastest growing areas in the Capital, Council of the Year 2019 and also London’s first Borough of Culture. With fantastic connectivity, huge investment potential and limitless ambition Waltham Forest is a great place to live and work.

Following a review and restructure of the Procurement Department we are seeking this senior role to join the Procurement Management Team to continue our journey to deliver sustained excellence and innovation across all spend categories to benefit our citizens, businesses and staff.

Key Responsibilities:

  • This is a critical leadership role that works closely with senior managers and suppliers and you will:
  • As a key member of the Procurement Management Team, shape the strategy and drive the performance of the department.
  • Partner with Directors and senior managers across the Councils to identify creative and innovative solutions to their procurement needs and influence their adoption of the right processes.
  • Be responsible for the full life-cycle of all third party spend within the Place and Corporate Categories.  This includes areas such as Facilities Management, Waste Management services, ICT, Leisure services, ICT, Agency and professional services.
  • Lead in identifying and delivering multi-million pound savings efficiencies that meet Council priority needs as well as implementing procurement best practices.
  • Continually seek to enhance the capabilities and performance of your team by applying learning to benefit others.
  • Benefit from learning and development opportunities as we seek to develop the potential and contribution of our leaders.
  • Be present across the two Councils that we currently support: at Walthamstow (for London Borough of Waltham Forest) and Ilford (for London Borough of Redbridge).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of developing and successfully delivering sourcing solutions, realising cashable savings
  • Leading cross functional project teams
  • Negotiating complex contract changes
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Experience of Category Management in a public sector environment
  • An ability to work across a range of senior and diverse stakeholders
  • Formulate and implement procurement policies and strategies

Indicative Qualifications:

  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent
  • Relevant professional qualification
  • Full MCIPS or equivalent in strategic sourcing
  • Project Management experience

We are looking for an individual with proven leadership capabilities, drive and ambition to continually improve your and your team’s performance.  Someone who can operate and influence in complex organisations who has demonstrated outstanding results in procurement and project delivery.  Success depends on our people and securing excellent services and support from great suppliers.  If you have the ambition, then this is the opportunity to join a successful and growing team, to make a real operational and strategic impact and help to achieve the strategic ambitions of these Councils.

Closing date for applications: 10am, Monday 13 January 2020

Please send CV and supporting statement (max 1 page) to vickypower@allenlane.co.uk

For further information and for a confidential discussion, please contact me on 0203 0319639.

*plus staff benefits

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