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Sub Category Manager - Grants

Posted: 14 Nov 2019 Closes: 1 Dec 2019
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £30,325
Fixed term & Full time met-office/20191114155228

Salary starting at £30,325 with opportunities to increase up to £33,260 per annum.


The Commercial and Procurement Team works with people across the Met Office, delivering the most economically advantageous procurement and contract management solutions to user requirements. The team also facilitates e-procurement solutions and innovation in the approach to procurement. 

The post holder will reside, and be line managed, within the Commercial and Procurement team but on a day-to-day basis will work within the Commissioning Team, which has been established in response to our expanding Grant Delivery role. The Sub-Category manager roles presents an excellent opportunity to understand and contribute to grant defrayment procedures across a number of grant programmes.

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Senior Category Manager, the Sub Category Manager is expected to support the development of the grant category strategy and end to end sourcing of a range of requirements building up experience within the grant category. The Sub Category Manager is expected to work towards being an expert within the Commissioning Team, in the supply, commercial and compliance aspects of grant defrayment. 

The Sub Category Manager is expected to work towards being a key interface with the internal stakeholder and other stakeholders within the wider BEIS and Government community.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Understand historic and future expenditure profiles relating to our Grant Delivery role. Engage with the stakeholder to understand business needs and jointly work up strategies for the various grant programmes. Support the development and delivery of procurement and supply chain strategies. 
  • Work in close partnership with all stakeholders across the organisation as appropriate. 
  • Supporting internal and external monitoring of supply chain relationships, ensuring that supply chains are as efficient as possible and meet the needs of the organisation. 
  • Support the end to end procurement / defrayment process for a specific set of products and services ensuring the successful delivery of contracts that are compliant with the terms of the overarching Grant Conditions (e.g. with DFID, BEIS etc.) and adhere to all relevant EU legislations, value for money principles and commercial probity. 
  • Provide support and guidance as appropriate for Supplier and contract management to ensure continuous improvement, delivery of service levels and price competitiveness are maintain or enhanced. 
  • Ensure effective lines of communication with stakeholders to keep them appraised of relevant information and progress with projects. 
  • Responsible for signing purchasing contracts, grants and agreements (which are financial and legal contracts of commitment) for a specific value where the requirement meets specific criteria outlined within the Delegated Authorities Policies. 
  • Responsible for signing procurement contracts (which are financial and legal contracts of commitment ) for a specific value where the requirement meets specific criteria outlined within the Delegated Authorities Policies 
  • Supporting interface with key stakeholders for the category. Typically advising stakeholders on process, supply markets, timescales, supplier performance management and issues and procurement procedures. 
  • Supporting interface with suppliers / grant recipients. 
  • Supporting interface for Grant Delivery with other members of the BEIS family or other Government bodies 
  • Contribute to the maintenance and update of procurement policies, systems and processes.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Achieved or willing to work towards a relevant Procurement or Legal (MCIPS, CILEx, GDL, IACCM or equivalent) qualification.
  2. Experience or working knowledge of procurement, or equivalent relevant experience.
  3. The ability to provide advice and guidance to internal and external stakeholders on a variety of processes.
  4. Adaptable to change in line with new emerging business drivers, operational needs and government requirements.
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating proven ability to build trust and influence across the organisation and with suppliers.
  6. Proven understanding of value for money.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. A good understanding of grant defrayment and grant compliance requirements.
  2. A good understanding of financial systems and MS Office.
  3. Awareness of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Freedom of Information Act and Transfer of Undertaking for the Protection of Employees (TUPE).

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Key Dates: Closing date 01/12/2019 with interviews to be expected 11/12/2019. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful. 

Whilst this temporary post is for 2 years, there is the potential for it to develop into a permanent position.

For operational reasons this post will be based in Exeter.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting thiscriteria may be considered.

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