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Senior Category Manager - Grants, Science and Deputy Head

Company Met Office Location Devon
Contract Full Time Salary Starting salary of £42,247, increasing to £44,265 as of 1st April 2019. Rising to £48,912
Sector(s) Accountancy, Corporate Development/ Strategy, Finance, Finance/ Account/ Controlling, General Management/ Corporate Management, Management, Office Work, Procurement & Supply Chain, Professional Services, Public Sector, Trading

Job Description


The Commercial and Procurement Team works with people across the Met Office and BEIS Commercial Function, delivering the most economically advantageous commercial outcomes and contract management solutions to user requirements, together with supporting the Commissioning Team, for grants delivery. A Category Management structure is in place which supports innovation in the approach to procurement.

This role will also act in the capacity of Deputy Head of Commercial and Procurement together with working on a day-to-day basis with the Commissioning Team, which has been established in response to our expanding grant delivery role. This role presents an excellent opportunity to lead, influence and shape both the programme and grant defrayment procedures.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Head of Commercial & Procurement, the Senior Category Manager is responsible for deploying the Procurement vision and plans and is expected to be an expert in all aspects of leadership, commercial and procurement. This role will be responsible for reporting all activities relating to commercial activities and ensuring that this reporting meets the overall objectives of the business. There is an expectation that this role will become an expert in the commercial and compliance aspects of grant defrayment.

Job Responsibilities

Responsible for the specific parts of development of the Commercial & Procurement Operating Plan together with the two year forward look pipeline. Developing metrics to manage performance to meet the objectives.
Responsible for the development of plans which deliver procurement methodologies. Developing training and support for staff, identifying methods for engagement of key personnel along with planning and delivery are core components of this responsibility.
Deputy to the Head of Commercial and Procurement providing support as and when necessary and specifically deputising when required. This may include Boards at BEIS Commercial Function level and Commissioning Team Assurance Group.
Responsible for ensuring that the focus of grants activity reflects the needs of the Commissioning Team whilst considering the external environment
Day to day responsibility for up to a team of 3 Grants Contracts professionals and a further 9 team members in the overall function.
Responsible for ensuring that the plans for the function are developed, delivered and assured against Cabinet Office Functional Standards (previously GCOS Standards).
Responsible for signing commercial contracts and grant awards ( which are financial and legal contracts of commitment ) for a specific value where the requirement meets specific criteria outlined within the Delegated Authorities Policies
Principal interface with key stakeholders for the category and when deputising for the Head. Typically advising stakeholders on process, supply markets, timescales, supplier performance management and issues and procurement procedures.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

MCIPS Qualified – or near completion
The ability to provide strategic advice and guidance, understanding risk appetites and application of the relevant laws.
Adaptable to change in line with new emerging business drivers and government requirements.
Ability to think laterally, challenge traditional patterns of service delivery and develop new approaches.
The ability to demonstrate drive and personal effectiveness, with excellent planning and decision skills.
Strong leadership / management skills together with excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating proven ability to build trust and influence across the organisation and with suppliers.
The ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders across the business and government together with the ability to both negotiate and manage expectations around delivery.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

PRINCE II Project Management, MSP
Management qualification
IACCM – Contract Management or Supplier Relationship Management

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