Category Manager

A Housing Association based in County Durham is looking for a Category Manager to join their Procurement team.

This is a full time, permanent position and the ideal candidate will have experience working within a procurement environment and will be qualified to or willing to work towards Level 5 or above in a procurement or business related qualification.

The purpose of the role is to support the Procurement Manager in the effective management of the contracts of the organisation.

The Category Manager is responsible for the management of the whole life cycle of contracts from procurement to contract management and review ensuring that the organisation is obtaining value for money in all contracts in addition to compliance with relevant Public Contracts Regulations (PCR2015).

The post holder will liaise closely with relevant Service Leads within their specific category and will be responsible for ensuring that advice and guidance is provided.

The post holder will provide support to the Senior Category Manager, Procurement Manager, Senior and Executive Managers across the organisation to ensure smooth operation of the procurement and contract management function.

Main responsibilities:

  • To analyse current contractual provisions of goods and services and make recommendations to consolidate and/or complete procurement's of non-compliant contracts

  • To develop and complete a full business case for completing procurement exercises, including risk assessment, stakeholder mapping and establishing business requirements at the initiation stage

  • To work effectively with relevant service leads and stakeholders to provide support in specification development, contract management processes including annual performance reviews and contract variations


  • Good level of education including Maths and English (GCSE Grade A


  • Qualified to or willing to work towards Level 5 or above in a procurement or business related qualification.

  • Knowledge of PCR2015 regulations and how they impact on the organisation

  • Experience of administering contracts

  • Experience of effectively maintaining working relations both internal and external to the organisation

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the law relating to contracting.

The client is looking to move quickly with this role and as such are offering between £31,518 to £32,643 per annum dependant on experience and qualifications.

So if this position sounds of interest, email a copy of your up to date CV to or call James at Service Care Construction on 01772 208967

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