Category Lead – ICT

Procurement Heads is proud to partner exclusively with a renowned public sector organisation to recruit the role of Category Lead for ICT in London.

The procurement function is responsible for procuring a broad range of goods and services, ICT solutions, professional services, cutting-edge drone technology, aerial equipment, and intricate capital equipment.

This dynamic and visionary organisation comprises of dedicated individuals who are at the forefront of the communities they serve, continuously adapting to the evolving requirements of London.

You will have the privilege of assuming the role of leader for a team of Senior Procurement Managers and Procurement Managers. Therefore, we’re seeking an individual with an appetite and ability to mentor and coach a team of procurement professionals.

First and foremost we’re looking for a candidate who takes a collaborative approach and demonstrates a willingness to work cohesively across the procurement function. You should exhibit a forward-thinking approach and display a commitment to advancing the procurement strategy in a holistic way.

As Category Lead for ICT, you will be working closely with your primary stakeholder, Assistant Director of ICT, so the role necessitates a candidate that has the credibility and gravitas to influence stakeholders at an operational level.

You will lead the ICT categories across hardware, software, SaaS, payroll systems plus other financial systems across the organisation.

Currently, there is an ongoing project to procure & implement a new finance and purchasing system which is being overseen by a consultancy. This role will aid in the implementation of this.

About you:

They adopt a hybrid working approach with a requirement to be on-site two days a week, this can either be their central London office or any of their 104 sites across London. However, since covid, this approach has been relaxed but may be reintroduced.

You will not necessarily require a good grasp of public sector regulations as these can be learnt, however, an understanding of PCR regulations would be desirable.

You will come from a strategic procurement background with ICT category experience and have led a procurement team previously.

You will be experienced in team management, motivation and development, to ensure effective capacity and capability whilst managing weaknesses and harnessing strengths.

You’ll lead and manage a range of compliant procurement activities and draft all associated tender and contract documentation to effectively manage commercial risks.

Team structure:

The Category Lead for ICT will report to the ‘Head of Commercial for Corporate’

You will be responsible for a team of Senior Procurement Managers, Procurement Managers and Buyers (roughly between 3-5 in your team).

Interview process:

2-stage interview as follows:

  • 1) Non-category-specific presentation requirement interview with the Head of Procurement on Teams
  • 2) TBC

Benefits and package:

  • Salary up to £65,000
  • CIPS and other professional development courses will be funded
  • Flexible working with 3 days working remotely.
  • 25 days Annual Leave plus bank holidays and ‘optional days’ depending on your working hours.
  • Childcare support with vouchers or an allowance for eligible staff.
  • Free season tick loan to help make the journey to work easier.
  • Counselling and trauma service
  • Opportunity to access affordable accommodation
  • Welfare Scheme
  • Use of Occupational Health/Medical Advisers/physios 
  • Cycle to work scheme depending on your tax band