Category Specialist (IT) | Education | Sussex

A business within the education sector is seeking a dynamic Procurement professional, to form part of a crucial procurement and commercial team, to work across IT spend.

The Category Specialist role will work closely with Procurement and IT services. You will be joining a motivated team who all strive together for success.

As Category Specialist (IT) your key responsibilities will be:

  • Support the development and implementation of strategic procurement and category management plans
  • Provide practical procurement guidance (ensuring compliance with EU legislation)
  • Support IT services to deliver a range of crucial services, including the procurement of a range of systems and services
  • Plan, lead and conduct a range of Procurement exercises
  • Ensure the robust management and ownership of supplier contracts
  • Engage with relevant suppliers and undertake category management activities as required
  • Analyse historic spend data with a view to generating more efficient ways of working
  • Review existing procurement frameworks and suppliers to support a drive for continuous improvement
  • Work with high-level stakeholders to support skills development within contracting and procurement activities

Skills and experience required:

  • MCIPS – qualified or working towards a qualification – preferred
  • Procuring goods and services of strategic significance including fuel and power, IT equipment and services, capital projects, scientific equipment
  • Knowledge of a broad range of regulation and law relating to contracts and commercial business activity
  • Working knowledge of business systems and processes including those in support of P2P and S2C business transactions
  • Successful experience of implementing a plan for the delivery of Procurement in commercial business transactions in a section of an organisation of similar size and complexity
  • Experience of successfully managing and supporting the procurement activity of a diverse range of goods and services
  • Managing public Procurement and experience within a commercial environment
  • Providing support and advice to stakeholders engaging in the delivery of services on commercial terms

In applications we will be looking for:

  • A capable manager and motivator
  • A competent, persuasive, credible and effective communicator
  • An accomplished strategic thinker
  • Highly motivated with very high standards of professionalism, service and quality

Benefits of the Category Specialist (IT) role include:

  • £35-40,000
  • Pension Scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Healthcare
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Staff discounts
  • Staff gym
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Totum discount card
  • Discount at local hotels and guesthouses
  • Discounted public transport
  • Travel loan
  • Staff development
  • Discounted language course
  • Team building events

To discuss the Procurement Specialist role in more depth please contact Hannah Abraham at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7425 489 269 | +44 (0) 1962 869838. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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