Organisation UK SBS
Organisation Detail UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Reference Number IRC243106
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £35608
Date Posted 18 May 2018
Grade UK SBS-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £35,608
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Location: Swindon or Newport
Closing Date: 3rd June 2018

The UK SBS award winning Procurement directorate applies best practise procurement to deliver savings for our partners, using a professional and strategic approach. We work to deliver value for money while achieving commercial outcomes.

We have excellent permanent opportunities for a talented Category Manager who, under the direction from the Senior Category Manager/Head of Procurement, will provide professional direction to the Purchasing community and where required, manage buyers. We are able to offer flexibility with location, this role can be based in Newport or Swindon.

You will develop category strategies for defined products and services and fully analyse expenditure and key business drivers within your area of responsibility.  You will be expected to identify opportunities for improvement in supplier dealings to deliver cost savings and quality improvements, along with market analysis and application and developing an external category network.

You will have attained the relevant CIPS qualification or have significant sector experience at the appropriate level and be willing to work towards CIPS accreditation.

Within this role, you will be required to:

  • demonstrate a very good working knowledge and application in supporting the development and management of the end to end OJEU tendering process
  • ensure the successful delivery of contracts that adhere to all relevant EU legislation, value for money principles and commercial awareness
  • ensure that audit trails are created, governance and due diligence are embedded, and value for money analysis undertaken
  • ensure that the defined best practice procurement processes and policies are followed to deliver maximum use of e-Procurement Systems and processes and optimise savings opportunities through:
    • agreeing objectives and critical areas of spend with key stakeholders and strategic suppliers
    • market developments
    • competitive tendering, supplier base consolidation, ethical contract practices etc.
    • manage continuous supplier management and improvement programme.
  • meet annual targets such as sourcing savings, partner satisfaction, supplier satisfaction and where appropriate, people development
  • provide analytical support to the Head of Procurement in support of strategy, the delivery of benefits, all relevant legislation and change management
  • fully analyse expenditure and key business drivers within area of responsibility.  Identify opportunities for improvement in supplier dealings to deliver cost savings and quality improvements
  • gather and analyse internal and external data relating to procurement activity across Supplier base to gain an understanding of purchasing trends
  • analyse expenditure and key business drivers within area of responsibility.  Identify opportunities for improvement in procurement processes and supplier dealings to deliver cost savings and service enhancements
  • manage continuous supplier improvement programme
  • manage relationships with internal category stakeholders and wider partners
  • mentor and demonstrate leadership abilities
  • manage multiple complex procurement activities end to end independently which may vary greatly in regards to spend and partner numbers
  • operate within a category management structure which may also include direct reports
  • develop, drive and deliver key category strategies within your allocated area of spend.

Organization Description

The UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) is an organisation whose purpose is to support their clients by allowing them focus their resources on doing what they do best; we do this by providing the following range of professional business services to our clients:
  • Human Resources & Payroll
  • Finance
  • Procurement
  • Information Technology

Our clients include the UK’s seven Research Councils (RCUK), the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BEIS) and Partner Organisations.

At UK SBS, service excellence means more than completing transactions; the organisation has been set up to deliver added value for our clients. This means our people make a big contribution to the value we offer through specialist knowledge and high standards of service.

Shortlisting criteria


  • experienced in advanced purchasing techniques (e.g. OJEU) and purchasing platforms
  • proven ability to communicate verbally and written with a wide range of internal and external customers
  • excellent team-working skills
  • accurate and a keen eye for detail
  • motivated and willing to learn
  • high level of analytical skills
  • coaching and mentoring experience
  • specific detailed experience of working within a Category Management approach.


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • excellent level in Microsoft Office products; Excel, Word and Outlook, confident using Excel for analytical purposes
  • experience of e-Sourcing applications
  • experience managing a team.

UK SBS offers a competitive salary, defined pension scheme and 28 days annual leave rising to 30 days after 3 years of service. Additional benefits include lifestyle and health care benefits, childcare vouchers, season ticket loans and possible learning and development opportunities.

UK SBS is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We would like to see the number of people with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities increase as a proportion of our workforce and so their applications are particularly welcome. At UK SBS, we value the diversity of our employees and strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability.

Candidates will be reviewed and interviewed on an on-going basis. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early and so early applications are encouraged.

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote the appropriate reference number when calling.