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ICT Category Manager

Here at Sellick Partnership we are currently recuriting for a ICT Category Manager for our Public Sector client in Lincolnshire. This is a permanent and full time role with a competitive package.

Main duties of the ICT Category Manager are as follows:

  • Lead and manage the IT Category Team, a team of senior stakeholders from across the organisation, working to a senior colleague as the category team sponsor. This includes developing and managing robust governance and management arrangements, and acting as a senior advisor on the procurement of IMT services, market mapping and development, the creation of a market association and consistent reporting mechanisms to create and maintain an IT dashboard
  • Develop and deliver a long-term Category Strategy for IMT services, working in partnership with the organisations IMT Services department and other relevant teams to establish outcomes and measurable outputs aligned to commissioning outcomes and any additional commercial, contracting or supply outcomes as might be necessary
  • Create and manage a procurement and contracting Optimisation Plan, reviewing all material procurements to develop a strategic overall approach to align procurement and contracting activity across the category to maximise competition to improve performance and value for money whilst being sustainable to the market. This will involve leading and managing procurement policy, process and reviewing and improving the service commercial arrangements
  • Through the Category Strategy and Optimisation Plan identify opportunities to work more closely with public sector partners within Greater Lincolnshire to aggregate demand and improve whole system outcomes
  • Deliver ongoing analysis across all contracted services in the IT category, gathering and analysing market intelligence and other data to include commercial risk analysis, innovation and continual improvement opportunities, spend analysis and seeking opportunities to achieve increased value for money
  • Build and manage effective supplier relationships (locally and nationally) including through attending industry events and regular engagement to enable effective commissioning and contracting identifying opportunities of joint benefit to the the market. Where appropriate, lead negotiations with suppliers to deliver the best possible value contracts for the organisation and make recommendations to decision makers with regard to the final award of the contract
  • Recruit, direct, manage and appraise the performance of a team of 3 - 6 staff members. The recruitment and management of external consultants as required, contributing to the development of individuals across the Council focusing on IT; coaching, mentoring and motivating staff where appropriate
  • Project manage commercial and procurement workstreams and initiatives within the category to ensure timely delivery of project objectives. Ensuring all necessary processes are completed, including formal stakeholder approval, internal governance processes, business case development chairing and participating in evaluation meetings
  • Develop and deliver creative, value-for-money commercial and procurement solutions and activities that comply with the Public Contract Regulations, covering all aspects of public-sector procurement including, but not limited to, the creation of procurement strategies including the optimum deployment of procurement procedures available for example dynamic purchasing systems and reverse auctions, tender documents, pricing-schedules, payment mechanisms, terms and conditions and contracts

Skills and Atttibutes of the ICT Category Manager:

  • Expert understanding of IT markets and technologies generally
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of recent legislation and trends across the IT sectors
  • CIPS Level 7 qualified
  • Ability to undertake work of a complex nature
  • Ability to take a leading role in effectively communicating both verbally and in writing, negotiating and influencing at an advanced level
  • Knowledge and understanding of return on investment models, market analysis, benchmarking, supplier development, supply chain management, and market management
  • Demonstrable experience of effective relationship management
  • Project and programme management skills and experience
  • Interpersonal and other skills and expertise that enables the post-holder to operate at a senior level building relationships but also providing effective challenge often requiring sensitivity and diplomacy
  • Able to stay calm under pressure
  • Enthusiastic with a team approach.

Our client is offering a competitive salary with a great benefits package.

If you are interested in hearing more about the role, please apply online and a member of the team will give you a call.

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