Category Advisor (People) - 2 Year Fixed Term
Salary: ME15 £44,607 - £47,511 per annum
Procurement at Merton is changing and to achieve challenging targets, LBM requires skilled, commercially motivated Procurement professionals to help achieve significant savings. The role will be pivotal in driving forward and challenging the Council’s approach to Category Management and its Make vs. Buy agenda. The role will also be integral in assisting the Council deliver against its Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), departmental Target Operating Models (TOMs) and its ambitions to be London’s Best Council by 2020. An ability to scrutinise and deliver value for money at all stages of the Procurement cycle is fundamental to the success of this role. Sound and productive relationship management skills will be vital, as well as a strong level of technical knowledge.
Category Advisors will be required to utilise their commercial and procurement expertise to work across the Council to ensure the delivery of a high quality approach to procurement. This will include having lead responsibility across the organisation for a specific aspect of a strategic procurement approach (e.g. the implementation of new procurement legislation, or delivering social value through procurement). In addition, post holders will have a key role in expanding Commercial Services’ effectiveness and influence and ensuring an approach from the team that reaches out into the organisation to deliver a flexible and robust service.