Category Management Partner

This is a procurement role managing a diverse portfolio of spend categories across the organisation. You will take full ownership of improving and working with stakeholders to achieve organisational goals. You will gather, analyse and interpret data on categories with a view to improve value for money by partnering with stakeholders to ensure a proactive and committed approach to leadership in procurement across the organisation.  

Key Responsibilities  
  • Consult with internal and external stakeholders to manage delivery of successful category management outcomes in accordance with good professional practices and legislative requirements
  • Participation and engagement with key stakeholders through groups such as procurement advisory committee, interpretation and identification of recommended improvements
  • Work closely as a trusted business partner with work areas to determine how to best optimise supply chain value that supports direct service delivery to customers
  • Execute strategic category plans to enable continuous improvement and added value in areas such as value for money, risk reduction and triple bottom line outcomes
  • Coordinate and manage strategic procurement processes for services/works projects of a complex or special nature including the overall management of the procurement process for projects up to and including the awarding of contracts
  • Act as the procurement subject matter expert for assigned categories in accordance with procurement policy and procedure and all legislative requirements
  • Manage contractual and administration matters such as preparation of specifications and tender documentation, tender evaluations, conflicts of interest and use of related computer systems
  • Contribute to the review, development, implementation and maintenance of procurement procedures for the organisation to ensure high level of governance and risk management and ensure all processes are ethical and transparent
  • Carry out other duties commensurate with skills and abilities as deemed reasonable and appropriate to the role as directed from time to time.

Specialist Skills and Knowledge
  • Proficiency in the application of procurement principles in a diverse organisation
  • Sound project management capabilities
  • Well-developed computer skills with some prior use of contract management systems and corporate payment cards would be an advantage
  • Understanding of the long-term goals and policies of both the unit and the wider organisation, including values, aspirations and legal/political context in which it operates
  • Understanding of business improvement and continuous improvement practices and their application to a local government environment.
Management Skills
  • Well-developed skills in time management, dealing with conflicting/simultaneous demands, setting priorities, planning and organising own work and where appropriate that of other employees to achieve specific and set objectives in the most efficient way possible
  • Conduct meetings, obtain agreement and resolve issues within scope of responsibility
  • Demonstrate understanding and commitment to procurement and the ability to provide coaching in these areas
  • Understanding of and an ability to implement personnel practices including those related to equal employment opportunity, occupational health and safety and employee development
  • Develop, coordinate and manage multiple complex projects and resources effectively to achieve work goals and meet deadlines and commitments.
Interpersonal Skills
  • Through well-established and effective interpersonal skills, build and maintain strong relationships, gaining cooperation and assistance from others to ensure continually improving procurement performance
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of the wider organisation
  • High level communication skills, with the capability to prepare written and verbal reports/presentations
  • Highly developed interpersonal and relationship management skills, with particular emphasis in the areas of consultation, negotiation, influencing, collaboration and conflict resolution in order to resolve technical and procedural issues and deliver agreed outcomes
  • Liaise with staff within the organisation to discuss specialist matter and strengthen internal working relationships to resolve intra-organisational problems.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree or diploma qualification in the related field with several years experience, or Certificate IV in related field with extensive experience
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic service/works category management, procurement, tendering and contract management, and an enhanced understanding of the legislative and policy requirements
  • Proven experience in achieving substantial cost reductions through effective management of service/works categories
  • Demonstrated experience in developing procurement (policies, procedures, manuals, diagrams etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering successful projects and working to tight timescales
  • Demonstrated conceptual and analytical thinking capability, proven ability to effectively gather and manage large amounts of information and the ability to contribute in an innovative way to practical recommendations to resolve issues and progress organisational goals.
This role requires the successful candidate to work occasional weekends and after hours as required. You may also be required to work at other sites across the region to meet operational and business requirements. This is initially a full time, contract role to end June 2021.

Applications close SOON so please apply immediately if the above description is within your remit or contact Brooke Lawry on 03 8319 7840 for a confidential discussion.
07/12/2020
Melbourne (Wyndham Vale)
Contract
Accounting
BH-358319
Brooke Lawry
This is a procurement role managing a diverse portfolio of spend categories across the organisation. You will take full ownership of improving and working with stakeholders to achieve organisational goals. You will gather, analyse and interpret data on categories with a view to improve value for money by partnering with stakeholders to ensure a proactive and committed approach to leadership in procurement across the organisation.  

Key Responsibilities  
  • Consult with internal and external stakeholders to manage delivery of successful category management outcomes in accordance with good professional practices and legislative requirements
  • Participation and engagement with key stakeholders through groups such as procurement advisory committee, interpretation and identification of recommended improvements
  • Work closely as a trusted business partner with work areas to determine how to best optimise supply chain value that supports direct service delivery to customers
  • Execute strategic category plans to enable continuous improvement and added value in areas such as value for money, risk reduction and triple bottom line outcomes
  • Coordinate and manage strategic procurement processes for services/works projects of a complex or special nature including the overall management of the procurement process for projects up to and including the awarding of contracts
  • Act as the procurement subject matter expert for assigned categories in accordance with procurement policy and procedure and all legislative requirements
  • Manage contractual and administration matters such as preparation of specifications and tender documentation, tender evaluations, conflicts of interest and use of related computer systems
  • Contribute to the review, development, implementation and maintenance of procurement procedures for the organisation to ensure high level of governance and risk management and ensure all processes are ethical and transparent
  • Carry out other duties commensurate with skills and abilities as deemed reasonable and appropriate to the role as directed from time to time.

Specialist Skills and Knowledge
  • Proficiency in the application of procurement principles in a diverse organisation
  • Sound project management capabilities
  • Well-developed computer skills with some prior use of contract management systems and corporate payment cards would be an advantage
  • Understanding of the long-term goals and policies of both the unit and the wider organisation, including values, aspirations and legal/political context in which it operates
  • Understanding of business improvement and continuous improvement practices and their application to a local government environment.
Management Skills
  • Well-developed skills in time management, dealing with conflicting/simultaneous demands, setting priorities, planning and organising own work and where appropriate that of other employees to achieve specific and set objectives in the most efficient way possible
  • Conduct meetings, obtain agreement and resolve issues within scope of responsibility
  • Demonstrate understanding and commitment to procurement and the ability to provide coaching in these areas
  • Understanding of and an ability to implement personnel practices including those related to equal employment opportunity, occupational health and safety and employee development
  • Develop, coordinate and manage multiple complex projects and resources effectively to achieve work goals and meet deadlines and commitments.
Interpersonal Skills
  • Through well-established and effective interpersonal skills, build and maintain strong relationships, gaining cooperation and assistance from others to ensure continually improving procurement performance
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of the wider organisation
  • High level communication skills, with the capability to prepare written and verbal reports/presentations
  • Highly developed interpersonal and relationship management skills, with particular emphasis in the areas of consultation, negotiation, influencing, collaboration and conflict resolution in order to resolve technical and procedural issues and deliver agreed outcomes
  • Liaise with staff within the organisation to discuss specialist matter and strengthen internal working relationships to resolve intra-organisational problems.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree or diploma qualification in the related field with several years experience, or Certificate IV in related field with extensive experience
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic service/works category management, procurement, tendering and contract management, and an enhanced understanding of the legislative and policy requirements
  • Proven experience in achieving substantial cost reductions through effective management of service/works categories
  • Demonstrated experience in developing procurement (policies, procedures, manuals, diagrams etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering successful projects and working to tight timescales
  • Demonstrated conceptual and analytical thinking capability, proven ability to effectively gather and manage large amounts of information and the ability to contribute in an innovative way to practical recommendations to resolve issues and progress organisational goals.
This role requires the successful candidate to work occasional weekends and after hours as required. You may also be required to work at other sites across the region to meet operational and business requirements. This is initially a full time, contract role to end June 2021.

Applications close SOON so please apply immediately if the above description is within your remit or contact Brooke Lawry on 03 8319 7840 for a confidential discussion.
07/12/2020
Melbourne (Wyndham Vale)
Contract
Accounting
BH-358319
Brooke Lawry