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Procurement Category Manager - People Services

Business & Corporate Services

Purchasing, Procurement

Salford City Council

Salford City Council
Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5AW

Procurement Category Manager - People Services
Grade: 4C, £39,880 - 42,821
Working Hours: 36 hours
Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Flexible approach with a combination of home and office based working
Closing Date: Wednesday 15th December 2021, 23:59

You will be joining a fast-paced procurement team at a crucial and important time in driving standards and best practice within our category led approach to procurement.

We are looking for highly ambitious, enthusiastic people who are customer focused, add value, demonstrate all of the Council’s values, behaviours and expectations and continually strive for excellence. You will play an important role in the delivery of a fantastic, forward thinking, flexible, creative, commercial and collaborative procurement team, which aims to exemplify excellent procurement practice.

As a Category Manager operating within the People category, covering Childen’s services, Adult’s services and Public Health, you will be self-disciplined, working within a busy and progressive department and be responsible for planning and driving a busy pipeline of procurement activity, at pace, delivering improved service outcomes, value for money and improved social value as part of the ongoing service delivery.

If you are highly motivated and appreciate a demanding workload, working to tight deadlines with a variety of stakeholders, enjoy a challenge and want the opportunity to work in a varied role across the team, we would love to hear from you.

You will have:
Experience of operating within a public sector procurement environment, with a background and understanding of People services such as Children’s, Adults or Public Health.
• Evidence of how your experience and approach have added significant value and improved outcomes within a People environment.
• An understanding of the commissioning cycle and the role that procurement plays within it.
• CIPS Level 6 qualified or having been working at an equivalent level.
• Strong influencing and stakeholder management skills and the ability to build relationships at all levels across the organisation.
• Experience of developing proactive strategic supplier relationships.
• Strong commercial skills with an understanding of how these can be applied within the People portfolio.
• Model and demonstrate our values and behaviours.
• Experience in delivering improved ‘Social Value’ outcomes as part of the procurement planning and approach, ensuring that benefits are delivered within the City whilst striving to improve quality and raise standards.

For further information, please contact Christine Flisk – Senior Procurement Manager via e-mail at:  

Role Profile - Category Manager - People.pdf
Why work for Team Salford.pdf
Leading Salford.pdf


To apply, please complete an application form attaching your CV and supporting statement demonstrating how you fit the requirements of the role and what you personally bring. Please refer to the role profile to create your supporting statement.


Safe working
We are a Covid-safe organisation and you will have an individual risk assessment when you join the organisation to ensure we effectively support your health and wellbeing throughout your employment. 

About your benefits
You will be welcomed into a friendly environment and have the opportunity to work and grow in a values based organisation where people are at the heart of everything we do. We promote a positive permission culture, empowering you to make a difference. Your opinions matter to us and you will have the opportunity to shape how we do things through our Salford 100 employee group and our employee led redesign approach. Your work-life balance and wellbeing are important to us so you will have access to a range of benefits including flexible working, green travel, pension and salary sacrifice schemes. In addition to this we offer a range of health and wellbeing options to suit your needs.

Learn, grow and develop as a leader
At Salford we’re committed to supporting our leaders to grow and from day one we’ll support you to succeed as a Salford leader through ongoing learning and development. This will include some core #LeadingSalford development and an immediate opportunity to gain a relevant leadership qualification. You can find out more here

Continuous service commitment
New employees can now keep their service related benefits when moving between a whole host of public sector organisations within Greater Manchester, which include: Councils, NHS, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Transport for Greater Manchester, as well as many others.

Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to developing a culture which respects individuals, appreciates difference and allows everyone regardless of background to reach their full potential. We are proud to be an accredited disability confident employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. We understand how hard it can be to combine caring for a loved one with work so we aim to provide support and flexibility to balance family and caring responsibilities with work

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council’s primary Recruitment and Employment Privacy Notice which can be found at

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working hours

full time

application deadline

11 59 pm

15th Dec 2021