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Category Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

In line with our One Coventry Values we strive to have a workforce that reflects our local communities and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds, applicants who have a disability and applicants who are from the LGBTQ+ community to apply for our senior leadership roles. 

Our Values are:

  • Open and fair: We are fair, open, and transparent.
  • Nurture and develop: We help and encourage everyone to be their best and do their best.
  • Engage and empower: We talk and listen to others, working together as one.
  • Create and innovate: We embrace new ways of working to continuously improve.
  • Own and be accountable: We work together to deliver the best services for our residents.
  • Value and respect: We put diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do.

About the team we are recruiting to

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.

Coventry is a progressive city with a number of exciting new projects which will present an incredible opportunity for the right candidate to be part of a team and a Council that makes a real difference to the people living in and visiting our City.

Procurement Services are at the heart of the on-going economic and social development of the city and are/have been involved with supporting plans for the 2021 City of Culture, Station Masterplan, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and more. We are also integral to the improvement of services for Adults and Children's Social Care, Public Health and homelessness strategies.

What is the job role?

We are currently recruiting a Category Manager within the Procurement & Commissioning service on a full-time, permanent basis. 

Working to the Deputy Head of Procurement, you will have responsibility for the letting of a portfolio of contracts, developing procurement plans, implementing Contract Management and ensuring that targeted outcomes are compatible with Category Strategies.

In further detail key duties and responsibilities will include: 

Leading on a portfolio of contracts within Fleet, Waste and Events, developing procurement plans and ensuring that targeted outcomes are compatible with Category strategies

Working closely with Service Heads and Managers contribute to the design development, maintenance and delivery of a commercially focussed Category Strategies for designated groups of services and/or commodities which meet business objectives, including national, local and sub regional opportunities and deliver service and value for money outcomes.  

Identifying and delivering innovative category Procurement & Commissioning solutions, which provide benefits and result in both savings and process efficiencies across all contracts managed.

Taking commercial lead and operational responsibility for specific aspects of standard Procurement & Commissioning projects, in particular the structure of tenders; tender evaluation; negotiation; legal requirements; contract award and finalisation. Proactively mitigate and manage risk throughout. 

Who are we looking for?

You should be motivated and enjoy working as part of a flexible and dedicated team. You will have knowledge and experience of the commissioning and tender process. 

Ideally, you would be MCIPS qualified but if not, you will be willing to work and study towards achieving this.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail then please contact Rob Amor on 02476 971 956 or

If you need help or support to complete your application, please visit our accessibility page to see how we can assist you.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 4 - 6 March 2024


About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 5100 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit

Coventry City Council

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