Reference: 5840

Job Title:  ICT Category Director

Sector: Public

Location: London

Package: Package £89,286-£91,861 p.a. + London Living Allowance + Pension.

As ICT Category Director you will have strong leadership skills & senior strategic public & private sector procurement experience with a demonstrable track record of delivering high value, high impact added value contributions across ICT Procurement.

b and Organisational Details

In this leadership role, the requirements of the ICT Category Director include:

  • Strategic delivery & management of the ICT category
  • Developing category strategies for all ICT spend both internally & externally
  • Ensuring category management processes are in place that enable the assessment of the market capabilities to meet the needs of users & business.
  • Supporting the Director of Commercial in the development of the overall Commissioning Strategy.
  • Implementing the Commissioning Strategy, ensuring the ICT category sourcing strategy is aligned to it.
  • Developing strong relationships with the Business Groups & detailed knowledge of their categories in order to deliver value.
  • Ensuring control of spend & specifically critical contracts are continually analysed in order to develop & drive value adding initiatives.
  • On an ongoing basis track operation demand & patterns and introduce demand management mechanisms where applicable.
  • Ensuring Commercial Contract Management safeguards the wellbeing of relationships and its impact on our client’s services.
  • Responsible for the strategic SRM process within their category that enables our client to maximise the value it receives from its strategic suppliers.
  • Responsible for the implementation of standard procurement policies, processes & Standard Operating Procedure’s within the ICT category.
  • Developing & managing a strategically focused team.
  • Providing procurement leadership & market insight to ensure maximum value for spend is achieved

The role of ICT Category Director requires the following skills:

  • Effectively manages the market for their category
  • Delivers significant corporate change in a planned & resilient manner
  • Exhibits strong leadership across a multi-department arena
  • Maintains focus despite contextual ambiguity
  • Projects personal impact & credibility at all levels (including senior) of the organisation & external market
  • Builds collaborative partnerships
  • Generates effective solutions to complex problems
  • Commercially astute
  • Leads & empowers staff
  • Engages with users to understand requirements
  • Influences users’ choice
  • Able to effectively question & challenge users (act as a “critical friend”)
  • Expert Category knowledge
  • Strong Procurement understanding & knowledge of standard sourcing methodologies
  • Strong understanding of public sector procurement e.g., use of OJEU to issue tenders, conducting of competitive dialogue etc
  • Strong understanding of Contract Management (CM) & Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) processes
  • Strong project management capabilities gained through practical professional experience
  • Working knowledge of Purchasing processes from Requisition–to–Pay Experience
  • Leading, delivering & negotiating complex procurement
  • A successful career in procurement where key achievements centred on cost savings & value for money efficiencies can be demonstrated
  • Delivering & implementing strategic commissioning plans; focused on cost reduction & total cost of ownership models.


  • Graduate/Post qualification. MBA desirable
  • MCIPS would be advantageous

Due to Security Vetting, all candidates MUST be eligible to work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

To register your interest in this ICT Category Director role, or any other opportunities please forward your full CV to info@gpa-procurement.com, stating your location and current salary details or contact us on 01423 520080 for a confidential conversation.

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