Category Lead x2 (Place and Corporate)

Ealing, London (Greater)
£60,726 - £64,869 pa (inclusive) Grade CB6
06 Dec 2018
07 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full time

Are you an experienced, enthusiastic and proactive commercial expert looking for your next career opportunity? Join us at Ealing Council and you can look forward to a fast paced and rewarding role that offers flexible, family-friendly working options. You'll be part of an ambitious team of people who work together to make a positive difference for our communities. If you can help us achieve that, we'll genuinely value you and the work you do, including making sure you have support, training and development to build your skills.

You will be joining a new Commercial team who will be at the forefront of supporting the Council’s ambitious Future Ealing transformation programme. With a more proactive commercial approach to commissioning, procurement and contract management we are seeking two experienced Category Leads to strengthen our Commercial team.

Commercially minded, you will be a senior manager reporting directly to the Head of Commercial, within a team that is responsible for analysing and shaping supply markets, leading on the development and implementation of category and sourcing strategies, project managing major procurements, as well as helping the organisation develop excellent relationships with key suppliers and negotiating the delivery of savings and service improvements. You will be responsible for a portfolio of spend for either the “Place” or “Corporate” category and will manage the team’s commercial managers for your portfolio.

You will be expected to drive a commercial approach across the organisation that supports the organisation’s overall strategy aims by:

  • understanding current needs and market gaps, as well as developing market insights and building relationships with suppliers based around the future needs and plans of strategic commissioners;
  • designing and implementing long-term category strategies for all major areas of spend;
  • leading negotiations with existing suppliers to deliver cost savings and efficiencies;
  • proactively seeking new opportunities for the Council to buy and deliver services, plus generate additional income through new innovative and efficient ways, ensuring best value for money is achieved.

In return, we can offer you a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, discounts with local businesses, travel loans and cycle schemes plus plenty more.

Ealing is a vibrant borough in the heart of West London which has undergone significant regeneration and will soon be linked to central London via Crossrail.

We welcome applications from both experienced commercial specialists, especially those from the private sector, plus those who want to further develop their knowledge or take the next step in their career.

When applying, please identify any preference you may have between the “Place” or “Corporate” categories.

For more information about these roles or for an informal discussion please contact Tim Smith, Head of Commercial on 0208 825 7737 or email:

This role is subject to Ealing’s enhanced vetting process.

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Closing date 7 January 2019