IT Commercial Category Lead

Your new role

Do you want to be involved in cutting edge digital services & technology procurement?

Looking for a career in one of only 17 organisations globally to be awarded CIPS Platinum Award for Procurement Excellence?

Do you want to work in an engaging and collaborative environment and have the desire to be recognised for adding real value to the organisation?

Then National Highways has role for you! 

The Commercial & Procurement Digital Services & Technology Team are seeking individuals to join us at this exciting time as we support our Digital Roads programme and our Digital data and technology strategy. We have a number of vacancies across a range of digital services and technology categories.

We are adopting a category focused approach. Training will be available.

You will be based at one of our regional offices (Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Guildford). We support a flexible working pattern, which will be agreed with your line manager. Regular travel to various offices is essential in this role. 

Experience of working in digital services and technology procurement and/or in the public sector is desirable, but not essential to being successful in this role. Your drive, enthusiasm and willingness to engage to deliver value to the business is more important.

If this interests you, then we want to hear from you!

What you’ll be doing

  • Assume commercial responsibility for your category and ownership of the category strategies.
  • Development, review, negotiation and execution of allocated contracts and the commercial management of related suppliers.
  • Identify and deliver cost reduction and value add initiatives that increase efficiency whilst maintaining performance and managing risk.
  • Provide commercial support and guidance to a range of stakeholders, ensuring "best outcome" commercial solutions are delivered in line with National Highways objectives, Commercial/Procurement and Category strategies. Ensure enactment of sound governance and practice.
  • Deal with complex contract and procurement documents and be able to provide guidance to others on their meaning and use. Work within agreed contract and financial delegations and ensure integrity of the procurement process.
  • Drive continual improvement in health and safety performance demonstrating a strong understanding of National Highways Five Year Health & Safety Plan and how Procurement Division contributes to this.

To be successful you'll need

  • Experience in delivering procurement and commercial services in a large technology focussed environment with a good understanding of public procurement and legal processes, policies and their application to complex procurements.
  • Work collaboratively across a range of stakeholders to support stakeholder management and gain buy-in using appropriate communication channels articulating requirements and potential commercial and sourcing solutions.
  • Lead the  the development of category strategies, product road maps and sourcing plans.
  • Cultivate and encourage an awareness of cost, using clear simple examples of benefits and how to measure outcomes.
  • Enable valued and measurable improvements in developing high performing teams and culture change across the team to improve performance. Strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills.
  •  A degree or equivalent level qualification related to business or commercial management.

Should hold or be willing to work towards the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification (or equivalent). 

A bit about us

National Highways is on an exciting journey to digitise all that we do – come join us! We believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. 

We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

Want to know more?
For a copy of the Job Description please contact quoting reference #5359


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

A connected and sustainable working approach has been adopted across National Highways. For some roles, this means being able to work in a hybrid way spending up to 60% of time working from a remote location such as home.

We offer many different ways to work flexibly and we’re open to discuss part-time working, job shares, and flexible start and finish times. 

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and an approach driven by connected and sustainable working which includes hybrid working
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)
  • Qualifications and/or professional membership check (if applicable)

And finally 

We reserve the right to close before the advertisement expires.

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