IT Commercial Senior Category Advisor

Your new role

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.

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.

As part of your role, you will assist in supporting excellence in commercial delivery, procurement strategy, requirements definition, whole life cost management, value delivery, commercial management, supplier relationship management, commercial dispute avoidance and commercial performance management. 

You will be responsible for the negotiation and commercial management of allocated contracts, and as part of National Highways category management approach, assisting with the development of the market alongside relationship managing allocated suppliers.  You will ensure that procurement processes, workflow and delivery are delivered to meet targets and quality standards and that opportunities for improving performance are identified and actioned to ensure continuous improvement.

What you’ll be leading on

  • Provide specialist advice and guidance for stakeholders on procurement policy and procedures - to ensure that procurement drives innovation and best practice and is compliant with business frameworks and UK legislation/EU directives. Assist management of work programmes according to this Ensuring that the appropriate tender, contract and finance management systems are maintained, and all activity correctly recorded.
  • Contribute to encouraging improvements in contractual and procurement knowledge and practice across the Company in line with public sector procurement frameworks - sharing knowledge and skills with others to disseminate best practice.
  • Assist with supplier cost savings targets, and initiatives delivered that increase efficiency whilst maintaining performance and risk management.
  • Assist with the building of excellent collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to support delivery of the Highways England imperatives, Safety, Customer Service and implementation of the Category Management approach.
  • Drive continual improvement in health and safety performance demonstrating a strong understanding of Highways England Five Year Health & Safety Plan and how Procurement Division contributes to this.

To be successful you'll need

  • A track-record in managing major procurement exercises (inviting/selecting tenders, managing contracts).
  • Experience of contract development work (with knowledge of contract types and forms and their application to business need).
  • Experience in a commercially focused environment.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Should hold or be willing to work towards the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Diploma (or equivalent).

A bit about us

There’s never been a better time to join our Commercial and Procurement team. 

We’re a growing, vibrant team helping to drive the most ambitious roads investment programme our country has ever seen. You’ll be involved in the design of our modern, progressive contracts and partnerships, negotiating best commercial terms, galvanizing innovation and producing smart cost estimates and plans.  Building in every opportunity to ensure that our customers and road workers get home safe and well every day while travelling or working on our road network.

Want to know more?
For a copy of the Job Description please contact quoting reference #5360


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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