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Title Assistant Category Manager
Ref HE/4925
Directorate Commercial & Procurement
Preferred Location Leeds
Salary £33,340 - £36,674
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 31 Jan 2018

About Us

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Consider that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.

It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in our motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety which why we’re so grateful to our c 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. And with responsibility for major projects, working here is also a great move for your career.

Job Description

Due to continued growth and investment, Highways England is looking to recruit a new Assistant Category Manager to join our expanding team in Leeds.

The successful candidate will contribute to the achievement of Product Development and Delivery (PDD) work stream objectives by developing new arrangements for assigned products (such as Pavements/Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) /Technology and Gantries/ Capability and Capacity Project (CCP) solutions)

Day to Day

  • Contribute to category strategies by sourcing and gathering credible data and intelligence on assigned category area including mapping the supply chain, seeking to understand the different commercial approaches and business models which exist within the sector.
  • Capture future demand information and continually review changes in the marketplace and industry, reflecting changes within assigned category area to continually develop category strategy  and associated category products
  • Actively participate and contribute to knowledge sharing across category areas as well as across the supply chain division in order to encourage exchange of new ideas and best practices. This includes to follow-up on potential opportunity leads (obtained from within the division or external sources) by identifying and sourcing information and sharing relevant findings with the work stream /Supply Chain Division (SCD) as applicable
  • Collaborate with the other work streams (Business Programme Development (BPD) and Market Development and Intelligence (MDI)) to gather and maintain market intelligence on wider Highways England's Supply Chain across all business areas; Assist in converting gathered intelligence into a proposed category strategy to leverage best possible value.
  • Build a network of effective internal and external relationships, including key stakeholder groups fostering collaborative relationships to leverage best possible value for assigned category and associated category products and support continued evolution of supply chain management best practice at Highways England

About you

  • A high level of IT literacy with good numeracy and analytical skills
  • Experience of effectively managing a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience of project and risk management
  • Ability to apply market and sector knowledge to develop future commercial arrangements
  • Experience of working in a Commercial, Procurement and/or Supply Chain environment, with a working knowledge of the procurement lifecycle.


So we can really get to know you and what you can offer you are required to include a CV which includes worked examples, clearly demonstrating your ability in the criteria areas above within your application.

Please also include a covering note explaining how you're a great match for us: so please tell us how your skills, experience and qualifications meet both the role, and Highways England, requirements. We’re expecting this role to be popular, so we may need to close the advert early if response is strong so to avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible

Help keep England moving. We look forward to hearing from you.

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