0286-24 Category Manager (Fixed Term)

June 3, 2024

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Procurement & Insurance

Aston University John Cadbury House

£37,099 to £44,263
per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type: 
Fixed Term

(12 months)

Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 17 June 2024
Interview Date: 
Tuesday 09 July 2024
Reference:  0286-24
Release Date:  Monday 03 June 2024

Aston University is recruiting to this role in the Procurement Team which is part of the Finance Department.  Reporting to the Head of Procurement and Insurance, the role is a great opportunity to further your career in procurement and contribute to the development of the University’s procurement function.

You will carry out procurement activity for the University including running quotation/tendering processes from start to finish, strategic contract management whilst ensuring compliance with the University’s finance and procurement policies and regulations and ensuring best practice and value for money principles are upheld, maximising commercial and social value/sustainability benefits to the University.

We are looking for candidates with procurement experience, ideally including some public sector experience.  You will have the ability to develop working relationships with key stakeholders across the University and a ‘can-do’ attitude and experience of delivering savings, negotiation and contract management.  Ideally you will have (or be working towards) a CIPS qualification or similar. 

Appointments to Category Manager or Procurement Officer based on skills and experience with opportunity for progression from Procurement Officer to Category Manager dependent on experience and knowledge of the role.

Please contact Neil Bayliss, Head of Procurement and Insurance (n.bayliss@aston.ac.uk) for further information or for an informal discussion.

There are 2 positions available for the Category Manager role ( one permanent and one fixed term ). Please note that this is vacancy is to fill a fixed term position. Should you require more information on the permanent role, the reference number is: 0234-24. 


What we offer:

  • Aston University is a dynamic and vibrant campus located within Birmingham city centre, which has excellent transport links via bus or train.
  • Dynamic working is possible for this role, which means working both on campus and from home dependent on the activity. Further information on dynamic working can be found here.
  • Excellent training and development opportunities.
  • A generous annual leave scheme with 30 days bookable leave and a further 13 days of bank holiday and University closure days.
  • Everyday discounts to a number of activities and retailers.
  • Great family-friendly policies.
  • On-site gym and pool with discounted staff membership available.
  • Further information on our Benefits and Rewards can be found here.

Anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of Aston University’s commitment to equality and diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Personal details that are included on application forms, including the candidate’s name and address will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel. CVs will not be considered as part of the shortlisting process.

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/about/inclusive-aston

We recognise the value of flexible working.  Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss what flexible working options are available for particular roles.

If you require the job details document or an application form in an alternative format please contact the recruitment team at recruitment@aston.ac.uk

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