Job description


Category Manager (3345)

MMU are a great, modern university, in a great global city, we have a driving ambition to discover and disseminate knowledge, to make higher education accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed.

Since 2006, we have invested £350 million into our exceptional campus to deliver our vision of being the best modern university, and we continue to achieve and innovate every day.

The University has an annual non-pay spend of over £125 million and Category Managers work within the Procurement Services team across a wide range of projects, including construction, building and equipment maintenance, building compliance, IT hardware and software, facilities management, business services and catering.


About the role:

Our Category Managers play a key role in ensuring that the University achieves value for money on its purchases and contracts in terms of cost, quality and sustainability, as well as ensuring compliance with internal and external procurement regulations.

As a Category Manager you will take responsibility for a specific category, which requires  understanding and analysis of  category spend patterns, development of a category strategy and tendering of contracts. You will work with internal and external stakeholders to develop and deliver a seamless procurement process that delivers its objectives, ensures full compliance with UK regulations and delivers substantial cost savings and benefits.

Your track record of demonstrating value for money and service improvement should speak for itself. You will be capable of influencing buyer behaviours, in particular the route to market, the procurement process and expected outcomes, complimented by strong analytical and contract management skills and have experience of managing complex projects. Knowledge of the Public

Contract Regulations and eProcurement systems would be an advantage but not essential

Finally, CIPS membership would be an advantage, and you will certainly be familiar with evolving legislation and best practice.


Working at Manchester Met:

Manchester Metropolitan University is a great place to work, and you will be part of a great team.  We are ambitious for our staff; ourselves and we recognise the key contribution our colleagues make by Staff being one of our four strategic priorities.

In addition to a great working environment, you will have access to the University facilities including sport, library and wide range of benefits including health and wellbeing support.

We offer a competitive salary alongside an industry beating pension scheme.  We also offer generous holiday packages, which include 25 days per year holiday, plus Christmas shutdown, plus bank holidays.


To apply:

Please attach your CV along with a covering letter, detailing how you meet the person specification, to the online portal.


Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.


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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Finance and Procurement
  • Salary:
    Grade 7 (£30,942 to £34,804)
  • Closing Date:
    19 April 2021
  • Contract Type:
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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