Category Specialist

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Please See Advert Text
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 15/05/2019 23:00
£39,782 - £42,683
Job Category:
Finance / Benefits / Revenues / Procurement
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Closing date:
15 May
Further Information

Category Specialist
GRADE: Band 12 (SCP37-40) (2019/20 £39,782 - £42,683)
BASE: Guildhall, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AF
MANAGED BY: Procurement Manager
TERM: Permanent or Fixed Term

Join our Team

NEPO undertakes high-value procurement in major strategic areas of spend in
partnership with North East local authorities (known as our Member Authorities) and a range of nationwide Associate Members.

Our vision is to achieve benefits through collaborative procurement. This means that we are focussed on delivering positive outcomes for our Member Authorities, regional supply base and over 500 Associate Members from the wider public sector. In addition to delivering a collaborative procurement work programme of £210M, NEPO is responsible for the NEPO Portal and the NEPO Business Club programme of support for our suppliers.

NEPO is a forward-thinking organisation that supports personal development and
provides a unique opportunity to work collaboratively across the North East public

NEPO employees benefit from:

• Flexible working
• Access to technology that enables agile working
• Continuing professional development, including training opportunities
• Annual leave ranging from 25 to 30 days (depending on length of service), plus public holidays
• Eligibility to join the Local Government Pension Scheme
• Child Care Vouchers
• Offices based in the heart of Newcastle’s Quayside with great links by public transport and road

The Role:

The successful postholder will lead and manage procurement activity for major spend categories or group of categories for the public sector in the North East region and nationally working flexibly and innovatively across the Collaborative Procurement Work Programme.

The successful postholder will support the delivery of the Collaborative Procurement Strategy whilst continuously driving performance across the organisation.

The successful postholder will explore and maximise commercial opportunities available across all Collaborative Procurement activities.

The successful postholder will provide specialist professional procurement guidance and support across a portfolio of category areas (Goods, Services, Works) to NEPO and its Members Authorities. Further information regarding the NEPO Categories can be found here https://www.nepo.org/solutions

The successful postholder(s) will be responsible for the strategic leadership of a
nominated category/categories including the management of workload and resources and the delivery of successful objectives.

The role may suit an experienced and ambitious Procurement Officer looking to take the next step in their procurement career.

Important dates:

The deadline for applications is 23:00 on Wednesday 15th May 2019
Interviews will be held on the Thursday 23rd May 2019.


Applications will only be accepted via https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Stephen Roberts on 07585 986259

No recruitment agencies please.

Previous applicants need not apply.

For further information about NEPO and its work, please visit our website at

Please note
This job is closed for applications.