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Senior Category Manager - ICT

At FCDO Services (formerly FCO Services), we work with government customers around the world to keep people, information and assets safe every day. We do that in all sorts of ways, from secure construction of embassies, to secure delivery of diplomatic goods, to providing secure ICT for government bodies and government buildings worldwide.

That’s where you’ll come in, as our new Senior ICT Category Manager. Supporting the Head of the ICT Category and the Head of Contract Management, you’ll help us ensure a procurement service that meets exceptionally high standards, in everything from hardware to software to licencing management. Whether it’s handling complex tenders or developing category strategies, you’ll help us maintain and build on a service that meets our customer promise: to be reliable, responsive, and build deep relationships in every project and service we deliver.

Manage tenders that take us to new heights

You’re brimming with experience in every aspect of tender management, whether it’s invitation to tender or planning evaluation matrices; selection questionnaire preparation or even running a mini-tender process. At the same time, you’ll also have a deep understanding of the differences between private and public sector procurement work and you’ll be both realistic and excited about the boundaries and challenges faced by a public body like ours. All that means you’ll be a trusted pair of hands to take us through even the most complex tender processes, finding suppliers who’ll help us deliver the very best result for our customers.

Bring technical knowledge and inspire a team

We’re naturally looking for someone with all the right qualifications and experience. For a start, you’ll have a CIPS qualification (or part-qualification or equivalent experience), as well as a sound knowledge of ICT. But at the same time, it’s about more than who you are on paper: we also need someone whose people skills and passion will inspire the team around them. Managing two other Category Managers, you’ll support and mentor them, sharing insight on the market that keeps the whole team ahead of the curve. A clear communicator who can work well with colleagues and stakeholders alike, you’ll share your experience, lead with calm expertise, and inspire your team to grow stronger every day.

Create category strategy with impact across continents

In everything you do here, from tender review to interpreting market information, risk mitigation to performance reporting, you’ll be part of a team with rare impact. In helping to create our category strategy and in helping the team to flourish, you’ll also be supporting our wider work to protect the UK’s interests both at home and overseas. You’ll be using and honing the skills you already have, in support of both UK and friendly foreign government bodies. And as you do, you’ll find a meaningful role within a diverse, inclusive organisation, with all the benefits and pension that come with a Civil Service career. In short, it’s your job, bigger.

All our employees have to be security cleared before being appointed, so you will need to undergo a vetting process as part of your application. This role requires you to go through Developed Vetting (DV). You can find out more about vetting on our website.

Hanslope Park based posts attract a Location Allowance of £1,750 per annum.

FCDO Services are regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

Job summary

£37,679 - £46,787 plus £1,750 location allowance
Hanslope Park
Closing Date
30 August 2021 at midnight

Further information

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  • 1.  Role Profile
  • 2.  Extra Information
  • 3.  Civil Service Recruitment Principles
  • 4.  Civil Service Code