Procurement Category Manager – Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Being a part of Kent Fire and Rescue Service  

Everyone is unique. Everyone has value. Everyone helps to make Kent Fire and Rescue Service a great place to work. We are one team. Together with our customers we are creating a safer future for Kent and Medway.  

Being a ‘Procurement Category Manager’ 

You will Lead the Professional Services category whilst developing and promoting an innovative approach to procurement and market analysis. The Procurement Team is formed of five Categories; Facilities Management and Construction (Property); ICT; Fleet; Professional Services and Operations.  

What you’ll do: 

  • Provide data and supplier analysis and support new methods of service delivery to achieve, not only best value in procurement, but continuous improvement through effective contract management. 
  • Support and lead with the Head of Commercial and Procurement in designing and delivering local and national strategies to maximise collaboration opportunities across the Blue Light sector.  

What you’ll bring: 

  • Experience of Public Sector procurement and the Public Contract Regulations 2015. 
  • Have an awareness of the government’s new Find a Tender Service (FTS).  
  • Be a member of, or working towards being, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) or be working towards full CIPS membership. 


  •   Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme   
  •   Generous annual leave entitlement   
  •   Blue Light Card discount scheme   
  •   A range of family friendly policies including promoting work-life balance   
  •   Access to health and wellbeing services and advice   
  •   Access to LinkedIn Learning online training   

How to apply: 

If you feel have the skills and experience to be our Category Manager – Professional Services, please complete an online application and include a CV by midnight on Tuesday 4 June 2024.   

Interviews will include a presentation.   

We reserve the right to close applications at any time prior to the closing date.   

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. We know that great minds don’t think alike, so we rely on diverse thoughts, feelings, beliefs and backgrounds to create the best working environment that we can possibly offer. 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service, its employees and volunteers, are committed to safeguarding, protecting and supporting children, young people and adults at risk. As part of our safer recruitment process, we will undertake pre-employment checks to verify your suitability for the role. These checks will include your references and a standard or enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Enhanced DBS check with barred lists are carried out for roles with direct and unsupervised access to children, young people and adults at risk. Risk assessments will be undertaken on any disclosures identified as part of the pre-employment checks.  

As a Public Sector organisation with added responsibilities under the Equality Act, 2010 the candidate must demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and how this fits in with their everyday work.  

Salary: £53,480 - £61,028

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: June 4 2024

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