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Do you have knowledge and experience of public sector procurement?

Would you like the opportunity to be part of an exciting transformation of DVSA procurement and contract management?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Job description

DVSA are finalising their transforming from Procurement and Contract Management teams and moving to a Category Management approach. This approach is recognised as best commercial practice by the Government Commercial Function (Cabinet Office), and its introduction supports a new DVSA Commercial Strategy that has been approved by the DVSA Board.

As Commercial Category Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the continuing development of the category approach, working in a small category team and reporting to the Senior Commercial Category Manager.

This role provides DVSA with an exemplar commercial experience in line with Government Commercial Function (GCF) best practice, by supporting the Commercial Category, and introducing the concept and efficiency benefits of the Category Management approach to the business.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing commercial guidance and advice to the business, including the latest developments in public sector procurement, in relation to their assigned category
  • Planning team requirements, allocating resources and prioritising activities, over the short to medium term by fully understanding the business environment in which the team operates
  • Supporting the leadership team’s work to embed the new DVSA Commercial Strategy and the introduction of a Category Management approach, and year on year improvements thereafter, this will include the development, planning, delivery, management, and continuous improvement of their assigned commercial category
  • Adopting a Management Information (MI) regime to drive improvement and utilise MI to help inform commercial strategy decisions

About You

To be successful in this Commercial Category Manager role, you will need to be able to evidence the following skills and experience:

  • A good all-round knowledge and experience of public sector procurement
  • Strong awareness of EU Procurement Regulations, using Crown Commercial Service frameworks and the Digital Marketplace in particular
  • Demonstrable experience of effective communication, you can present information to key internal and external stakeholders, ensuring the information is received with impact
  • A track record of building valued relationships with stakeholders, helping to support the needs of the business and commercial objectives
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS), or equivalent, or willingness to work towards achieving this qualification


Level 1: £1000 – Part Qualified – foundation stage of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply, Certificate of Competence in Purchasing and Supply, NVQ Level III in procurement.

Level 2: £3000 – Full membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. NVQ Level IV in procurement or equivalent business qualification

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