Working For NWUPC Ltd

17 Jan
Working For NWUPC Ltd  

Category Manager – part-time 17.5 hours per week

North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) Ltd

£35,000 - £40,000 FTE (£17,500 - £20,000) with a benefits package circa £5000


North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) is a not for profit organisation owned by its member universities in the North West. Our primary objective is “to provide a structure for higher education institutions mutually to secure value for money in matters relating to the procurement of goods and services”.  We achieve this by supporting and delivering collaborative procurement so that our members have compliant and effective routes to market.


We are seeking to appoint a part-time Category Manager to join our Contracting Team.  The organisation’s ongoing successes have created the opportunity for growth and an additional team member to join us at an exciting point in our procurement journey.


The HE sector is a varied and diverse community to work in and the post holder will gain exposure to a wide range of projects across spend areas both goods and services.  You will deliver Framework Agreements that add value to our membership; delivering costs savings whilst driving benefits and ensuring an excellent standard of compliance with statutory legislation.


The role holder will


  • develop category strategies
  • be responsible for delivering category strategies working in collaboration with stakeholders across the North West region as well as nationally
  • be responsible for the procurement process within category areas
  • be responsible for supplier relationship management within category areas
  • be responsible for stakeholder engagement within category areas
  • deliver excellent customer service to our members

You must be MCIPS qualified (or have achieved NVQ level 6 in Procurement or Supply Chain Management) and have public sector procurement experience.


You will


  • possess excellent organisational skills
  • have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • be highly motivated
  • be target driven

We work with our members to raise standards and good practice in procurement and related matters through training, education and stakeholder engagement.


We are proud of our Investors in People Platinum and Customer Service Excellence achievements.


NWUPC Ltd acknowledges that employee engagement strategies, rewards and recognition programmes are an essential component when attracting and retaining talent. As part of our commitment to investing in our staff, we offer a generous benefits package that includes


  • 25 days paid holidays pro rata (rising to 30 days after 12 months pro rata), with additional discretionary leave during company shutdown at Christmas
  • Good pension scheme (currently employer contribution paid at 13.4%)
  • Flexible working policy
  • Child care voucher salary sacrifice scheme
  • Staff development events
  • Training opportunities
  • Charitable activity scheme
  • Bonus scheme
  • Annual car parking scheme or annual travel pass scheme - prepayment
  • Health Assured – employee assistance programme
  • Paid professional body membership fees

 You can find out more about NWUPC Ltd by visiting


To apply please read the NWUPC Ltd applicant information and instructions form and complete the NWUPC application form.


Category Manager Job Description January 2020


NWUPC Job Application Form Category Manager


NWUPC Ltd Applicant Information and Instructions Category Manager


NWUPC Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form