Category Team Leader (ICT and Strategic)

Closing date: 29 November 2022 | Salary: £41,150-£46,147 (Grade 7) | Location: Flexible

Contract type: Permanent

Work pattern: Full Time, 37 hours per week

Post number: 203416

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to the nearest NRW office to your home, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

As a Category Team Leader (ICT and Strategic) for the Procurement Department you will report directly to the Procurement Team Leader, supporting the delivery of commercial strategies and Service Plans. You will be responsible for a team of professionally qualified personnel, offering support, guidance and expertise on commercial matters, whilst empowering the team to perform their duties as Category Leads when assisting the Business Owners they work with.

You will have an active role in driving the organisation’s Value For Money outcomes, improved corporate compliance, planning, performance, policy and strategy, in the context of procurement and category management. 

You will assist the Procurement Manager in progressing the Procurement Service Plan and will contribute to the delivery of the NRW Commercial Strategy, promoting good governance and compliance across NRW throughout. 


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing the identification, development and delivery of category management and procurement solutions across NRW.
  • Leading on the design and implement contract mechanisms relating to supply chain compliance and sustainability, anticipating and responding to new legislation and alterations to the Public Contract Regulations, Well-being of Future Generations Act and other UK or Welsh Government legislation.
  • Being accountable for identifying and managing organisational risks relating to procurement, making decisions in line with your delegated authority.     
  • Bringing about sustainable & ethical business benefits through the development, delivery and enabling of the procurement governance frameworks wider value for money drivers, inclusive of sustainability, social value efficiencies and community benefits.
  • Leading on or being part of project teams seeking to continually improve guidance, policies and procedures, along with supporting tools, templates and training associated with procurement and category management.
  • Leading on establishing and maintaining good relationships with senior managers and external partners, influencing them to contribute to, support and adopt policies and processes and adapt their activities in line with business and environmental needs.             
  • Leading / working closely with other enabling services teams in the management of and process improvements for contracts as required.
  • Managing and developing the Procurement team members and be fully accountable for their performance, contribution, development and well-being. Identify and address your own learning needs to improve procurement and category management capabilities; recognise team gaps, recommend steps to build procurement capability.        
  • Incident Response requirements: May be required to take part in incident response activities.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Full membership of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) (Essential)
  2. Substantial experience as a Senior Procurement practitioner, in the application of knowledge and the specific requirements of the post, in particular Category Management.
  3. Financial and commercial management, leadership and influencing skills. (Essential)
  4. Transferrable experience of using commercial approaches to deliver business objectives. (Essential)
  5. Expert understanding and application of commercial concepts, practices, governance & techniques. (Essential)
  6. Transferrable experience of delivering complex commercial initiatives. (Essential)
  7. Relevant and recent experience of managing a commercial team. (Essential)
  8. Experience of managing a dispersed team remotely. (Desirable)
  9. High level understanding and experience of risk management and commercial accountability. (Desirable)

Welsh language requirements

Essential: Level 1 – Able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement i.e., ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.


Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Able to undertake a range of advanced skilled work, involving significant technical tasks/ specialist knowledge in a defined discipline.
  • Ability to manage significant processes requiring previous experience in managing people/other projects/resources.
  • The post-holder will have full knowledge and/or understanding of principles in a specific field, and will need to update knowledge on a regular basis.
  • Substantial and relevant experience working in the  field with good mentoring and leadership skills. Experience of managing teams, which could be dispersed.
  • As budget holder the post holder will demonstrate financial and budgetary acumen and have  experience of managing financial resources. Able to demonstrate a high level of people management, customer care and time/ resource management skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW strategy. 
  • Able to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals at all levels.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve expected results, requiring some degree of judgment or creativity, with guidance from peers. Ability to make appropriate decisions regarding the management of incidents and alter priorities as a result of conflicting demands. May need to alter priorities or those of their team as a result of conflicting demands. Objectives and targets, etc. will be reviewed on an intermediate basis.
  • Able to make independent decisions at an operational management level, based on input from line management and peers; an understanding of national and NRW policy; the range of options available; and their potential implications for the business. Expected to contribute to the strategy and plans for the function, in conjunction with senior management.
  • Has an appreciation that their decisions may lead to changes in established procedures/practices for dealing with issues within their area of work, and/or the consequence of taking wrong decisions, which may have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders/ partner/organisations/lenders/service users etc.  
  • Decisions may concern a broad range of matters the outcome and impact of which may not always be clear or apparent, and likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and medium term in nature. Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Able to interact with roles across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering strategies and polices in the most efficient way.
    Able to discuss policy issues, which may be technical, specialist or detailed, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience.
  • The post holder will have effective written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to lead key projects, with a degree of complexity, requiring effective persuasive skills. Able to facilitate and/or present at internal or external meetings, giving input and advice – including around legislative changes - and steer the direction of discussion or activity. There will be a requirement to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Ability to source data/content from multiple locations or sources, entailing external research and some professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature.

Responsibility for People

  • Post holders will typically have first line managers or professional enabling specialists reporting into them, but with a senior manager they can report to.  This may include responsibility for larger and/ or more dispersed teams, often working over a number of sites.
  • Ability to deliver team work plans, staff development, staff performance and  wellbeing and health and safety of those within their span of control.
  • Fully accountable for the people directly reporting to them and for ensuring compliance with all organisational policies and procedures.
  • Line management will generally relate to one or two discrete teams carrying out largely similar work.

Benefits of working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • Generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • Health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • Weekly well-being hour to use at your choice

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Please send a completed application form to: using the post number as the email reference

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date: 29 November 2022

Interviews will take place between 14 and 16 December 2022 through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Vernon Lambert at  

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented, including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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