Previous Opportunities

Category Specialists – Corporate Services x 3

48,868 (National) / 55,006 (London)
Manchester or London with travel to various locations
This position is now closed to applications.

The Civil Service is one of the biggest and most complex employers in the UK employing over 400,000 civil servants serving both Ministers and the public to deliver the priorities of the Government of the day. These include major projects with a lifecycle cost of around £500bn, as well as programmes and services that affect everyone in the United Kingdom. The annual spend is c. £45bn per annum with a range of suppliers including Small and Medium Enterprises.

HMRC is currently enhancing its Commercial team through a new operating model and is making a significant number of additional appointments at all levels, including a new Chief Commercial Officer who has recently been appointed from the private sector.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding team of experts in the Corporate Services Category where you will support the design and implementation of effective category strategies and plans. You will work directly with leaders across HMRC business areas up to and including Director level, providing appropriate advice and challenge, to maintain a full understanding of their requirements and priorities to effectively support delivery of HMRC’s strategic objectives.

The Category Specialist is the lead interface with key stakeholder and supplier/market communities and mentors and develops the wider commercial team in the appropriate sub-categories of spend. Working closely with colleagues in sourcing and commercial contract management, they shape the sourcing strategies, ensure these are communicated effectively across HMRC and drive implementation. This will require both the ability to think, influence and act strategically and a practical and pragmatic approach to see things through.

Specifically, the three roles will cover the following broad sub-categories of expenditure:

1 x Category Specialist – Professional Services
• Advisory services, including strategic, management, IT and financial consultancy;
• Legal services; and
• Other professional services

2 x Category Specialists – Corporate Support Services
• Travel management;
• Fleet management;
• Forensic services;
• Office supplies and equipment; and
• A wide range of ancillary products and services

The ideal candidate will have significant commercial experience in a similar organisation with an understanding of supply market and market drivers, commercial solutions available and cost drivers. You will have a proven track record of procuring single service contracts, outsource solutions and make vs buy exercises. Sound knowledge of UK and EU procurement legislations is required as is excellent commercial and negotiation skills. You will be MCIPS / IACCM qualified and be able to build key stakeholder relationships.

For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, please visit

For a confidential discussion please contact Ray Williamson or Liam Kelly at Aspen People
on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications is Friday 19th January 2018.

To apply please complete the form below and attach your CV, cover letter and diversity monitoring form (available from the microsite link above). If you do not receive an automatic acknowledgement, please contact Melissa Scholes on 0141 212 7555.