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Procurement Category Manager

The Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT)Wakefield

Do you want to join a team that transforms the lives of over 25,000 students in 33 schools by providing outstanding procurement expertise to ensure that all children, irrespective of their starting point, receive an excellent education? 

This ‘not for profit’ actively recruits experts from a range of professional backgrounds, who work together to raise educational standards for all students, regardless of their social economic background. The purpose of this is to give students the very best life chances to fulfil their own aspirations and serve our local communities. If you would relish the opportunity to be part of delivering this vision, then this is the organisation for you.

This is an important role within the organisation to provide procurement support and expertise to our schools by procuring goods and services to ensure students get the most out of the funding available for their education. You will be responsible for running procurement exercises across all non-staffing spend to suppliers to maximise the value for money secured for our students. This is an ambitious, growing organisation, with a national profile. As a key member of this team, you will have significant scope for future development and will be instrumental in the ongoing success of 25,000 students, and therefore, the organisation.

To apply for this position, you need to have:

• Experience of completing a range of PCR 15 compliant procurement activities and drafting all associated tender/contract documentation to effectively manage commercial risks

• Experience of drafting specifications, preparation and issue of tender documents, evaluation of proposals, contract award and administration

• Experience of providing advice and support to key stakeholders on good practice in contracting and purchasing

• Knowledge of current legislation within specific category areas and its impact on market management, finance, and contractual arrangements

• Robust knowledge of procurement metrics and systems with proven ability of setting, monitoring, and achieving KPIs

Please note, this position requires driving.

In line with the Government’s announcement, our academies are closed until further notice. However, we are still busily planning ahead and are excited about welcoming new recruits to come and join us. In place of academy based interviews, we have set up systems to ensure that alternative options are still available via skype/video conferencing wherever possible. Every effort will be made to try and accommodate any specific requirements so that no-one is at a disadvantage. 

Understandably, visits to the academies are not possible at present, however we are really keen to ensure that you have as much information to proceed with your application as possible, so if you would like a conversation about the position please email Zara Jones, Procurement Manager at who will be happy to assist.

If you would like to have a detailed conversation about this vacancy, to discuss your procurement experience and to see if it would be a good career move for you, please email Zara Jones our Procurement Manager at

For more information and to apply, please go to: > Careers.

Closing date: Midday on 25 January 2021.

We reserve the right to close advertisements early. Advertisements will therefore close at 12 noon, either on the advertised closing date, or the day the decision has been taken to close the advertisement early.

Outwood Grange Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.