Category Lead (inside IR35) - #59557

Public Sector Resourcing

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: London
Contract type: Full time

Category Lead – (Inside IR35)

Contract Term: 12 Month

Contracting Authority: Crown Commercial Services

Location: Birmingham (preference) , Liverpool or London - Hybrid, Travel will be required between offices.


CCS is the largest public procurement organisation in the UK.

As a trading fund and executive agency of the Cabinet Office, we implement procurement policy on behalf of the government.

We use the collective buying power of our customers and our commercial expertise to help public sector organisations achieve value for money and provide great outcomes for taxpayers.

As a Category Lead, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Supporting the creation, execution and evolution of a world class, market leading category strategy for UK and Global travel across Central Government (CG) and the Wider Public Sector (WPS) in complex markets, transforming category management. Will also support the development of the wider business and organisational strategies.
  • Leading the development and delivery of commercial solutions, including market and stakeholder engagement activities to incorporate industry and customer input into category and sourcing strategies.
  • Developing market sector knowledge and applying this to create a deep understanding of customer requirements, market capability and potential opportunities.
  • Building relationships of influence with senior customers, strategic suppliers and industry leaders.
  • Liaise with Account Managers and other relevant CCS personnel to ensure “one CCS voice” and to support and coordinate initiatives that develop the sub-category offering, including new products and services where appropriate.
  • Lead the category response and provide proactive and flexible support to the SCS1 in supporting customers during periods of crisis and/or high priority Citizen programmes requiring urgent and often complex and large-scale travel management solutions and guidance.
  • Line management responsibility for a small team of Category Managers (if required).
  • Travel in and round the UK as required and requested.
  • Use market expertise and knowledge to spot trends and change markets accordingly, leading market engagement activities and other team members in sharing this information with customers
  • Demonstrate significant proactivity, flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and when required work “out of hours” on complex and high-profile projects.

You’ll have relevant experience in:

  • Active SC Clearance (Must)
  • Travel industry experience (Must)
  • Excellent communication, leadership and people skills, with ability to guide and coach team members.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, customer focused with good commercial acumen.
  • Demonstrable experience of working proactively, in a fast paced, commercial environment, delivering projects with a track record of achieving strong commercial results.
  • Travel Industry experience, passion and knowledge.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and support senior team members during crisis support activities.

Success Profiles:


  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace


  • Category & Crisis Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Procurement Processes
  • Travel Experience, Knowledge and/or Passion

At CCS, we actively support, promote, and celebrate our differences for the benefit of our employees, suppliers, and customers. CCS is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. CCS believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people.

Disability confident

As a member of the disability confident scheme, CCS guarantees to interview all candidates who have a disability and who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of candidates who have a disability who meet all the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.

Armed Forces Covenant

CCS is proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant and as such, we guarantee to interview all veterans or spouses / partners of military personnel who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of ex-military candidates / military spouses or partners, who meet all of the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.

If you qualify for the above, please notify us on
[email protected].

We will be in touch to discuss your suitability and arrange your Guaranteed Interview.

Should you require reasonable adjustments at any point during the recruitment process or if there is a more accessible way for us to communicate, please do let me know.

“In applying for this role, you acknowledge the following, this role falls in scope of the Off Payroll Working in the Public Sector legislation. Any rates of payment quoted will reflect the gross rate per day for the assignment and will be subject to appropriate taxes and statutory costs. As such the payment to the intermediary and your income resulting from this contract will be different”

Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not O

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