Job Details
Posting Date
29/08/2019 Expiry Date 29/09/2019 Job Reference Number: 1276-2019-08-29T13:05:54
Head of Academic and Technical Services
Category Non Faculty Vacancies
College Departments
Department Procurement Department
Job Purpose

To perform the role of Category Manager in Research and Academic and IT categories.  To enable an efficient and effective Procurement function that supports the business of the University

Main accountabilities & expectations
  1. . To be responsible for the effective management of the categories of Research and Academic and IT
  2. . To act as line manager to the staff in those categories
  3. . To analyse the spend in nominated categories and to approach the market to fulfil the requirements in the most effective and sustainable manner
  4. . To assist in the implementation of a Procurement and Spend Management System (to include Procurement Cards), as instructed by the Director of Procurement
  5. . To ensure knowledge transfer within the team members of the categories
  6. . To provide training to stakeholders, as required
  7. . To seek out innovations and continuous improvement in the Procurement services being delivered
  8. . To remain current with global Procurement innovations
  9. To seek out collaborative procurement opportunities that will benefit the University
  10. . To ensure prompt delivery of Procurement services to stakeholders, as required
  11. . To ensure any Stores items for the categories are available within the supply chain and to act on any shortfalls promptly, liaising with stakeholders as required
  12. . To report regularly to the Director of Procurement on the categories
  13. . To always act in the best interests of the University
  14. . To ensure continuous compliance with the University's Core Values and CIPS Code of Ethics
  15. .  Any other requirements as instructed by the Director of Procurement and that are reasonably expected to be fulfilled by a role holder in the position of Category Manager
  16. To align with and assist other categories within the Procurement portfolio, as required
  17. To act as the Director of Procurement's delegated representative, as required
  18. Occasional travel to University Branches across Sharjah is required

Job Specific Accountabilities

The role holder is expected to manage the categories of Research and Academic (includes Medical and Dental), and IT, and to provide regular reports of progress within these areas of non-pay expenditure.  The role holder may be required to attend meetings in the absence of the Director of Procurement and to present to senior executive officers of the University.  Role holder must liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders, which includes suppliers, government agencies and external funding bodies, to provide information and deliver Procurement services as required. 


The role holder is accountable for the performance of the team within the category and for ensuring that there is resilience within the team in the case of absences.  The role holder will be sensitive to the University culture and to the diversity of the workforce and will treat all individuals with respect and courtesy. 

Required Skills
  • Undergraduate degree in Business or related field
  • MCIPS or an accredited CIPS Masters degree, or equivalent Professional Procurement Diploma from an accredited professional body or post graduate institution
  • At least 10 years in a Procurement function, 8 years of which must have been spent working in categories that include Medical, Dental and/or Research and IT
  • At least 3 years' experience working internationally
  • Customer service experience
  • Fluent English is essential
  • Literacy and competency in IT systems, particularly Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience of implementing, working to improve or working with eProcurement and Spend Management systems
Preferred Qualification & Experience

Experience in commercial sectors

Job Location University of Sharjah (Main)

Behavioral Competency Description
Integrity & Respect
  • Alignment with CIPS ensures adherence to Code of Ethics for Procurement professionals
  • Must be able to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Must be responsive to business needs and customer requirements
  • Must be able to clearly and concisely communicate with stakeholders, suppliers and senior management
  • Ability to positively influence negotiations
  • Competent and thorough preparation is required
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to delegate
Conflict Management
  • Inter-personal skills must be of a level to allow confident and competent resolution of conflicts to ensure effective Procurement
Accountability & Accuracy
  • Role holder will be required to perform to task and will be accountable for their performance
  • Accuracy is required form the role holder
Job Criteria
Gender Male or Female
Qualification Master's degree
Relevant Experience 3 or more
Living In UAE Open for all