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Not a clue what a 'Category Manager' is or does, and none the wiser for reading the following (written by the jargon machine I suspect), but it pays a good wedge ... what would 'a range of employee benefits' include do you think?

 

 

Job description
Salary: £44,344 - £49,365 Per Annum
Hours: 37 per week
 
Herefordshire Council’s Commercial Services team are seeking 2 category managers, one on a permanent basis and one on a fixed term basis for 12 months, to drive innovative Commissioning and Procurement strategies and deliver increased improvement and efficiency from the authority’s commercial activities, specifically focussing on Adult Social Care and Public Health.
 
Reporting to the Head of Commercial Services, you will work with key stakeholders across the authority to develop and deliver a portfolio of category strategies. In addition, you will also support the delivery of a number of cross-cutting initiatives, including the development of lean procurement systems and processes, improved management information and market intelligence, plus, a capacity and capability building programme which will include the delivery of a council-wide internal training and development and a range of strategies to support local trade and voluntary sectors. A centrally-led approach to Contract Management is also a major theme for the team.
Herefordshire Council offer a range of employee benefits and a Relocation Package may be available to the right candidates.
 
Closing Date for Applications: 7th September 2014
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For Fu.cks sake! Good bloody grief. There's no end to this beasts life. Somebody throw me a bone and end this turbulent Council's ability to breathe in and out. Surely there are Councillors out there who are able to say, 'No. No more'. Am I missing something here? How can this be?

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Many public sector organisations have recently adopted category management as a strategic transformation tool. Sir Philip Green, in his “Efficiency Review†of UK government spending, recommended that “centralised procurement [should be] mandated for common categories to leverage this buying power and achieve best practiceâ€.

 

The Category Management Association (CMA) is the global category management community that enables professionals to connect with peers around the world and further their careers with the latest in best practices and certification.

 

Although some people realised this from an earlier stage.
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I think I might apply? yes I think I'll send my cv in for this job I believe I've got a great chance of getting it?

£50k a year Cor blimey governor happy days there probably chuck in a car a pension & holiday pay as well? Even though I haven't got a clue wot the job is or about for £50k a year I'll give it a go wot's the worst that could happen? I get suspend have to sign a gagging order & receive a lovely big golden handshake to match my loss of earnings??!!

 

Yep a bloody chancier will get this job more than likely some idiot who's already been kicked out of some other local authorities in the country for being in-competed??…come on all aboard the gravy train now!!!

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To quote the wiki link above "Category management is a retailing and purchasing concept in which the range of products purchased by a business organization or sold by a retailer is broken down into discrete groups of similar or related products; these groups are known as product categories (examples of grocery categories might be: tinned fish, washing detergent, toothpastes). It is a systematic, disciplined approach to managing a product category as a strategic business unit."

 

Last time I looked, local government was NOT a retailing and purchasing concept, nor a strategic business unit. Even less so the Adult Social Care and Public Health departments. Public servants keen to hold onto their jobs are redefining their roles, wrapping them in impenetrable jargon, once again failing to knuckle down and just do the the clerical jobs they are paid (rather well) to do.

 

Anyway, isn't 'development of lean procurement systems and processes' and similar nonsense what we're paying Hoople a fortune to do?

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With or without an 'e', you've gotta question what sort of impact we've had with our ranting down the years old friend. Despite it all, and there's been lots of it, still, even now, after all that's happened, they can still churn out this sh.it.

God above! It's relentless.

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Oh dear me.

 

There's that word again. Transforming.

 

Isn't "change and transformation" what Mike Dearing, formerly of Hoople, ran off to do in Swindon??

 

I wouldn't mind betting that for £50,000......he'd quite like to come back to Hereford, and try his hand at transformation here!

 

Then we really will have gone round in circles.

 

Again.

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For every one of these jobs that's advertised in the public domain there's many more created internally. Managers write proposals for front line services to be cut write their own job description and slip in a salary increase at the same time!

 

Does anyone know what's become of the Chief Exec? What exactly does this man do and can we do without him? Come to think of it there's a number of suits we could well do without!

 

Tony if you're reading this they will be your downfall!

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Oh dear me.

 

There's that word again. Transforming.

 

Isn't "change and transformation" what Mike Dearing, formerly of Hoople, ran off to do in Swindon??

 

I wouldn't mind betting that for £50,000......he'd quite like to come back to Hereford, and try his hand at transformation here!

 

Then we really will have gone round in circles.

 

Again.

 

 
Mr Dearing is now a Consultancy Partner at Ameo.
 
Here we go ... 'Ameo is a niche interim management consultancy specialising in project and programme management for business change and transformation initiatives. As a Partner at Ameo I lead our advisory services team and work with our customers to unpack and achieve their transformational goals.' If he's unpacking them, who packed them in the first place and why ...?
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You'll be the ideal candidate then - take a look at the 'person specification' (actually, don't bother) - it's a blank sheet! Its all a game of bluff and double bluff don't you know (using our money) - I'll wager 98% of council employees have no idea what any of it means either! I read it - not a clue, not an inkling of what the job entails, but we're assured it's going to be an exciting journey ... 'add it to the job basket' - entries close tomorrow!

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If you click on Flamboyant's link you'll notice the word 'journey' incorporated into the job description. Happily the word, 'passionate' is being slowly discarded and others like 'the journey' are being used in their place to attract the right sort of tw.at they are keen to recruit.

Funnily enough, I was chatting with my lad who works in the City of London in the private sector and I asked him about this pressing problem, namely, why they communicate in this strange language. He tells me that in the City, this sort of shi.te was discarded many years ago because it was generally agreed that it was to closely associated with the public sector who's numbers, once tried and tested within the private sector, were spat out because they were of no use in the competitive private sector market.

I think there is some truth in this. The management within the private sector are either reasonably good or excellent whilst the management within the public sector are either useless and incompetent or at best nibbling at being average and unlikely to cause to much chaos during their tenure in office.

The journey! Good bloody grief.

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Yesterday Herefordshire Council released a statement about the savings made from the closure and sell off of Council buildings

 

'It is predicted that we will save in the region of £350,000 a year from the closure of Bath Street, Blackfriars and Brockington. However, this figure will not be fully realised until we have officially sold Bath Street and Brockington'

 

The savings identified will cover the cost of the posts identified on here! I am absolutely gob smacked that Tony Johnson and his party would rid us of our valuable assets and describe this as a yearly saving, when essentially all they've done is enable themselves to pay for more suits in more fictitious posts that we don't need!

 

It's a huge price to pay for yet more incompetence! What financial adviser would advise you to sell off property to pay salaries! Am I missing something?

 

Do the public have no control over our assets?

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