Category Specialist

Role Objective

The Procurement Category Specialist is responsible for the deployment of best practice solutions to meet the operational procurement goals of the Professional Services and Forest Operations categories. The role also has a key responsibility for developing the capability and capacity of our contractor base to ensure our business and procurement strategies are fully supported. As a member of the procurement team the holder will also be responsible for supporting the development and delivery of simplified and efficient procurement processes to ensure high quality contractor procurement services.

Terms and Conditions

Reports to: Procurement Category Manager

Contract: Permanent

Location: Mullingar (or by agreement)


Procurement Management

  • Manage the procurement process for the Professional Services & Forest Operations categories, to include; definition of user requirements, category profiling, sourcing strategy development, tender management and contract setup.
  • Work with business areas to ensure tender requirements are agreed, and contracts are in place when needed.
  • Responsible for the advertisement, delivery and award of tenders in line with business requirements and relevant procurement regulations.
  • Support the development of robust procurement strategies for the assigned categories and assist in the execution of annual implementation plans.
  • Identify and deliver value for money, through implementation of cost savings and continuous improvement programmes from category strategies.
  • Reporting & analysis of tender activities, as well as supplier market insights for assigned procurement categories.
  • Engage in improvement projects and initiatives to support our sustainability objectives.

Contractor Development 

  • Responsible for implementing progressive and flexible resourcing solutions to ensure we have a growing and vibrant contractor base which can fully meet the changing and future capacity and capability needs of our business.
  • Support the development of contractor and suppliers through collaboration and partnerships.
  • Responsible for implementing effective supplier relationship management processes to recognise and reward our best performing  & progressive

People, Leadership, Organisation and Culture

  • Help to create a culture of high performance in the Procurement team with high motivation levels through effective use of our performance management and reward systems.
  • Simplify business processes to reduce complexity to our customers and allow our people to do their best work.
  • Actively promote and prioritise a safe working environment for our people, our contractors and customers in our forest estate.
  • Develop a strong, vibrant and competitive supplier base.
  • Develop strong collaboration with key stakeholders, to ensure alignment with the objectives of the business and improved procurement planning.
  • Act as a visible role model for the Coillte Group’s values.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Drive for Results: The drive to exceed goals and push self and others towards high levels of performance.
  • Customer Focus: Knowledge and insight of end markets and customers and dedication to meeting their expectations and requirements.
  • Strategic Agility: The capacity to think big picture and be future oriented when supporting the execution of the strategy.
  • Managing Change and Ambiguity: Openness to change and the capacity to deal comfortably with risk and uncertainty.
  • Report writing/Presentations: Strong report writing and presentation skills with the ability to present information clearly and concisely.
  • Managing Simplicity in Business Process: The capacity to reduce complexity and increase efficiency in business process.

Desired Technical / Professional Competencies

  • Education and Experience: Relevant qualification in business (HETAC Level 8), procurement (Professional Diploma in Public Procurement (IPA), Advanced Diploma in Public Procurement Law (Kings’ Inn) or equivalent).
  • ideally to HETAC level 8), with a minimum of three years’ experience.   Knowledge of and awareness of procurement regulations.
  • Commercial Acumen: The knowledge to understand and manage financials to maintain profitability and enhance the value of the forest estate.
  • Strategy / Innovation: Knowledge and experience of strategy formulation and the role of innovation in exploiting the delivery of strategies.

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Simplicity
  • Empowerment
  • Outward Looking
  • Responsible


Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday, 22 May 2023. Please submit your cv to

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