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Category and Social Value Manager

Onward Homes
Liverpool, Accrington or Greater Manchester
£40,650 (Recruitment Rate) £43,300 (Confirmed Rate)
Closing date
14 Aug 2021

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Homes and Asset Management, Asset management, Procurement
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP
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Job Details

Onward Homes is one of the largest registered providers of social housing in the North West, with 35,000 properties across the region.

We believe that everyone deserves a place to call their own, which is why we’re committed to building 500 new homes each year. We do more than just provide a roof over our customers’ heads, we’re here to make a real difference.

At Onward we’re working towards creating positive spaces, which extends to not only to the communities we serve but to our workplaces being positive spaces that are open, diverse and inclusive.  Onward is committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation in every aspect of our work. 

We are looking for a Category and Social Value Manager (1 post) to join our Procurement team.

The Category and Social Value Manager will manage discrete areas of spend within Property Services, implementing the procurement strategy and policy that enables the delivery of value for money and to identify Social Value outcomes for the Property Service.  

Responsibilities will include supporting the Senior Category Manager with specialist knowledge of the allocated categories ensuring value for money, reduced risk and improved overall business outcomes. As well providing commercial intelligence and advice, using data analysis techniques to provide monthly reports on actual spend against contract, off contract spend, new suppliers, supplier issues and performance.

Identify relevant social value opportunities within the Property Service contracts and supply chains that meet our customer’s needs. Work collaboratively with internal and external partners, and other stakeholders to ensure Social Value outcomes are delivered and reported to Head of Procurement. Deliver bespoke social value projects that includes design, delivery, budgets, monitoring, and social value evaluation to ensure they are fit for purpose, liaising with internal partners as required.

Provide expertise and support to key stakeholders (and other colleagues as required) on all aspects of social value and procurement, including sourcing options, where you will compile and manage tender process from end to end ensuring best practice, PCR compliance and managing commercial and contractual risk.  Expert advice will also be provided in contract specifications, forms of contract, tender packaging, and pricing strategies. 

In order to be successful it is essential to have experience of Property Services Category Management, and market knowledge of minor construction works and compliance procurement, experience of Public Contract Regulations, issuing of contract notices and contract award processes. As well as experience of contractual terms and conditions relating to Property Services, experience of delivering, managing, and reporting Social Value within a procurement function and experience of delivering projects on time and on budget, including monitoring and evaluation. The successful candidate will also be CIPS qualified.

All posts are recruited to the recruitment salary and movement to the confirmed salary is based on successful completion of a 6 month probation.  As well as a competitive salary and a generous annual leave entitlement, we offer a range of benefits for a rewarding career including a health cash plan, pension scheme and personal development.

Please note that due to Covid-19, we have adapted our working arrangements under government guidelines and Safe Systems of Work.  Discussions around the current working arrangements and Safe Systems of Work specific to the role will take place during the interview process. If candidates have any concerns / questions in relation to Covid-19 and the role at any stage of the recruitment and selection process they can contact the HR team on and a member of the HR Team will be in touch.


Onward is one of the largest registered providers of social housing based solely in the North West of England with 35,000 homes across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.

Onward currently comprises of five leading housing providers committed to the regeneration and sustainability of our region; Contour Homes, Liverpool Housing Trust, Ribble Valley Homes, Hyndburn Homes and Peak Valley Housing Association. They work together under the Onward brand as a not-for-profit organisation regulated by Homes England.

Our member organisations are united by a common purpose – to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.

  • We build, manage and maintain homes for people who are unable to access housing on the open market.
  • We deliver high quality homes and first class services that make a real difference to the people living in our neighbourhoods.
  • We offer customers support and assistance, helping people to overcome the challenges faced in our communities.
  • We provide homes and support to vulnerable people, helping them to live independent lives in the community.
  • We work with partners, voluntary groups and government agencies to provide more homes for people from all backgrounds, meeting the increasing need for housing throughout the North West.

Together as Onward, we’re signalling our intention to increase our impact by building more homes and delivering better services.

Find Us
+44 151 708 5777
Head Office
12 Hanover Street
L1 4AA
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