Strategic Category Manager
Permanent / Full Time
Salary: Basic Salary £67,500- £87,500 Plus Package
Travel required (2-3 days per week)
We are looking for a specialist lead for procurement delivery who will work alongside the Head of Procurement providing expert knowledge across high-risk categories, enabling our client to deliver its vision through increased commercial support.
As a Strategic Category Manager, you will be experienced in developing cross-cutting category strategies for business and category areas, providing deep category insight across specialised areas of spend to ensure our client is able to maximise value and outcomes. You will deliver 1-to-5-year procurement pipelines, enabling the design of work packages, working across the departments to ensure that category strategies and plans are aligned to the commercial strategies and maximise the organisation's buying position, whilst contributing to and delivering our clients strategic objectives.
You will be part of the team which moves the organisation from a reactive to a proactive procurement service, adding value and insight. A strong, credible relationship builder with demonstrable interpersonal skills, you will build and develop trusted relationships at a senior level across the organisation. You will interact with key senior stakeholders to provide strategic insights on business needs and develop and deliver innovative and fit for purpose contracting and negotiation strategies. Using your experience of achieving enhanced value for money, social value, risk management, innovation, and sustainable supplier relationships through negotiations pre and post award of contracts, you will direct and lead the research and analysis of market trends and best practice. This will ensure procurement strategies and approaches are current, risks are identified, and governance frameworks are effective, and insight is gained through the analysis of costs, benefits, and supply markets.
You will also play an important role in delivering effective framework agreements to our clients Operational teams, by tendering for goods, materials and services, taking into consideration price, quality and delivery, whilst always ensuring continuity of supply.
Skills, Attributes & Experience
Extensive category management experience is essential, that includes contract and supplier management ideally within the utilities or construction sectors. We are also keen to receive applications from those that are CIPS accredited and can demonstrate where they have reduced costs and built effective & productive relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers.
Commercial awareness, computer literacy and attention to detail are a pre-requisite, as is being a great communicator, negotiator, and collaborator.