Category Analyst

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  • Location

    Plymouth, Devon

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Contact:

    Louise Wardle

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  • Published:

    2 months ago

  • Duration:

    9 months

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The Category/Data Analyst is responsible to gather and analyse data in support of definition and implementation of the optimal strategies for clearly defined spend categories. The role will be home based until January at which point it is likely that you would need to work 3 days/week on site in Plymouth.

Objectives for this role will include:

Collating Project and Business Unit requirements, including those driven by the future bid pipeline

Analysing category expenditure and supply markets to provide unique insight to the Category Manager

Providing data that enables the rigorous management of contract and supplier performance

Category Management
Builds an in-depth knowledge of the supply markets, including input costs & cost drivers, total cost of ownership (TCO), supply-side & demand-side market trends, regulation, barriers to entry and overall market competitiveness

Uses this data analysis to input into the category strategy in order to take maximum advantage from supply chain decisions and mitigate any future supply chain risks


Gathers detailed BU usage and specification data required to produce effective ITT and RFx documentation

Produces the cost and evaluation models that enable the Category Manager/Specialist to assess suppliers' offers

Supply Management

Builds a deep understanding of the supply base, including their future strategy, growth plans, financial performance and competitive threats

Owns and maintains supplier segmentation data and collating the contract performance data and other inputs required to ensure successful strategic supplier engagements

Maintains the suite of KPIs and reports required to effectively manage the performance of the pan-divisional contracts

Education & Professional Qualifications

Qualified to degree level or equivalent Experience & Background

2+ years post-graduation experience

Proven experience of working with large data sets, building complex analytical models and extracting insightful data

Basic knowledge of core procurement processes

Experience of analysing public financial, supply market and supplier data

Interested in pursuing a career in strategic procurement

Business Skills & Knowledge

Strong analytical skills
Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

High levels of business acumen and a keen awareness of current business trends and issues

Ability to simplify complex concepts and information for presentation to stakeholders at all levels

Highly self-motivated and delivery focussed