Category Manager

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  • Location

    Bristol, England

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    Power, Nuclear and Utilities

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    Zaida Bhana

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  • Published:

    8 months ago

  • Duration:

    3 months

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Category Manager, Contract, Bristol

Reporting to the MEH Project Procurement Director, the Category Manager will deliver the development and implementation of Category Management strategies and processes including the execution, implementation and performance management of contracts.

Role Profile
Key Accountabilities:
* Category Strategy
o Develop Procurement strategies that maximise value for the business, based on understanding the business needs and the supply market potential
o Develop a deep knowledge of the specific supply markets relating to spend categories within Cavendish
o Implement the P&SC strategy, including negotiating and contracting with suppliers, evaluating on-going contract and supplier performance and measuring contract compliance.

* Strategic Sourcing
o Conduct sourcing activities to meet Cavendish requirements in support of the overall Category strategy.
o Conduct market engagement, tendering, evaluation, negotiation and contract award activities in respect of a specific portfolio of goods and services.
o Support Business Development activities by assisting with the design of supply chains and the sourcing strategy for bids.

* Supplier Management
o Review and, where applicable, support the restructuring of the supply base to reduce low-value transactional activity and focus on the management of fewer, strategically important suppliers
o Manage the performance of key suppliers, using appropriate metrics, to improve performance, increase levels of engagement, encourage innovation and deliver additional value from long-term contracts
o Ensure that a strong health, safety and environmental ethos is applied throughout the Company's supply chain
o Support the implementation, performance management, and compliance to Group contracts.

* Value Delivery
o Prepare and agree with the Head of Procurement (and relevant stakeholders) the Value Delivery targets for the year.
o Implement sourcing and supplier management initiatives to deliver against the Value Plan this will involve running and delivering sourcing projects from conception through to completion.

* Team Working
o Discuss and agree clear objectives with the Head of Procurement and drive to achieve these, working at pace, to high standards and with professionalism.
o Participate in regular performance reviews, with reference to progress against objectives.

Business Engagement
o Establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders across the business, working closely with them to ensure alignment with BU, Sector and Group strategies.
o Agree with key stakeholders a regular cycle of reviews and performance updates (e.g. attendance at monthly Ops team meetings, etc.).
o Represent the Category team and the Cavendish Sector within the wider Babcock Procurement community, sharing and adopting best practice wherever possible.
o Support operational activities, including bidding activities and mobilisation of new contracts

Competencies, Attributes and Experience:
1. Specific Functional Skills and Experience
o Experience in a Strategic Sourcing or Category Management role. Strong knowledge and understanding of current strategic Procurement techniques and value levers
o Strong Category Management knowledge (i.e. understanding of the supply market, the value chain and key cost drivers)

2. Business Skills and Knowledge
o Strong communication abilities, both written and oral
o Ability to think strategically, with the ability to support the development and communication of the strategic direction for the Category
o Strong interpersonal skills

3. Collaboration and Team Working
o Proven track record of working within P&SC teams to achieve targets across several projects within a defined timeframe
o Personal presence and ability to 'role model' the attributes required in a Category Management team role
o Ability to accommodate change, maintaining focus and positive attitude in the face of scepticism.

4. Personal Behaviours
o Has a clear commercial 'edge' - comfortable with negotiation and with challenging commercial interactions
o Energetic and enthusiastic, and passionate about Procurement and Supply Chain. Exhibits a strong personal drive and commitment - both to the success of the business and to their own role.
o Personable and open, able to deal with various internal and external stakeholders with integrity and positivity
o Takes responsibility for personal development and actively pursues learning and career development opportunities.

Educational Qualifications
o Business, Finance, Supply Chain Management or Engineering degree.

Professional Qualifications
o MCIPS or equivalent professional qualification

Due to the nature of the position SC Clerance is required