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Category Manager - Indirect

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  • Location

    Blackburn, Lancashire

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  • Salary:

    £30000.00 - £36000.00 per annum

  • Contact:

    Jack Dawkins

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  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

  • Duration:

    12 months

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Job Title: Category Manager - Indirect
Duration: 12-month FTC
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Blackburn

Job overview
Our leading services client is currently recruiting for a Category Manager (Indirect) to join on a 12-month fixed term contract.

The main goal of this role is to carry out a wide range of procurement activities across indirect spend including telecoms, FM (Hard + soft) and general services to achieve business objectives, ensuring that the requirements of internal and external customers are met in a timely and cost-effective manner. You will optimise strategic supply chain relationships, getting the best value for money and minimising risks for indirect spend portfolios.

This role is a 12 month maternity cover. The role will be a mix of office-based (Blackburn) and home-based working.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a strategic planning process for indirect spend commodities and suppliers that is integrated with the overall business objectives.
  • Work closely with stakeholders and suppliers to improve Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of indirect spend
  • Select suppliers and negotiate supply agreements ranging from tactical commodity pricing agreements to more complicated, long-term strategic relationships
  • Establish and implement an on-going business process with appropriate measures to reduce and control the total costs of indirect spend
  • Provide expertise, support, direction, advice and guidance to internal customers on indirect procurement policy and procedures ensuring contract compliance
  • Manage and monitor indirect contracts to ensure all parties meet their contractual obligations and best value is achieved. Drive service improvements from existing and new sources of supply
  • Achieve year on year cost savings consistent with the Purchasing Budget

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have strong knowledge of end to end procurement, such as strategic sourcing, contract management, procurement processes, materials management, and supplier relationship management
  • Have experience in managing tender processes including drafting quotation packs
  • Be proficient in the use of MS Office and ERP applications
  • Have experience in analysing supplier spend and be naturally inquisitive and focused on driving continuous improvement
  • Be a problem solver, willing to take on new tasks and learn new skills to support change
  • Have exceptional organisational skills with the ability to plan and prioritise your own work, and take responsibility for own actions
  • Current UK driving licence

For further information please contact Jack Dawkins on

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