Category Specialist

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  • Location

    Bristol, England

  • Sector:

    Power, Nuclear and Utilities

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  • Salary:

    Up to £0.00 per annum

  • Contact:

    Zaida Bhana

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  • Published:

    8 months ago

  • Duration:

    3 months

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Category Specialist, Contract, Bristol

Reporting to the MEH Category Manager, the Category Specialist will support 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 Assist in the development of Procurement strategies that maximise value for the business, based on understanding the business needs and the supply market potential
o Develop a good understanding of the specific supply markets relating to spend categories within Cavendish

* 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 Support the implementation, performance management, and compliance to Group contracts.

* Value Delivery
o 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.
o Monitor and report progress against the plans on a monthly basis
o Identify new opportunities throughout the year and incorporate these into the Value Plan.

* 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.

Competencies, Attributes and Experience:
Specific Functional Skills and Experience
o Experience in a Strategic Sourcing or Category Specialist role. Good knowledge and understanding of current strategic Procurement techniques and value levers
o Good Category Management knowledge (i.e. understanding of the supply market, the value chain and key cost drivers)
o Proven track record of identifying and delivering year-on-year Procurement savings against targets, across a portfolio of Procurement initiatives
o Experience of managing sourcing projects from conception through to completion
o Experience of developing and obtaining buy-in for Category strategies with key stakeholders

2. Business Skills and Knowledge
o Good communication abilities, both written and oral

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

Educational Qualifications

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

Professional Qualifications

o MCIPS (or studying towards) or equivalent professional qualification

Due to the nature of the position SC Clearance is required