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Procurement Category Manager

Procurement Category Manager

  • Location:

    Reading, Berkshire

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  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

  • Salary:

    Up to £0.00 per annum + Negotiable

  • Contact:

    Janet Mottram

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

  • Duration:

    3 Months

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An exciting opportunity for a Category Manager has arisen within a Category Management procurement function of one of our prestigious clients.

You will be joining a large Procurement function within the business which consists of 200+ Procurement professionals. This role sits within the Indirect Procurement team and reports into the Head of Procurement for ITS

As the Category Manager for IT Hardware Solutions you will lead the strategic sourcing activities with c. £50M commitment per annum covering IT Hardware, peripherals and Industrial IT Equipment. The successful candidate will work closely with key stakeholders across the business to ultimately deliver a service which meets stakeholder expectations and deliver successful outcomes for the business

Your responsibilities

* Manage all aspects of IT Hardware Solutions and be accountable for the overall performance and compliance within the UK
* Ensure delivery and alignment of the global strategy within the UK
* Manage all aspects of the Procurement cycle including determining sourcing options, major/complex tender process and obtain low value quotes, cost benchmarking, evaluation of Supplier tenders and contract drafting
* Work collaboratively within the Category to optimise synergies and opportunities across the Business and globally for internal and external needs and manage associated nuances
* Deliver tangible business and financial benefits in line with UK and global objectives, and record and report savings to the UK Cost Benefit Board
* Act as Category lead within business led bid and project activity and attend Work Package kick-off meetings
* Deploy Category Management techniques to drive desired outcomes in accordance with strategy
* Manage a network of business and functional stakeholders in the UK and globally including the TGS Procurement team
* Ensure appropriate Supplier Relationship Management and Performance Management techniques are employed to improve performance, mitigate risk and capture innovation from suppliers
* Analyse complex and sometimes incomplete information to create an easy to communicate short-medium and long term solution. Support technical discussions when required
* Ensure relevant governance is complied with including the Business Procurement 'Gate' review process, Delegation of Authority and Purchase Order approval
* Deliver weekly and monthly Category and Supplier performance reports
* Support improvement to capability and competencies to enhance the development of the Category/team/function.

Skills, experience and qualifications

* Broad range of Commercial and Procurement management skills and a track record of success
* Proven Track record of deploying Category Management techniques to define long term supply policies
* Commercially astute with advanced negotiation skills and experience including differing contracting models
* Must be able to use an analytical and inclusive approach to solve problems
* Advanced negotiation, communication and listening skills essential
* Convincing written and oral communication and presentation skills
* Ability to work within a network, sharing experiences and knowledge
* Displays passion, energy, drive, agility and resilience in achieving ambitious targets under difficult circumstances and responds positively to setbacks
* Command of contemporary purchasing techniques
* Experience of e-procurement tools


* 5 years Procurement experience of the IT Hardware COTs & IT Industrial Equipment Category gained within a large blue chip organisation
* Working towards CIPS or MCIPS qualified
* Technical curiosity/engineering background
* Knowledge and experience of the full product lifecycle.
* Business or Engineering degree, or equivalent
* Professional qualification in related disciplines

Recognising the restricted nature of the work there is a requirement for the candidate to be eligible to obtain Security Clearance for this role.

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