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Procurement/Category Specialist

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  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    Up to £32.50 per hour

  • Contact:

    Janet Mottram

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  • Contact phone:

    0161 707 1516

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  • Published:

    2 months ago

  • Duration:

    11 Months

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An opportunity has arisen for a Procurement/Category Specialist to join the team with our prestigious client

Job Description

Reporting to the Head of Supply Chain the Category Specialist will have responsibility for Value Plan strategy execution across Projects. Objectives for this role will include:

Establishing Business Unit requirements, including those driven by the future bid pipeline

Delivering tangible, bottom-line benefits to the Division

Supporting the delivery of Business Unit strategies through the rigorous management of contract and supplier performance


Category Management
Manages category strategies that maximise value for the business based on understanding of business needs and supply market potential
Execution of the category strategy, including negotiating and contracting with suppliers, evaluating on-going contract and supplier performance and measuring contract compliance


Captures specific business requirements and builds into ITT or RFI documents
Executes sourcing activity using strategic sourcing methodologies in order to put fit-for-purpose supply contracts in place
Accountable for the implementation of pan-divisional contracts so that they can be used in practice by the business units
Where appropriate, supports major bid activity where there is a significant category requirement

Supply Management
Segmenting and managing suppliers within the category

Executing the appropriate strategies to incentivise and engage suppliers and to measure and incentivise their performance
Managing appropriate supplier governance, fed by relevant data and attended by empowered representatives of both organisations

Key Success Criteria

Value delivery in line with agreed targets for the category

Supplier performance that meets operational requirements of the Business Units

Ensuring a strong health, safety and environmental ethos is applied throughout the supply chain

Excellent cross functional stakeholder relationships

Qualifications & Requirements

Education & Professional Qualifications
Qualified to degree level or equivalent
MCIPS or equivalent professional qualifications

Experience & Background

Experienced procurement practitioner with knowledge of current strategic procurement techniques and (c. 5 Years in Sourcing & Procurement)

Knowledge of relevant categories

Experience working in project environments at both biding and delivery phases of life cycle

Proven track record of identifying and delivering procurement savings

Business Skills & Knowledge

High quality communication ability, both written and orally

Highly commercial, with a proven ability to use procurement to unlock value for the business

Delivery focused with a pragmatic, hands-on approach that enables strategies to be fully executed

Ability to operate successfully in dual reporting or matrix organisations

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