Category Manager

Procurement Heads is currently working with a major utilities provider which is seeking to recruit an experienced Category Manager.

Procurement Heads is currently working with a major utilities provider which is undergoing significant growth within their procurement and supply chain department and is seeking to recruit an experienced Category Manager, who will support, develop and implement bespoke strategies across both gas and corporate categories.

Following the initial spend profile analysis, covering £500m per annum of third-party spend, you will have the autonomy to use your initiative to identify and deliver industry-leading procurement strategies, which will support the delivery of our regulated and not regulated business ambitions.  
As Category Manager your key responsibilities will be:

  • You will be responsible for managing and delivering the execution of various strategic services.
  • Demonstrate value leadership, customer service and innovation, to support our vision of becoming a world-class procurement function.
  • Strategy development and effective sourcing execution,
  • Delivery of departmental KPIs and objectives such as savings in the total cost of ownership, value engineering and driving an improved safety performance across the supply chain.
  • Monitor supplier performance through building supplier relationships, developing robust and agile contract arrangements
  • Interface with stakeholders to determine future third-party spend to develop accurate forecasting of contract renewals
  • Deliver and mould new category management approaches, across specified portfolios of spend, ensuring compliance, driving efficiencies, mitigating supply risks and driving down the total cost of ownership to the organisation
  • Lead or manage other procurement specialists to deliver sourcing activities in support of category plans

Qualifications and experience:

  • Degree educated or equivalent in procurement, business, finance or related discipline
  • Experience in a procurement environment, specifically being able to demonstrate the delivery of successful category strategies
  • Spend analytical skills to interpret spend profiles to identify alternative and value-added opportunities
  • Highly numerate along with highly developed contract/scope drafting and writing skills, ideally with experience gained through interpreting and negotiating complex contracts
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, under pressure while still delivering quality output and prioritise requirements where necessary. A keen eye for detail is a must as well as the ability to work methodically through a demanding workload

Benefits of the Category Manager role include:

  • £55,000 per annum
  • 25 days holiday
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexible working