Category Manager – Asset Maintenance

Procurement Heads Industrial practice has been retained by National Gas to recruit a Category Manager for Asset Maintenance.

National Gas are proud of the role they play at the heart of Britain’s energy system. Their skilled colleagues bring gas to around 23m homes and over 200,000 businesses, including heavy industries and power stations that keep the lights on, all whilst enabling the transition of our network to hydrogen.

To support this transition Procurement is changing. A new operating model is being implemented that will place business partnering, supplier relationships, efficiency & value at the centre of what National Gas do and what they stand for.
Procurement will be leading the way pioneering towards UK net zero.
The primary function of the Category Manager for Asset Maintenance will be responsible for building the category strategy, leading strategic sourcing, strategic contract management and supplier relationship management activities for a wide range of operational spend areas.
As Category Manager – Asset Maintenance your key responsibilities will be:

  • Developing and maintaining Category Strategies aligned to business goals with a focus on delivering value for National Gas, supply chain and our customers.  
  • Acquire, maintain and develop expertise, knowledge and information to support continuous improvement in category performance from relevant internal and external sources 
  • Delivering a diverse range of initiatives from your Category Strategy working collaboratively within business and supplier stakeholders to drive great value, continuous improvement, and innovation.
  • Managing assigned categories and the delivering sourcing projects with associated savings and other benefits including quality, cost, security, social value and sustainability. 
  • Leading higher value / higher complexity sourcing projects within scope of the Asset Maintenance category.
  • Supporting organisation-wide procedures for governance, risk and compliance management that manage, mitigate, and minimise risks to National Gas
  • Working closely with the Sourcing & Contract Management Hub and ensure the work that they deliver to support the Category is aligned to the strategy set by the Category Manager. 
  • In conjunction with the Procurement Business Partners, engage with the stakeholders to plan future activity (including supporting the build of the annual value plan).

Skills and experience:

  • Experience and an excellent track record in category management, strategic sourcing or as a procurement professional including a track record of continuous improvement and delivery of results in a variety of commercial settings
  • Demonstrates good level of knowledge, specifically in reference to services and products purchasing processes (ideally but necessarily associated with an engineering environment)
    • Experience in personally conducting category activities, including analysis, requirements definition, sourcing planning, supplier management and competitive tendering, in line with the agreed strategy
  • Strategic sourcing process management and supplier performance management – advanced
  • Awareness of Utilities Contract Regulations, or compliance and regulatory requirements need to be fulfilled by a procurement function, would be helpful.

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