Category Manager (FM & IT) | Charitable Organisation | Oxfordshire

A leading not-for-profit charitable organisation in Oxfordshire is looking to appoint a Category Manager to join its growing team to look after contingent labour, IT and facilities management; new categories for this organisation.

This is a great opportunity to further your career and is a new role reporting into the Head of Procurement. It’s not quite greenfield but not far off it, so you will need to be confident in leading change and building relationships with senior stakeholders

As Category Manager (FM & IT) your key responsibilities will be:

  • Drives implementation of and continually reviews procurement strategy with key stakeholders thereby ensuring alignment with business direction
  • Develops relevant supplier relationships that will aid the delivery of strategy, drive innovation, continual improvement and best practice.
  • Maximises the ROI on the spend with third parties
  • Ensures, via collaboration with the business and through project execution, that agreed project targets are delivered to time and budget
  • Challenges stakeholder requirements and educates stakeholders on the supply base and the market in order to drive maximum benefit and preferred supplier compliance
  • Works with the business/key stakeholders in promoting and delivering effective contract and supplier management practices
  • Manages risks and ensures value for money through effective negotiations and putting in place appropriate contractual relationships

Skills and experience required for the Category Manager (FM and IT) role:

  • Solid experience of commercial negotiations
  • Minimum 6 years’ experience in the development, drafting, structuring, negotiating and managing of supplier contracts
  • The ability to financially evaluate proposals from a cost and risk perspective together with the preparation of business justifications recommending actions to be taken re business proposals
  • Experience in supplier evaluations
  • A deep understanding of the market and supply base in relation to the categories of spend under control
  • Contract Management
  • Solid experience in running tender exercises including the completion of tender documentation

In applications we will be looking for:

  • Educated to degree level
  • CIPS or equivalent qualified or qualified by experience with 6-8 + years in procurement and strategic sourcing roles
  • Category Management principles
  • Evaluation and Financial/risk analysis of proposals

Benefits of the Category Manager (FM & IT) role include:

  • £55,000 base salary
  • Generous pension scheme

To discuss the Category Manager (FM and IT) role in more depth please contact Joe Sewell at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7824 045 203| +44 (0) 1962 869838. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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