Category Manager – Indirects | FTSE 100 brand | North Hampshire

We have been asked to support a brand of a FTSE 100 operating in North Hampshire on a Category Manager role for Indirects.

We have been asked to support a brand of a FTSE 100 operating in North Hampshire on a Category Manager role for Indirects. Reporting to the Global Category Leader – Indirects, this role is to support a maternity cover for a period of 15 months and would suit a seasoned indirects generalist or someone who is wanting to take the next step up in their career and gain exposure across a broad range of categories.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Procurement team as it embarks on a journey of building a high performing team, who through collaboration with their business partners find new ways to maximise their contribution to the five-year plan.

Covid-19 has not had an impact on the business as the product remains in high demand. The commitment from the business has been to not furlough anybody or reduce headcount which is a really positive sign in this climate.

You will need to be able to start the role on Monday 1st June.

This role is part of the Global Indirect Procurement team with a spend profile of £200m and is responsible for developing expert knowledge in designing and implementing effective strategies to maximise value for money, manage risk; and drive innovation across a variety of categories of spend which includes; Capital expenditure, Facilities Management, MRO parts and Services, Fuel and Utilities, Quality assurance services, Marketing, HR Services and I.T and Telecoms.

The role acts as a Procurement partner with the UK factory and the head office functions, to find the optimal solutions at the right price. This involves conducting in-depth analysis of the internal situation and the external market, identifying, assessing and mitigating risks; and ensuring the suppliers deliver on their promises. The role will lead the preparation for, and through the use of e-sourcing tools execution of, tenders including commercial and contract negotiations and supplier relationship management. The role will also keep up to date on what is happening in the market, to enable the timely response to changes.

The role involves collaboration across various levels and departments within the business, as well as external parties, working with stakeholders to achieve common goals. 

This role will be working in a matrix organisation structure, which means the role will report through a solid line into the Global Category Leader Indirects and through a dotted line into the Global Category Leader Capex and Spares; and the Regional Category Leader for Marketing and Media.

The role will involve collaboration with the Manufacturing, Facilities Management, Finance, Marketing, HR and I.S&T; and the wider Global Indirect Procurement team and suppliers on a daily basis.

As Category Manager – Indirects, your key responsibilities will be:

  • Develops and retains an expert knowledge of supplier marketplace for different categories of spend, to ensure credibility with stakeholders.
  • Develops an in-depth understand of the business requirements (assurance of supply, quality, service, cost and innovation) for each of the categories.
  • Forms and leads cross functional teams to manage the delivery of the sourcing strategy.
  • Leads the preparation for and execution of commercial and contract negotiations.
  • Knowledge of Contract law and works with the legal team to ensure all commercial and legal risks are mitigated through appropriate commercial and legal clauses, in Contracts.
  • Engages stakeholders at all levels to ensure support on recommended sourcing strategy.
  • Not afraid to challenge, where appropriate and in a constructive manner, stakeholders.
  • Manages conflicting objectives of different stakeholders to find the best solution.
  • Looks to other internal customers, business units, other companies and other industries for ideas.

Skills and experience:

The successful candidate will be a graduate or equivalent, who is qualified by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, with a proven track record of working in Indirect Procurement and is likely to have:

  • A minimum of 12 months experience in use of the Category Management process.
  • Indirects category knowledge including. Capital expenditure.
  • MCIPS qualification
  • Experience of using SAP, although it is not essential

The candidate will:

  • Be experienced in the end to end Procurement process
  • Possess an understanding of Contract law
  • Possess strong analytical and negotiations skills both with stakeholders and suppliers, with a strong attention to detail
  • Be experienced in developing, maintain and managing credible and beneficial stakeholder relationships
  • Possess excellent communication and influencing skills
  • Be a team player with a proactive, flexible and adaptable attitude
  • Be able to manage ambiguity, while working in a fluid organisational environment
  • Be able to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously

Benefits of the Category Manager – Indirects include:

  • 50k base
  • 25 days holiday (ability to buy and sell)
  • PMI
  • Health cash plan
  • Dental Cover
  • Bonus

How to apply:

To discuss the Category Manager – Indirects in more depth please contact Hayley Packham at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7780 043157. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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