Category Manager – IT

Procurement Heads Industrial practice has been retained by National Gas to recruit two Category Managers for IT.

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 Category Managers for IT role will be responsible for setting category strategy, supporting strategic sourcing and supplier performance management activities for assigned spend categories as set by the Principal Category Manager – Indirects & IT.
As Category Manager – IT your key responsibilities will be:

  • Developing category and sourcing strategies for higher value, higher complexity categories, applying analysis of relevant category data, and internal & external insight
  • Managing assigned categories and the delivery of sourcing projects with associated savings and other benefits
  • Leading higher value / higher complexity sourcing projects within scope of the assigned categories.
  • Supporting organisation-wide procedures for governance, risk and compliance management that manage, mitigate and minimise risks to National Gas
  • Ensuring that work carried out within the Sourcing & Contract Management Hub is aligned to category strategy
  • Acquire, maintain and develop expertise, knowledge and information to support continuous improvement in allocated categories from relevant internal and external sources

Skills and experience:

  • Experience and an excellent track record as a strategic sourcing or procurement professional including a track record of continuous improvement and delivery of results in a variety of commercial settings
  • Good understanding and experience of key practices in procurement / strategic sourcing (e.g. category spend analysis, sourcing processes and supplier management)
  • Demonstrates good level of knowledge, specifically in reference to the categories of spend under management and what compliance and regulatory requirements need to be fulfilled in National Gas
  • Demonstrates relevant category expertise and / or evidences transferrable skills across category areas
  • Experience in personally conducting procurement activities, including requirement definition, sourcing planning, supplier management and competitive bidding, in line with the agreed strategy for the relevant categories of spend

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