Category Manager – Marketing & Communications

An ambitious multinational insurance company is hiring a Category Manager to specialise in Marketing & Communications.

Procurement Heads is working with one of the UK’s best-known insurance brands to recruit a Category Manager (Marketing & Communications) to join its UK function on a full-time, permanent basis.

You will manage the spend across sub-categories of digital marketing, digital mail, advertising, public relations, media monitoring and more.

Previous Insurance/Financial experience is not a prerequisite as the business is open to different sector backgrounds. However, previous marketing category experience will be required.

The role is open to any location within the UK and will work as part of a 12-strong Category Management team within the Operations & Reporting team, which itself sits within the UK Procurement & Third-Party Risk function.

The team works with a hybrid model, spending 2 days a week in one of their many UK sites (Bristol, Birmingham, Bolton and London being the main hubs) with the rest spent working from home.

Key responsibilities of the Marketing Category Manager role:

  • Working with internal stakeholders to gather, assess and challenge business requirements
  • Coordinating delivery leading to the establishment of best-in-class, policy, process, and service
  • Building the category strategy when it is not supported by a Global Category Manager and delivering this solution
  • Challenging stakeholders in a manner appropriate to preserve relationships while achieving the right overall commercial result
  • Managing the delivery of the procurement process, policy and procedures in accordance with local and Group requirements
  • Negotiating and implementing contracts and ensuring their compliance with the agreed service, performance, quality and delivery levels
  • Monitoring local suppliers, assessing and improving their performance including delivery against agreed contractual measures and Corporate Responsibility requirements
  • Proactively managing commercial and contractual risk with third-party suppliers
  • Understanding in detail the budget approach, definition, utilization, optimisation and compliance
  • Contributing to Procurement savings and KPI objectives
  • Utilising Procurement tools (including IT) and best practices to increase efficiency and the quality of delivery

Relevant qualifications for the Marketing Category Manager role:

  • 3-5 years of procurement experience
  • CIPS Professional Procurement qualification
  • Educated up to A level, degree preferable

Benefits of the Marketing Category Manager role:

  • £50-70,000 salary
  • Annual company & performance-based bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme (up to 12% employer contribution)
  • Life Assurance (up to 10 x annual salary)
  • 28 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Opportunity to buy up to 5 extra days leave or sell up to 3 days leave