Category Manager (CAPEX & MRO) | FMCG | Herts

With a recently-appointed CPO, an ambitious FTSE 250 FMCG organisation has revamped its factories with best-in-class machinery and is now looking to appoint a Category Manager to manage its CAPEX spend and embed an MRO strategy.

Having kicked off the implementation of Procurement 2.0 earlier this year, you will report into the CPO’s second-in-command and have experience driving solid control processes and compliance. 

Your role will span multi-sites across the UK and require travel on an intermittent basis to meet key stakeholders across the business as you implement MRO strategy.  

As Category Manager (CAPEX & MRO) your key responsibilities will be:

  • Developing and managing category strategies
  • Supplier negotiation, including the development of contracts
  • Delivering benefits including cost avoidance, cost savings and process improvement
  • Developing and implementing an SRM programme for the category
  • Managing a complex set of stakeholders and being the ambassador for Procurement
  • Acting as a point of escalation for resolving supplier performance issues
  • Bringing innovations and insight to the Operational stakeholder group, in support of the Engineering digitisation agenda
  • Adhering to the relevant Purchasing Policies and Processes in force, including following the correct delegation of authority and segregation of duties.

Skills and experience:

  • Good understanding of FMCG manufacturing equipment and systems and supply base
  • Strong category management experience with a track record of delivering significant CAPEX cost avoidance and reducing costs and complexity of MRO
  • Demonstrable cross-functional stakeholder management and influencing skills
  • Good negotiation skills and a willingness to challenge the status quo
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Familiarity with Engineering contract structures eg MF1


  • Working knowledge of SAP (preferably SAP Ariba) and MS suite
  • High level of competency in excel, including familiarity with pivot tables

Benefits of the Category Manager (CAPEX & MRO) role include:

  • £55-60,000
  • 10% bonus
  • Private healthcare
  • Matched pension

How to apply:

To discuss the Category Manager (CAPEX & MRO) role in more depth please contact James Dobbin at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7785 622635 | +44 (0) 1962 869838. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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