Category Manager – Supply Chain

Procurement Heads' Consumer team is recruiting a Category Manager - Supply Chain for a renowned telecoms brand as part of a newly restructured team.

This is a huge organisation that spends an incomparable amount and they have just embarked on a bold transformation programme making it a really exciting time to be joining.

As Category Manager you will be responsible for developing and implementing a category plan to continuously improve supply chain effectiveness across the organisation.

Working alongside the Senior Category Manager you will own warehousing services, returns and repairs for devices, logistics and supply chain; controlling a spend north of 100 million.

There are some major projects already in the pipeline for this individual to sink their teeth into, including but not limited to:

  • Supplier consolidation programme around warehouse services aimed at bringing all services under one umbrella with a master contract
  • Leading on a massive retender for insurance services worth circa 20m

You will be joining a high-performing team and a company that offers a supportive and inclusive culture.

Most importantly you’ll be working alongside some great people that want to see you excel.

And there is also ample opportunity to do so, within the UK&I function and the wider global function there is significant room for progression.

As Category Manager you will be responsible for:

  • Develop and implement the marketing category plan, in alignment with the UK and global stakeholders, that delivers operational requirements, meets budget and savings challenges and mitigates external and internal risks
  • Continually monitor and analyse the relevant supply market to understand best industry practices and ensure that the company is best positioned to maximise its business opportunities and minimise risk
  • Lead the development of specific contract and supplier plans and lead the implantation of the companies sourcing and supplier management process
  • Identify, prioritise and maintain a pipeline of cost-saving opportunities within that category
  • Work regularly with stakeholders at all levels to ensure commercial opportunities are maximised and risk-managed within a dynamic and fast-moving environment
  • Run complex and high-value sourcing activities

Most importantly they need someone who:

  • Has strong commercial acumen and can challenge and push back on current methodologies and ways of thinking
  • Can think outside of the box and bring innovative and fresh ideas
  • Is inquisitive and can ask the right questions
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills to engage with stakeholders at all levels!

As Category Manager you will be rewarded with:

  • Salary of up to £60,000
  • £5,800 car allowance
  • 10% bonus
  • Private medical
  • 25 days leave
  • Flexible benefits package (added extras such as free child care etc)
  • Major discounts on products
  • Discounts on various retail outlets
  • Corporate responsibility programme – (additional 5 days annual leave to be used for volunteer work)