Category Specialist – IT

A leading FTSE 250 Services organisation in the UK is embarking on a significant Procurement transformation project. With a relatively new CPO at the helm, they are wanting to move away from working as separate legal entities and operate under one vision and as a result, standardise how Procurement works within the organisation.

With over 200 offices, this is a major project and will require high calibre individuals to join the business and help drive the overall strategy.

IT spend is high on the agenda in this organisation and you will be responsible for the IT Category of circa £40m across Hardware and Software services. Software licensing experience would be a real advantage.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring supply chain solutions are fit for purpose, aligned to business need and represent lowest total cost, best service, highest quality, ethical & sustainable supply with relevant impactful supply base innovation
  • Conduct rigorous professional sourcing activity, manage data integrity, support and conduct Supplier Relationship Management, undertake bid support and carry out contract mobilisation
  • Work closely with key stakeholders, especially the Strategic Procurement Managers to align procurement plans & delivery with the business requirements they have identified
  • Implement the defined processes and ways of working across six strategic priorities of People, Cost, Technology, Customer, Process & Suppliers
  • Conduct benchmarking, price reviews, market intelligence and supplier audits for procurement

About you:


  • Educated to degree level or with equivalent professional experience
  • A track record in operational procurement delivery working as part of a team
  • The ability to manage multiple tenders and/or procurement projects to deliver business benefits
  • First class interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to influence, challenge and negotiate with wide range of knowledgeable clients, suppliers and colleagues
  • Knowledge of sourcing methodologies, SRM, contracting & negotiation
  • Hands on experience of delivering bottom line cost savings in a complex environment


  • MCIPS qualified, or working towards
  • Been involved in major transformation and change programs within Procurement

This is a fast paced, low margin, customer centric organisation. Nothing is being made and therefore relationship building both internally and externally is essential in order to be successful in this role.

To find out more, please apply with a CV to or call me on 01962 869838

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