IT Category Manager

A global sports brand who, following acquisition, are on a journey of growth and expansion. As the business ventures into new and exciting areas they maintain a positive and supportive culture, where on-going career development is prevalent. As a result of the above this renowned business are seeking an IT Category Manager to join their growing Procurement team.

Responsible for a varied spend category you will be involved in the strategic procurement of various IT hardware, software and other specialist equipment. There is a need to support the wider team across other indirect categories where required, and thus an adaptable individual with proactive nature would suit this position.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage the end to end procurement cycle across a varied IT spend base
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to manage and maintain effective relationships, providing relevant commercial advice and guidance when required
  • Using initiative to identify and deliver sourcing opportunities within the IT category
  • Conduct analysis to further identify how the business can improve their efficiency
  • Collaborate with suppliers to ensure ongoing and effective relationships
  • Lead negotiations with suppliers
  • Support in drafting specifications
  • Contribute to procurement’s supply risk register within assigned category
  • Manage the completion and accuracy of the contracts register for all work in progress projects and contract renewals

Skills and Experience:

We are seeking an experienced Procurement professional with proven experience in managing end to end procurement cycles. It is also essential that the individual has previous exposure to IT categories. Further skills and experience required –

  • Ability to draft and negotiate contracts to meet business objectives
  • Experience of generating fact-based insights through analysis using tools and techniques to provide strategic direction, including competency using Excel / pivot tables
  • Ability to influence and drive change both internally and with the supply chain
  • Excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • Working knowledge of P2P systems
  • MCIPS qualified desirable; as a minimum, must be working towards MCIPS

If you are interested in working in the sports and entertainment industry and want to further progress your category management experience then please do get in touch!

To discuss this role in more depth please contact Sophie Cook at Procurement Heads on 01962 869 838. Sophie is managing this role on an exclusive basis. All enquiries are handled confidentially.

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