Senior Category Manager, IT

With a newly appointed CPO, this organisation is going to be embarking on a transformation journey and your role will be to implement and roll out the new strategy to right-size this unique organisation for the future. Based out of Reading, your role will be to lead the Infrastructure and Software spend and a team of 6.

Your key responsibilities will include:
  • Build, develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships across all Divisions at a senior level (Board Director and Senior Leadership) Ensure that communication of activities and benefits is undertaken on a continual basis using the most appropriate medium.
  • Design, build, execute and maintain the overall assigned category strategy including a prioritised set of procurement opportunities, sourcing & negotiation strategies which together deliver sustainable benefits and competitive advantage. Lead negotiations with assigned key suppliers.
  • Agree priorities with Divisional stakeholders as part of the Business Plan process and incorporate these into the category strategy and Procurement Activity
  • Ensure the category is recognised as a centre of excellence for specific areas, providing up-to-date market
  • Play an effective and influential role within the Procurement Dept supporting the strategy and change plans, ensuring excellent deployment.
  • Manage relationships with assigned key suppliers to secure “Customer of Choice” status and leverage access to advantageous products, services or support
  • Line management, development and coaching of direct and indirect report(s). Responsible for recruitment and on boarding of new reports.
Ideally you will have the following experience:
  • Extensive IT Category Management experience (across a range of IT sub-categories, including Services, Infrastructure, and Software). This will include SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS procurement
  • Significant experience of working with Tier 1 suppliers such as IBM, Cognizant, Oracle, Google, Microsoft,
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills (demonstrated at CIO and Director Level)
  • Significant sourcing planning, execution, negotiation and implementation experience

If you’re a proven leader with extensive IT category management experience, then this amazing culture and high-profile transformation could be just the challenge you need. Email Sam on or call 01962 869 838 for a confidential chat.

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