Senior Category Manager

A world-leading data and technology organisation, serving government, business and citizens across Britain and the world, is seeking to appoint a Senior Category Manager for their operations and external supply chain division.

This organisation supports efficient public services and infrastructure, new technologies in transport and communications, national security and emergency services. By being at the forefront of their technological capability for more than 200 years, it has built a reputation for being the world’s most trusted partner in its field. It is embarking on  a number of exciting projects so customers can access data in a highly sophisticated way. Through innovative use of the latest technologies, it has the potential and opportunity to significantly improve the lives of millions of people across the globe. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the delivery, grow revenues more widely and build a world-leading digital economy of the future

In this role you will join a growing and changing business and play a key part in ensuring the progressive procurement strategy delivers the business ambition – both in GB and internationally. Yes, they want costs savings, to maximise value and deliver outstanding service across the organisation, but this is also an opportunity to help shape the procurement approach and team, influence the executives and grow business maturity in understanding and addressing commercial risks. In this new role, you will own and manage a diverse set of contracts with an annual value of £19m, from managing the expanding external supply chain as well as getting involved in cutting edge technology projects. As deputy to the Head of Procurement, you will also play a key role in developing and mentoring the wider team – and lead on cross-business initiatives and innovative sourcing solutions that drive success. 

As Senior Category Manager, your key responsibilities include:

Truly knowing all aspects of procurement, you will understand and identify the trends within the market, work with key suppliers and support key stakeholders to deliver value and innovative solutions that will achieve business success. You will influence and give advice to senior level stakeholders, including Directors, to ensure business alignment with overall procurement strategy, and increase business maturity in understanding and managing relevant commercial and operational risks. You will lead on negotiations to ensure the best value and business outcomes are achieved in terms of cost and performance. 

Your analytical and methodical approach will enable you to interpret financial models and analyse market and industry data to develop and implement relevant category strategies which fulfil business strategy. You will confidently be able to articulate and recommend strategic sourcing options, tactics, implementation plans, commercial supply risks, whilst ensuring compliance with all legislative requirements. In summary, you will be influencing the whole end to end process.

The role will be pivotal in ensuring financial savings and performance improvements are made through a strategic and integrated approach to how we manage and work with our suppliers alongside the internal business stakeholders.

You will support the Head of Procurement in developing and leading the team in order to meet the commercial challenges that lie ahead including responding to our changing external environment and supporting international markets. 

What you will need to demonstrate:

  • In depth category management knowledge and managing procurement spend
  • Strong knowledge of procurement and commercial operations, analytics and reporting
  • Maintaining and strengthening existing relationships with key suppliers
  • Experience in a complex environment with a high level of interface with a diverse range of stakeholders and customers
  • Demonstrable influencing and negotiation skills, working with key stakeholders including strategic suppliers
  • An excellent track record in motivating and leading a team
  • Knowledge of SAP
  • MCIPS qualified
  • Public Sector procurement experience – OJEU
  • Identifying and managing commercial and business risks

Benefits of the Senior Category Manager role include:

  • £60,000 base salary
  • 3-5% bonus
  • 25 days holiday
  • Generous pension
  • Flexitime

This is a really varied role with a firm succession plan in place. If you are a strong leader looking for your career to move towards Head of Procurement in 3-5 years, this is the place for you!

To discuss the Senior Category Manager role in more depth please contact Hayley Packham at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7780 043 157 | +44 (0) 1962 869838. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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