Senior Category Manager, Utilities & Energy

This industry was heavily affected by the pandemic, but has bounced back significantly and is embarking on a bold transformation and expansion programme.

Procurement has been at the forefront of driving supply-chain value over the last few years, whether it’s been rightsizing operational services during Covid or driving the sector’s carbon zero agenda.

There has never been a better time to join this company as it builds back stronger and better.

As Senior Category Manager, reporting to the Category Lead, you will work closely with business stakeholders to create and execute short and long-term category and sourcing strategies across business Energy, Utilities and Sustainability Categories. 

This is a critical area of the business and this position will be instrumental in achieving the company’s carbon net zero targets. In light of this, you will not only need a strong understanding of energy markets, but exceptional business parenting skills to juggle a diverse group of senior stakeholders.

As Senior Category Manager you will be responsible for:

  • Manage their category strategic sourcing activities for large value, highly technical and complex spend areas which align with the business and the broader business/market strategies
  • Manage their category pipeline of Operational procurement activities.
  • Operate within the governance process and produce any required documentation to progress the sourcing of services or goods.
  • Challenge business plans and strategy documents to ensure robustness of approach that maximises commercial opportunity and mitigates risk for each relevant endeavour
  • Administer and abide by a robust contract management process to realise maximum benefit from the sourcing activity while driving a behavioural safety agenda
  • Work closely across the procurement team(s) with peers, leaders and stakeholders to drive collaboration and share best practice for synergies across common categories driving value add activities
  • Collaborate, influence and champion close stakeholder relationships to drive governance through the SRM process. Proactively engage teams, peers, leaders and stakeholders across the business to align to both procurement strategy and governance for delivery of business objectives

Essential skills:

  • Excellent understanding of the Energy markets, terminology and energy supply contracts and UK energy infrastructure
  • Experience in managing team(s) and influencing peers and stakeholders

Benefits: 

  • £68,000
  • £4k Car Allowance
  • Up to 25% bonus
  • Private Medical 
  • Extremely competitive pension match (12% employer, 8% employee)
  • Life assurance
  • A suite of other benefits available

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