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Category Manager - IT

Posted 23 February by Robert Walters Easy Apply Ended

A market leading insurance provider is currently recruiting a Category Manager - IT for their Birmingham operation. Paying £40-£50k and 10% annual bonus.

A market leading insurance provider is currently recruiting a Category Manager - IT for their Birmingham operation. Paying £40-£50k and 10% annual bonus.

Key Responsibilities of Category Manager - IT:

  • Undertake category management activities for a number of categories including Information Technology with the goal of achieving significant cost reductions, while improving service to stakeholders and retaining continuity of supply.
  • Influence stakeholders in strategic sourcing best practices to capture real savings while making effective and timely supply base decisions.
  • Drive continuous operational improvement, mitigate identified risks, and contribute to developing and governing the Commercial Partnership teams sourcing & procurement policy, controls and processes.
  • Support project and transactional activities as required and ensure Commercial Partnerships provides adequate support and oversight to optimise the commercial aspects of the desired management actions and outcomes
  • Foster robust working relationships across the group to develop, implement and maintain appropriate Category Strategies, working closely to enhance value to Phoenix from effective and sustainable supply relationships.
  • Maintain and refresh existing sourcing strategies for a portfolio of spend categories and suppliers including Information Technology.
  • Use supply market tools and intelligence to present a complete picture of the category and to support the due diligence process for new suppliers to optimise outcomes for the business
  • Identifying, prioritising and implementing a pipeline of cost saving/value enhancing opportunities within the categories
  • Negotiating and implementing appropriate agreements (including Frameworks & Schedules) so that the agreement accurately reflects the required outcomes
  • Identify and escalate supply risks to ensure continuity of supply

Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required:

  • Demonstrate purchasing experience some of which has been in IT Category Management (desirable), preferably (not essential) in a Financial Services environment
  • contract negotiation including implementation, amendments, extensions, disputes
  • Working in a highly regulated environment
  • Understanding risk management practices, clearly identifying risk mitigation actions
  • Proven experience of developing category and supplier strategies
  • Extensive technical knowledge of Procurement and Finance systems
  • Ability to deliver results to target as an individual and within a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-moving dynamic financial environment.
  • Managing to a tight budget and deadlines
  • Significant contract law knowledge
  • Exemplary communication and negotiation skills
  • The ability to lead/participate in cross-functional and/or virtual teams
  • Possess high levels of commercial acumen
  • Ability to work on multiple projects
  • Key to success are advanced skills in analysis/synthesis in the application of a range of commercial models, with a focus on driving value to stakeholders.

Reference: 34542753

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