IT Category Manager
IT Category Manager
A change to a more
strategic approach to Cost and Value has left Hastings Direct looking for a
bright, ambitious and commercially aware procurement professional to join the
team as an IT Category Manager.
want to be the biggest and best digital insurer, and technology plays a big
part in our future plans. This is a great opportunity to impact the procurement
function in a tangible way, as well as having the autonomy to drive the long
If you enjoy the
challenge of complex procurement projects, giving you exposure to a variety of
senior stakeholders, in a fast paced dynamic company, please get in touch.
Working across a wide range of Hastings Direct procurement
categories to deliver high value or medium to high risk procurement projects.
The role holder will be working at all levels in business up to Executive level
in managing the end to end procurement process on their assigned
initiatives. In addition the role will
be responsible for establishing preferred supplier lists, improved procurement
self-serve capability and supporting the embedding of a more efficient and
robust process for the future.
Working across a range of categories, run
procurement end to end activities (request for information and / or Proposal,
negotiation, due diligence etc. through to contract signing) for mid/ high
value spend (£50k+).
Agree and deliver against target signing dates,
ensuring all aspects of procurement including due diligence have been completed,
prioritising appropriately and ensuring that proportional effort is applied to
each contract to deliver excellent
results in an acceptable timeframe.
Liaise with legal to support business owners in
a smooth contracting process, with key clauses and outcomes clearly understood.
Identify opportunities for procurement to drive
increased value and deliver upon those opportunities.
Build a strong partnership with business leads,
ensuring early engagement, making the process easy for them, with clear inputs,
deliverables and acceptable turnaround times for completion of procurement
Skills Knowledge & Experience
At least 4-5 years in a
CIPS qualified, or working
towards CIPS qualification.
presentation and influencing skills.
Highly organised, and able
to manage multiple projects at a time whilst consistently paying attention
Happy with change and
willing to contribute new ideas.
Benefits for you
Please find some of
the great benefits we offer here at Hastings Direct;
Competitive basic salary which we will share
with you upon shortlisting, but do feel free to email the Recruitment team for
more details in advance of your application -
1-2 days working from home
Car allowance of £5,000
Up to 10% bonus earning potential
27 days holiday
Flexible benefits - buy or sell holidays
Discounted Hastings Direct products
A friendly, dynamic and flexible environment
with a test-and-learn culture
Structured career path that rewards achievements
and solid performance
Broad exposure to senior management and ability
to contribute to real change
Great environment to practice existing skills
and learn new ones
Hastings Group is an
equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome
applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age,
race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation,
gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a
thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks.
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