Strategic Category Manager - Birmingham - Travel required (2-3 days per week)

Posted 11 May by RHB Recruitment
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Strategic Category Manager
Permanent / Full Time
Location: Birmingham
Salary: Basic Salary £67,500- £87,500 Plus Package

Travel required (2-3 days per week)

Company Summary

We are looking for a specialist lead for procurement delivery who will work alongside the Head of Procurement providing expert knowledge across high-risk categories, enabling our client to deliver its vision through increased commercial support.

As a Strategic Category Manager, you will be experienced in developing cross-cutting category strategies for business and category areas, providing deep category insight across specialised areas of spend to ensure our client is able to maximise value and outcomes. You will deliver 1-to-5-year procurement pipelines, enabling the design of work packages, working across the departments to ensure that category strategies and plans are aligned to the commercial strategies and maximise the organisation's buying position, whilst contributing to and delivering our clients strategic objectives.

You will be part of the team which moves the organisation from a reactive to a proactive procurement service, adding value and insight. A strong, credible relationship builder with demonstrable interpersonal skills, you will build and develop trusted relationships at a senior level across the organisation. You will interact with key senior stakeholders to provide strategic insights on business needs and develop and deliver innovative and fit for purpose contracting and negotiation strategies. Using your experience of achieving enhanced value for money, social value, risk management, innovation, and sustainable supplier relationships through negotiations pre and post award of contracts, you will direct and lead the research and analysis of market trends and best practice. This will ensure procurement strategies and approaches are current, risks are identified, and governance frameworks are effective, and insight is gained through the analysis of costs, benefits, and supply markets.

You will also play an important role in delivering effective framework agreements to our clients Operational teams, by tendering for goods, materials and services, taking into consideration price, quality and delivery, whilst always ensuring continuity of supply.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up Framework agreements for services and goods, in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets
  • Provide an exemplary customer experience of advice and guidance
  • Ensure continuous supply of services and goods and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on business operations
  • Monitor market trends and market suppliers
  • Research, analyse and evaluate areas of opportunity to reduce costs
  • Develop creative and innovative procurement processes
  • Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business units performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement
  • Negotiate framework agreements and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilising negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and support performance improvement activities
  • Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships
  • Explore alternate sources for goods and materials
  • Assess tenders and quotations from potential suppliers
  • Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery, or invoice issues
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate, and engage with stakeholders and suppliers regarding new projects, supplies and initiatives and advise of impact of change on purchasing and operational processes
  • Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of essential services and goods and advise others of any impact
  • Highlight issues or concerns, when there is a risk which could prevent the organisation meeting customer demands
  • Build, maintain and manage supplier relationships and ensure transparent open lines of communication
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with Operational teams and the Group functions; Commercial, Work Winning, and IT
  • Work, as a key member of the Supply Chain and procurement Services function to the direction and objectives set out in the Supply Chain strategy
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate, and engage with stakeholders and suppliers regarding new projects, supplies and initiatives and advise of impact of change on purchasing and operational processes
  • Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials and advise others of any impact
  • Highlight issues or concerns, when there is a risk which could prevent the organisation meeting customer demands
  • Build, maintain and manage supplier relationships and ensure transparent open lines of communication
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with Operational teams and the Group functions

Skills, Attributes & Experience

Extensive category management experience is essential, that includes contract and supplier management ideally within the utilities or construction sectors. We are also keen to receive applications from those that are CIPS accredited and can demonstrate where they have reduced costs and built effective & productive relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers.

Commercial awareness, computer literacy and attention to detail are a pre-requisite, as is being a great communicator, negotiator, and collaborator.

Required skills

  • Commercial Management
  • Procurement

Reference: 42682504

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