Category Manager

Parity Professionals
45000.00 GBP Annual + Benefits
14 Feb 2017
17 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Category Manager - Utilities

Cambridgeshire. GBP45k + Benefits.

Category Manager required to join a well established asset management team within a Nationwide Utilities company. The successful candidate will be a firm ambassador for the business with regards to category management, as well as promoting sourcing processes and procedures. You will own, implement and ensure effective continuation of cross-functional collaborative category councils and own, create and manage category strategies and implementation, and inform with the Supply Chain Operation Manager develop the appropriate sourcing strategies.

Role profile

Strategic Category Management

  • Create, develop and maintain strategic category plans for designated category group(s).
  • Ensure there is a clear understanding of business objectives for designated categories.
  • Ensure spend profile is determined and managed for all designated categories.
  • Accomplish extensive market knowledge for designated categories including suppliers, products, and technologies, trends, key drivers etc.
  • Understand the full life cycle of the processes which use the products and services within designated category(s).
  • Ensure integration of the business objectives/needs and market intelligence is used to identify appropriate value levers (the winning hand) and opportunities.
  • Understand and prioritise opportunities identified from category plans into the sourcing plan.
  • Ensure strategic strategies plans are developed for categories.

Cross-functional Category Councils

  • Implement Category Councils with that drive cross-functional collaboration.
  • Identify synergies with other Category Managers across categories and delivery routes to achieve effective sourcing opportunities.
  • Raise awareness of supply chain risk and its impact on the overall business.
  • Achieve collaboration by establishing mutually beneficial relationships (Win-Win) between two or more teams/stakeholders/partners.
  • Ensure solutions are achieved that balance the business and category objectives jointly.
  • Establish clear accountability and responsibilities within the Councils.
  • Create an environment of trust and openness.
  • Ensure there is category strategy and management support where appropriate.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure Health and Safety is paramount at all times
  • Actively promote and achieve Health and Safety objectives
  • Discuss and share Health and Safety issues with manager and team.

Skills and experience required

  • Educated to degree level in Procurement (Preferred)
  • CIPS Professional standard and membership
  • Experience in senior procurement/sourcing role.
  • Working knowledge of European Procurement & other relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of Utility Operations
  • Analytical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Commercial acumen
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Excellent stakeholder management and influencing skills
  • Experience in strategic category management or relevant knowledge within a Product/Portfolio Management role
  • Basic level (minimum) knowledge of key Microsoft business packages including excel, word and PowerPoint

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