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Category Manager - IT

RecruiterBarclay Meade
Industry SectorCharities & Not For Profit, Finance, Banking & Insurance, Healthcare & Education, IT & Technology, Local & Central Government, Non-Grocery, Public Sector & Not For Profit, Retail, Services
Salary£50,000 to £65,000 per annum
LocationsSouth East (Excl London), Surrey
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted07 August 2017

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Barclay Meade are working with a financial solutions company based in Reigate, in order to find assist with the recruitment of an Indirect Category manager / Senior Buyer.

The position of IT Category Manager / Indirect Senior Buyer would be ideal for someone holding MCIPS, along with a strong knowledge of indirect categories and an eagerness to get involved in managing the entire Asset Management process within a financial solutions organisation.

Location - Reigate - Surrey

Salary - Up to £65,000 - some flexibility on this

Key responsibilities for the IT Category Manager / Indirect Senior Buyer -

- To oversee the Asset and Configuration function within IT Governance, responsible for:-
- Managing all purchasing and financial management processes and policies for IT hardware, software and services
- Managing all data within the hardware and software Asset Register, ensuring it is accurate, current and to a required level of detail
- Establishing and evolving a CMDB
- Supporting third party onboarding and subsequent ongoing relationships. Ensuring IT contracts adhere to IT policies and are appropriately reviewed and recorded, providing recommendations to assist decision making
- Ensuring legal compliance and optimum utilisation and return on investment across the IT infrastructure
- Role Accountabilities
- Line and task manage the IT Team Assistants, adhering to defined performance management standards
- Manage the procurement of IT hardware, software and services, including the raising of purchase orders, tracking/reconciliation of invoice payments and accruals and maintenance of a preferred suppliers list
- Create and maintain the annual non-staff and staff budgets. Comprehensively track and report expenditure against these budgets throughout the financial year, providing regular forecasts
- Operate the Software Request and Third Party Onboarding processes
- Build and maintain effective relationships with 3rd party suppliers, vendors, resellers and service providers, managing all commercial aspects
- Facilitate and engage in contractual negotiations, make recommendations and advise on existing and (potential) future liabilities
- Own the Asset Management process, ensuring adherence and accuracy of information recorded
- Establish a CMDB and continually improve it to support the evolving requirements of other functions
- Ensure compliance to software licensing terms and conditions
- Oversee all contract, license and certificate renewals in a timely manner
- Oversee general IT administration duties and the specific tasks involved (e.g. overtime recording, expense claims etc.)
- Produce MI as required to support business decisions

Key skills/experience required for the position of IT Category Manager / Indirect Senior Buyer -

- Ideally have a degree or professional equivalent
- Would benefit from a procurement qualification such as CIPS
- Influencing and negotiation skills;
- Excellent problem analysis and resolution skills;
- Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to present complex financial concepts in a clear and concise manner;
- Understanding of commercial business processes within an IT environment;
- Knowledge of FAST rules and procedures
- Excellent understanding of generic software licensing models, terms of use and legal implications
- Must have performed a similar role in a regulated environment, preferably in financial services
- Previous experience of managing and operating a procurement function
- Experience of implementing Configuration Management to underpin other functions within IT (e.g. Change Management)
- Financial budgeting and reporting of IT departmental costs
- Third party relationship management
- Experience of working with Microsoft and negotiating Enterprise level agreements

If you are interested in a new challenge, and have a background of working within Indirect Buying / Purchasing / Category Management within a financial solutions company, then please apply below.

To apply for this position, candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK

Barclay Meade acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers and is part of Gattaca Plc.

Gattaca Plc provides support services to Barclay Meade and may assist with processing your application.

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Recruiter: Barclay Meade
Tel: 0843 208 1255
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