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Category Manager

Industry SectorEngineering, Manufacturing, Public Sector & Not For Profit, Retail, Services
Salary£40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Town/CityKing's Lynn, Norfolk
LocationsAnglia, East Midlands, London, South East (Excl London)
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted15 January 2018

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About the role

This is an exciting time to join a business which has ambitious and stretching targets for expansion over the next 5 years and beyond. The role of Category Manager in Bespak’s procurement organisation is a key supporting role in delivering value through effective procurement, strategic category plans and procurement principals. This is a dynamic, portfolio focussed role for major capital equipment spend, and strong networking skills will be required to deliver across multiple business functions.

Working closely with engineers and project managers to enable best procurement practice and manage a complex supply base, you will be involved in some of the most important spend decisions the business is making. Strong relationship building is also key in managing suppliers and ensuring Bespak has the best partners to deliver its growth targets and expansion vision.

About you

You will be a self-starter, able to work on your own initiative but also a strong team player and driver of change. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate sound commercial decision making, effective and successful negotiation skills, as well as understanding how to increase the value that suppliers can bring.

Experienced in category management techniques and with a good understanding of P2P processes you will be able to proactively engage stakeholders, anticipate and manage business needs as well as challenge the status quo. Able to work under pressure in a fast moving environment with the ability to influence key stakeholders and senior management where appropriate, you will be able to understand complex contracts and implement best practice procurement processes across your portfolio.

You will be a driver of key performance measures and lead strategic supplier governance to deliver and exceed business requirements, using value lever techniques to enhance supplier and internal performance.  You will have expert ability with Microsoft Office and be able to prepare and deliver credible and engaging presentations to internal and external audiences.

Engineering, technical expertise or a manufacturing background  would be a distinct advantage, as would a CIPS qualification and/ or an HNC/ Degree in a business related subject. More importantly, you will demonstrate good decision making in your previous roles as well as competency in understanding people and increasing value through improved processes and continued improvements to ways of working.

What we offer at Bespak

Above all, you can expect a safe, modern, friendly and collaborative working environment. We regularly benchmark ourselves against our industry and we are confident that we offer a competitive salary and benefits packages to all our colleagues.

·        28 days’ annual leave plus statutory holidays

·        A defined contribution company pension scheme (complete with employer contribution of 8%)

·        Private health insurance

·        Healthcare scheme

·        Life assurance (equivalent to four times your salary)

·        Income protection scheme

·        Save As You Earn (SAYE) scheme

·        Cycle-to-work scheme

·        Childcare vouchers

·        All-employee share incentive scheme

·        Confidential legal, health and counselling service

We want to provide an environment where our colleagues play an active part in the growth of our business. A challenging but supportive environment where talented people can really grow and take advantage of a wide range of diverse opportunities that we offer.


About Bespak

We are a global market leader in the development and manufacture of drug delivery devices. We provide pharmaceutical companies around the world with inhaler and auto-injector technologies and development and manufacturing services.

Bespak is the name behind some of the most widely used and trusted inhalation devices in the world. Every second over 1,000 people use one of our devices to help them breathe. And it is our 800 colleagues based in King’s Lynn, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Cambridge who ensure that this doesn’t change. These teams ensure that we continue to manufacture around 560 million devices each year while still developing new and innovative drug delivery systems.

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