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Job Title

Category Manager

RecruiterMichael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Industry SectorOther
Salary£40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Benefits7000 car allowance
LocationsBerkshire, South East (Excl London)
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted09 November 2018

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Category Manager for a niche luxury catering organisation based in Reading. The successful Category Manager will oversee the corporate services category.

Client Details

The client are a luxury catering company based out of Reading. The client cater for the royal family and celebrity events.


  • Designs and implements category strategies that deliver financial and other performance targets such as Cost, Quality, Delivery, Innovation and Risk Management.

  • Ensure that the optimal balance between value for money and cost savings is achieved, while ensuring quality and excellent customer service for CH & Co Group in all Brands.

  • Contribute and support the business in the ongoing development of the purchasing strategy for his/her category through the introduction of leading edge and best practice techniques,

  • Liaise with all stakeholders to communicate on new initiatives and ensure the service given is well received

  • Develop category plans to maximize spend coverage and compliance for CH & Co Group spend

  • Ensure all procurement savings opportunities are identified, investigated and realized where possible

  • Undertakes rigorous business requirements analysis and aligns category strategies to CH & Co Group’s business objectives.

  • Manages large and complex supplier relationships and categories of expenditure.

  • Plans and carries out activities that drive towards Procurement & Supply Chain’s progress toward world class procurement.

  • Develops and maintains detailed supply market knowledge and tools that drive innovative sourcing solutions within their key sub-categories.

  • Develops and implements rigorous contracts for all critical, strategic and preferred suppliers within the category, incorporating service level agreements and continuous improvement targets.

  • Conducts supplier segmentation (critical, strategic, preferred, approved, and operational) and develops, maintains and communicates a preferred supplier and approved product/service list for their agreed categories.

  • Drives supplier and product/service rationalisation through cross-functional reviews with the Procurement Director for UK&E and key stakeholders.

  • Implements appropriate supplier management plans and manages supplier reviews for strategic / critical and preferred suppliers.

  • Leads and facilitates appropriate supplier/cross-functional workshops to seek and implement innovative and value adding ideas and proposals from suppliers.

  • Reports on category level performance metrics and other relevant management information.

  • Conducts procurement activity in accordance with stated ethics, CSR and other procurement and legal policies.

  • Follows and implements appropriate process and policies to support category management e.g. demand challenge, budget planning, benchmarking that ensure improved procurement performance.

  • Demonstrates effective stakeholder management ensuring delivery of commitments to Corporate Shared Services and Local & Regional Government

  • Maintains an effective communication plan detailing stakeholders, supplier contacts, and supplier reviews, cross functional workshops etc.


Valuing Difference: Supports Difference

Works effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations or background.

Empowerment & Delegation: Delegates Responsibility

Effectively and appropriately allocates responsibility to others to maximise the organisation’s and individual’s effectiveness.

Building Talent: Coaching and Developing Others

Sets clear objectives and regularly provides feedback, instruction and developmental guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities.

Resilience: Maintains Composure

Remains calm in uncertain or challenging situations and consistently behaves in a manner that is acceptable to others.

Personal Growth: Demonstrates Self Development

Takes responsibility for one’s own personal impact and development, focusing on increasing self-awareness as well as identifying new areas for learning and professional development and creating learning opportunities.

Job Offer

The successful category manager will be given a salary of £40,000 - £50,000 + a car allowance. There is also a benefits package attached to the role.

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Recruiter: Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
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