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Category Specialist - Convenience Retail (55k)

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Category Specialist - Convenience Retail (55k)

Recruiter1st Executive
Industry SectorNon-Grocery, Retail
LocationsBuckinghamshire, South East (Excl London), Surrey
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted13 October 2017

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Category Specialist - Convenience Retail (55K)

1st Executive are currently recruting for a FTSE 100 business who are looking to recruit a Category Specialist - Convenience Retail (55K) for one of their business units, based in either Milton Keynes or Sunbury- on- Thames.

The Procurement Category Specialist provides dedicated specialist support to the Procurement Category Manager. They are responsible for engaging business stakeholders to understand business priorities and requirements, and to ensure category strategies and implementation align with those needs.

The role will focus on supporting the Procurement Category Manager and Global Procurement Category Director, Retail Convenience across the following areas
  • Supporting the business in the negotiation of Retail Partnerships
  • Sourcing and negotiation support for merchandise for resale – including Supplier Trading Terms, supply chain cost of goods, range reviews, new product developments and Suppler Performance Management.
  • Leveraging innovation in our supply base and partnering with the retail business to identify business opportunities to bring about a step change in their capabilities.

Key Accountabilities:
  • Support the category manager to develop a strong working relationship with the Global Retail Convenience team
  • Support the development of a Supplier Performance Management framework for Strategic Suppliers, across assigned scope.
  • Develop Procurement category strategies for assigned categories, which may be medium complexity categories
  • Coordinate inputs to the development of Procurement category and sourcing strategies i.e. supply market analysis, cost modelling and benchmarking for assigned locations and or portfolios.
  • Support Category Manager in implementation in the appropriate systems, category compliance, contract management
  • Support local contract management, performance reporting and the monitoring and management of compliance
  • Ensure compliance to policies and functional guidelines.
  • Responsible for the development and delivery of annual plans for category and scope.
  • Routinely communicate across key business stakeholders to align the strategic intent of the category strategy and the regional/local business needs.
  • Support category sourcing and supplier negotiations, ensuring application of appropriate procurement methodologies and business approvals through agreed governance structures.
  • Support business in managing contracts through application of standard procurement performance tracking and monitoring processes

Essential Experience
  • Skilled in in sourcing, contracting, supplier management and contract management
  • Knowledge of P2P processes, SAP, Ariba e-sourcing or other e- procurement tools is desirable.
  • Demonstrable experience in the relevant Retail Convenience category is preferable
  • Able to form strong networks and working relationships with other stakeholders
  • Experience of successful delivery working in virtual and cross functional teams
  • University degree in a technical or related equivalent business discipline

  • MCIPS/ISM qualification, or at stage of pre-qualification, desirable.

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Recruiter: 1st Executive
Tel: 0843 216 3030
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