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Senior Category Manager – Indirect Services

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Senior Category Manager – Indirect Services

RecruiterPurchasing Professionals
Industry SectorServices
Salary£250 to £315 per day
LocationsGreater London, London
Contract TypeInterim / Contract
Job CategoriesProject Management, Purchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted15 October 2018

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Senior Category Manager – Indirect Services

London Zone 1

My Client are an impressive, forward thinking and world renowned organisation based in central London. They currently have an opportunity for a Category Manager, who will be required to work on professional services contracts as well as various other indirect categories.  Preferably you will have worked in an extensive and significant procurement role within in a complex environment in either the public or private sector


The candidate will be accountable for developing and delivering strategic sourcing and spend management initiatives for assigned and related categories. The role will support functional leadership by providing subject matter expertise for key commodities but will also challenge spend behaviour and ensure strategic sourcing process and decision-making are firmly embedded in each function.

The Category Manager, as part of the Procurement team, will be expected to lead other initiatives, when required, that contributes to organisational goals and demonstrate wide knowledge of technical or functional capability leading to internal recognition as one of the experts in the field.

Reporting Relationships: Reports to the Purchasing Director

Direct Reports: the Category Manager oversees a Category Buyer that supports execution of initiatives as well as tactical sourcing, as directed.

Key Relationships: Category Managers, Category Leaders, Programme and Project Managers, other functional peers, internal stakeholders, industry and professional bodies

Key Accountabilities:

Accountable for developing and implementing aggressive cost reduction strategies.
Key contact for programme / project managers and site managers in tender process.
Management of a Category Buyer
Execution of procurement strategy and awareness of customers’ needs and expectations
Tender management to include: supplier sourcing, bid preparation, tender analysis for supplier selection, tender negotiation and contract execution and governance
Respect of procurement process and code of practice and active contribution to organisational goals
Implement Key Supplier Management for the most important suppliers ensure metrics, governance, and actions are in place for continuous improvement.

Behavioural requirements:

You will be both a ‘doer’ to ‘manager’ that can comfortably adapt style to teach, coach, or delegate, as appropriate.
Able to adapt pace of delivery to meet business requirements.
Independent, self-starting, team player.
Is natural and articulate around senior management. Good listening skills and able to focus on issues critical to senior managers. Can deliver communication concisely and steer the issues to decisions needed.
Organisational Agility. Understands how organisations work. Can sense relationships that are not apparent from organizational charts. Understands relationships between businesses, functions, boards, and shareholders.
Success in developing and training teams.
Good interpersonal, presentation and negotiation skills
Can learn new skills and pick up on technical aspects quickly.
Customer Focus. Is highly customer focused and concerned with meeting and exceeding customer expectations.
Proactive and able to influence others in the business interest.


Relevant business degree (desirable) or equivalent intellectual status
Membership of relevant professional bodies (desirable)

Experience, Knowledge & skills:

Knowledge of procurement systems
Proven contract negotiation skills.
Strong interpersonal communications and the ability to work independently and across multiple functions.
Success in working with teams.
Rigorous and inquisitive with ability to manage multiple tasks.
Results driven, highly professionalism individual who comfortably relates to many different types of people.
Ability to travel within UK / EU and occasionally internationally

If you are interested in this opportunity, then please apply on line or call Ben Irving of Purchasing Professionals on 07823778062 for an initial discussion.

This role would be suitable for Procurement Manager or Senior Procurement Manager or Category manager orCategory Specialist or Category Lead or Procurement Project Manager or Procurement lead or  Procurement Specialist or Procurement Manager or  Sourcing Manager 

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Recruiter: Purchasing Professionals
Tel: 0845 094 7222
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