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Category Procurement Manager

Job Title: Category Procurement Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Theale
Salary: Negotiable
REF: RH/CategoryManager_1712049973
Contact Name: Rebecca Harris
Contact Email:
Job Published: 10 days ago

Job Description

Ownership of a range of sub-categories within the Business's key delivery offer including Acquisition, Design, Engineering and Construction, along with the associated company spend and relevant supplier base. The Category Procurement Manage will develop appropriate commercial strategies and approaches to optimise value-for-money and minimise supplier-related risk.

The Category Manager will own, develop & deliver sourcing events (both traditional & e-sourcing)

which fully align with Business's Corporate Procurement Policy.

Financial contribution will be linked to an industry standard methodology and aligned with Business's commercial structure. Working in conjunction with a range of internal stakeholders, the Procurement Category Manager will drive commercial benefit, service delivery improvement and process efficiency.


Compliance & Safety (ALL colleagues) - mandatory

To support and contribute actively to health and safety, environmental, business continuity and information security arrangements that meets our obligations to our customers

Category Strategy Management

Lead the business in agreeing and delivering clear and compelling sub-category strategies which fully support the company's strategic

objectives (as cascaded each year). Understand the Value Chain and challenge materials, specifications, sources of supply etc. to deliver value improvements.

Plan and execute negotiations for both formal tenders and ad-hoc activities, ensuring that the Business obtains best value-for-money on targeted spend.

Lead sourcing activities and the management of complex projects and facilitate cross-functional group planning and action.

Lead supplier event days and other internal/external communication forums aimed at developing and engaging with the supply base to improve performance.

Demonstrate expertise in the development of all types of market- facing documents in all relevant categories and types of procurement activity. Lead cross-functional Business teams in the evaluation of large, complex, organization-wide agreements.

Supplier Base Management

Ensure that Suppliers have necessary capability and capacity to support the Business' requirements, following the corporate supplier evaluation and onboarding process.

Working with key internal functions, ensure that robust contingencies are in place for critical items (alternate supplier sources, business continuity plans etc). Support the business functions when inbound supply problems occur by escalating issues with suppliers' management and agreeing mitigating actions.

Stakeholder Relationship Management

Develop and maintain relationships with internal & external key stakeholders to ensure Procurement governance and facilitate post- award relationship management.

Maintain effective cross functional relationships to further understand Business's primary objectives and processes, ensuring 'scopes' and 'specifications' are accurate, and the required outcomes are achieved.

Commercial Contribution

Adhere to required Savings Methodology and where appropriate incorporate Total Cost of Ownership or similar calculations. Take responsibility for delivering intended outcomes whilst making sure Business's stakeholder understand expected goals and acknowledge success criteria. Identify resource needs and ensure goals are achieved within budget and deadlines. Ensure financial implications of changed priorities are explicit and budgeted for.

Supplier Negotiation

Negotiate both new and renewal commercial contractual agreements with suppliers within Category to ensure the service, quality, added value, total cost of ownership, security of supply and supplier's deployment plans are secured, and risks and issues are

mitigated. Develop robust negotiation plans with business partners for complex procurement negotiations and coach other Team members in how to approach negotiations. Gather and apply leading edge procurement negotiation thinking and practice across the organization.

Lead negotiations for large complex categories and significant projects (eg. Outsourcing Agreements, JVs, etc). Adopt appropriate negotiation styles for all situations (internal and external), and effectively use these to deliver optimal procurement outcomes

Process Management

Manage and run Procurement-related processes from inception

through to 'handover' to internal contract management, ensuring associated activities have been carried out diligently and rigorously. Execute Contracts and Agreements in line with Business's 'Delegation of Authority (DOA)' and conduct de-briefs with unsuccessful suppliers as standard.

Reporting, Monitoring and Tracking

Report and track all proposed and active initiatives, as well as when services and agreements need to be renewed, including financial benefits and all risks & issues.

Where suppliers work across numerous business Categories develop collaborative mechanisms with other Category Procurement managers to ensure total supplier input is monitored, tracked and managed as desired. Reporting on cost reduction, removal and avoidance as required.



Business is on a transformative journey to independence, and requirements are constantly changing requiring the development and maintenance of key stakeholder relationships. Agreements can be multi-layered and complex, and Business's customer performance obligations often need to be 'flowed down' to key suppliers.


3rd parties are critical to the delivery of Business's customer requirements (including shareholders), and their successful engagement and management is essential to the performance of the business. Significant impact on Business's cost base through active management of commercial arrangements.

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