Category Manager

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  • Location:

    Chelmsford, Essex

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  • Salary:

    £40000 - £50000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Hannah Pepper

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  • Published:

    almost 3 years ago

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Category Manager

Across the globe we deliver innovative developments in technology for high performance systems and equipment across Civil Aerospace, Defence & Security, Space, Industrial, Medical & Science applications.

Role overview

This is an opportunity for you to take full responsibility for the strategy, selection and management of suppliers/contractors for a number of indirect & capital procurement categories.

In this role you will:

  • Establish relationships and deliver an effective and efficient service to internal/external customers and suppliers. Resolve supplier quality, serviceability and performance related issues

  • Select suppliers (benchmark, negotiate and qualify) in accordance with strategy and the overall business goals

  • Leverage category and market knowledge to select and chose relevant suppliers capable of delivering products and services with the best balance of cost/quality/services

  • Define and lead sourcing strategy including the preparation of appropriate documentation for the competition process

  • Establish interfaces with relevant functions across the business to ensure highest level of support and coordination to meet business needs and act as a point of escalation where operational managers cannot resolve disputes / service complaints

  • Identify innovative solutions to drive continuous improvement cultures in all aspects of the procurement process both internally and externally

  • Contribute to the ongoing development of Procurement strategy

  • Manage contractual negotiation processes and methodology and execute the procurement strategy for categories, products and services including competitive benchmarking, supplier analysis, development, selection and aggregation of spend and pricing

  • Develop strategic Suppliers to drive out costs and deliver savings and efficiencies year on year;

  • Experience of identifying cost reductions, implementing innovative action plans and strategies

To be successful in this role you are likely to have the following:

  • Experience of identifying cost reductions, implementing innovative action plans and strategies;

  • Strong communication skills and ability to influence others at all levels;

  • Flexible approach and willingness to travel

  • Self-motivated, able to operate individually and as part of wider team

  • Experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts

  • Experience of Supplier Risk Management development and implementation with identified key Suppliers