Category Manager - Indirect Procurement

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    Chelmsford, Essex

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    £40000 - £50000 per annum + + excellent bens.

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    Sam Bason

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    6 months ago

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Category Manager - Indirect Procurement

  • Procurement; Category Management; Buying; Supply Chain; Strategy; Negotiation;

  • Aerospace; Defence; Security; Space; Engineering; Technology

  • £40,000 - £50,000 + excellent bens.

  • Chelmsford, Essex (Hybrid)

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.

Our products are everywhere: hospitals, planes, ships and even outer space. They do many incredible things - including saving and protecting people's lives by finding and treating cancer, helping map our planet and the universe, and freezing the atom down to 0° Kelvin.

With a long and enviable history of technical and scientific innovation, we are always working at the forefront of technology.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

  • 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

  • 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


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

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

  • Experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts

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

  • A broad range of Indirect Procurement experience

  • CIPS desirable, but non-essential