Our client manages over $3bn of global spend with supply chains. They deliver science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. They are a global community of innovators, thinkers, creators, explorers, volunteers and dreamers, who bring together the best and brightest people to deliver technology and solutions that help their customers accomplish their most critical missions and objectives. In doing so, they strive to create a better, safer and more sustainable world.
Due to a recent shift in the Supply Chain function, the client is looking for a Category Manager to join the team. The client’s category groupings cover Human Resources (HR), Corporate Services, Property & FM Services, Professional Services, and Information Technology (IT). Additional categories may be introduced in line with business needs.
About the role:
Our client is looking for a Category Manager within the Supply Chain function for their Leatherhead office. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing supply chain support to bids to help Improve the client's probability to win (PWIN) rate through leveraging the optimum supply chain strategy, introducing market innovations and partnering with “best-in-class” suppliers to drive a competitive advantage for our client’s bids.
This role will allow exposure to all category management related activity (category strategy, strategic sourcing, tender, contract award etc) as required to support new bid activity.
Implementing a category strategy for assigned categories including analysing the client's spend, engaging with the market and undertaking strategic sourcing activity with recommendations to formally contract with key supply chain partners.
Work with key stakeholders (operations, engineering, technical, legal, commercial etc), and business and functional organisations to achieve goals and influence requirements ready for market.
Developing a deep understanding of the market within your assigned category, e.g., key players, products/services, size, cost drivers/levers, main risks, geopolitical landscape, export control, emerging tech, sourcing and acquisition routes etc.
Undertake engagement with the market to communicate requirements, complete targeted engagement with SME’s as appropriate to inform the market of upcoming opportunities.
Undertake soft market testing and engagement with the supply chain to establish a best-in-class supply chain within your assigned category.
Lead on commercial activity and develop ITT packs, templates, forms of contract, commercial models, incentive models, performance management mechanisms etc to drive the best outcome for strategic sourcing activity.
Drafting, negotiating and executing contracts using the client’s standard terms and conditions.
Develop and negotiate framework agreements and contracts as necessary for your assigned category.
Undertake full end to end strategic sourcing activity under fair and transparent competitive procurement practices within your assigned category.
Award contracts and support full handover to the contract management team / in-house systems.
Produce periodic (daily/weekly/monthly) reports as required by the Head of Category Management or VP Supply Chain & Procurement
As the category Manager, the Capability we are looking for you to bring to the role:
Market expertise/awareness in: Nuclear, Defence, UK Government, Middle East etc
Category expertise: Engineering, Construction, Technology, Property, FM, IT, Digital, Professional Services, Corporate Services, HR Services, etc
Bid Writing: Ability to draft and deliver compelling supply chain bid writing responses Partnering: Comfortable supporting Teaming and Partnering arrangements within bids
Market Engagement: leading on Bidder Days, targeted SME engagements to bring innovation to our bids
Value Focus: Cost out of bids and value add focus
Global Leverage: Using the clients global buying power to bring VfM into bids.
Category Manager ideal candidate:
Ability to demonstrate previous experience within any of the following spend categories Corporate Services and Logistics.
Experience of category management including evidence of category strategy formulation and executing category strategy including leading sourcing projects.
Proven ability to follow a defined strategic sourcing and procurement process and report progress.
Proven ability to write a strategic procurement and sourcing plan and report progress.
Proven ability to research the market and sourcing of potential suppliers, leading to the end-to-end strategic sourcing process.
Ability to perform market analysis including commercial & financial viability of suppliers plus assessment of their performance and resource capabilities.
Proven skills at eliciting requirements/scope of work and business process mapping.
Able to draft commercial documents, ITT document/templates and tender packs to support strategic sourcing activity.
Strong understanding of contractual/legal terms and conditions.
Ability to maintain on-going relationships with suppliers including performance management of said suppliers.
***Important** Candidates will be required to undergo security clearance***
Your Skills and Qualifications
Previous experience in a supply chain role (E.g Category Management, Subcontract Management, Procurement Manager) and/or experience of supporting supply chain bid activity
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Material Management, Law or a degree in an equivalent and relevant discipline.
Office: The role will be based at the client's office in Leatherhead with flexible and agile working arrangements, with a requirement for 3 days in the office.
Salary: £55.00 Per Hour (Limited) Negotiable
Term: Initial 6 month contract, potentially becoming a permanent position.
If you have the right skill set and experience, and you are interested in the Category Manager role, please click the link to ‘Apply’