Category Manager, HR and Professional Services

GU2, Guildford

One of the UK’s leading Technology companies has an opportunity for a Global Category Manager to lead the HR and Professional Services category. This is an excellent opportunity to join a Procurement team that has a UK and Asia remit and work has part of a high-performing function.

Reporting into the Head of Category Management and Sourcing, you will be accountable for a large global spend of £85m. The spend includes, but is not limited to, Recruitment (permanent and contingent labour), Consultancy, Legal Services, Learning & Development and Employee Benefits.

What will you be doing:

  • Develop and implement a Category Strategy Plan covering all elements of category management (define, analysis, execute and manage)
  • Engage cross functional and cross business teams in category management activities, contributing and influencing the business to deliver the right supply solution and mitigate supply risk
  • Use a range of tools to analyse the defined category (spend, market and supplier analysis)
  • Develop category strategy and document associated value for money proposition
  • Execute category sourcing strategy in line with company processes
  • Develop and undertake supplier capability assessments
  • Create negotiation strategies and lead those negotiations
  • Manage supplier performance (review progress, assess progress and close contract)
  • Management of supply base within the category and associated supplier assurance
  • Be a champion for the global procurement transformation project, with a particular focus on embedding category management across the businesses
  • Be an Ambassador of the Procurement organisation with internal stakeholders and external suppliers
  • Support development of material for category management to standardise processes, document lessons learned and good practice and deliver improved operational efficiency
  • Own and deliver the category in year savings plan

Skills and experience required:

  • A proven ability to lead and execute strategic sourcing initiatives in the HR Services category
  • Excellent stakeholder management, communication, challenging and influencing skills. Ability to translate complex procurement guidance into simple, straightforward and practical advice.
  • A proven record of delivering value for money, commercially astute with excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
  • CIPS Qualified or working towards qualification.
  • Understanding of key Procurement processes, and how these fit into the wider organisations processes
  • Ability to work at all levels in the organisation
  • Leading a cross functional, cross business unit team of professionals within the business
  • Influencing senior leaders within the business
  • Promoting the role of procurement across the organisation and the value add
  • Prioritise, analyse and validate material, producing headline/summary reports for a senior audience
  • Identify problems in order to suggest and implement opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Be bold and innovative in the approach to problem solving, setting an example for other members of the procurement function to follow
  • Excellent organisation skills, ability to manage multi tasks at the same time
  • Developed communication and diplomacy skills in order to persuade and influence
  • Capacity to work using own initiative and as part of a larger team
  • Resilience and perseverance
  • Ability to build relationships and create networks

Job Features

Job CategoryProcurement
SalaryUp to £70,000
Car Allowance£6,000
Holidays25 days
Other BenefitsPrivate Healthcare
Job ReferenceSH10680

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