Category Lead - Professional Services & IT Farnborough We are looking to recruit Category Lead for a new permanent position working out of our UK headquarters based in Farnborough, Hampshire.QinetiQ are a multinational defence and technology organisation providing technological and scientific expertise that helps our customers protect, improve and advance their vital interests. In recognition of the key role the procurement function plays in the growth of the organisation, one of the world's leading defence, aerospace, technology and security companies, we are recruiting for multiple new vacancies across the function up to a senior level. The Category Lead will be responsible for driving the cost effective and timely delivery of procurement sourcing projects, with particular responsibility for indirect categories, corporate professional services and IT. This role represents an opportunity to influence organisational growth, through work on external customer bids, providing procurement and supply chain expertise and strategy, from conception through to delivery.What's on offer? Permanent role with a true industry leader and innovatorBe part of a team working closely with leading edge and emerging technologies supporting national securitySalary up to £67,000, pension, 25 days holiday, performance related bonus and flexible benefit schemeYou will be given a clear career development pathway, to enhance your skill set and help you reach your full potentialFlexible working optionsAbout your new roleThe role is accountable for providing a best in class procurement service to all QinetiQ employees for the delivery of procurement projects across the full range of spend. The Category Lead will be responsible for driving the cost effective and timely delivery of procurement sourcing projects. The Category Lead has both internal and external recognition as an expert and is responsible for driving the sourcing process, supplier risk management, and collaboration with business leadership to develop the procurement strategy for the full range of procurement projects. The Category Lead will need to be able to develop new supplier relationships in order to meek QinetiQ's future aspirations. This will require knowledge of specific defence, engineering and/or cyber domains and associated supply chains. The role will form part of the Procurement Leadership, contributing to the structure and ethics of the department, correct deployment of resources to meet all customer requirements, and ensuring a consistently high standard of performance is expected and achieved from all procurement staffAbout youIn depth knowledge & experience of Corporate Professional Service Categories - including Professional Services, Marketing, Learning & Development, Legal and Insurances.Knowledge and understanding of Information Technology CategoryDegree in a Business or Engineering discipline, or equivalent experienceCIPS Qualified or equivalent experience5+ years in a Procurement or Supply Chain related roleProven contract negotiation skills. Demonstrated written and verbal leadership skills.Leads teams to achieve objectives and delivery milestones.Able to work autonomously in a complex environment. If you believe this is the next career move for you, please do not hesitate to apply now, or call the recruitment team for a confidential conversation.