Category Manager

Job Type:
Business Transformation
Job reference:
13 days ago

Role: Interim Technology Category Manager - UKI

Location: Hybrid working with 1 day on site (either Leeds or London)

Length: 12 months

Salary: £65,000 per annum

We are actively looking to secure a Category Manager to join Experis as one of our expert consultants, delivering services to our clients.

Experis Consultancy is a Global entity with a well-established team with over 1000 consultants on -assignment across 20 clients globally. Our UK operation is growing and has very aggressive plans for expansion over the coming years. We form part of the Manpower group of companies that turn over $20 billion a year collectively.

Experis UK have partnerships with major clients across the UK spanning multiple industries; our approach is a very personal one, with both our clients and our own employees. We are passionate about training, technology and career development.

The role:

This is an interim role supporting the Head of Sourcing - Technology with delivering the commercial strategy of the business in the Technology space. As part of the UKI Procurement team, you will be supporting a number of key projects within a c.£50m of third party spend per annum across all brands within the business. You will work closely with UKI Technology . You will be responsible for supporting external relationships at a tactical level, and supporting the commercial needs of the business with a range of best in class software, hardware, hosting and network providers. This role reports into the Head of Sourcing - Technology, UKI.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support key Technology suppliers across the business, working closely with other brands in the group to ensure we leverage our scale where possible.
  • Play a supporting role in how we mitigate an ever changing landscape in the Technology area, supporting on initiatives and strategies to mitigate cost challenges.
  • The Subject Matter Expert for Technology related contracts.
  • Maintain strong relationships with Technology stakeholders.
  • Positively maintain commercial relationships with new and existing partners across the Technology portfolio.
  • Conduct regular communication and engagement with multiple internal business owners to identify and deliver against agreed negotiation priorities.
  • Critically appraise and negotiate current and proposed deals, with the goal of always securing the best commercial terms for the business.
  • Drive the commercial evaluation of new technologies and opportunities, based on industry and competitor analysis.
  • Conduct negotiations with partners, while continually aligning with internal stakeholders, in order to progress agreements to signature stage and operational handover.

Essential skills & experience:

  • Experience of managing the end-to-end procurement lifecycle in a complex commercial environment, from requirements gathering to contract execution.
  • Experience working within a commercial/e-commerce environment.
  • Experience of complex commercial contracts, in the Technology space, in particular complex software, hardware, network or hosting contracts.
  • Display strong skills in commercial modelling, including capex and opex models.
  • Experience of building and maintaining relationships with Technology stakeholders, with an ability to influence and drive improvements.
  • Display excellent written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Display strong interpersonal skills, time management skills and sound judgement.
  • Display ability to learn quickly, adapt to new scenarios and navigate fluidly developing situations with ease.
  • Be highly organized, numerate & articulate, with a good ability to work under pressure.
  • Display experience of, and confidence with, effectively managing and developing internal and external relationships with Technology stakeholders.
  • Display self-motivation, resilience, attention to detail and ability to focus on goal attainment.

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