Category Manager

  • Location

    Bristol, England

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  • Salary:

    £50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits

  • Contact:

    Laurence whiffin

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  • Published:

    5 months ago

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Category Manager - MRO


Permanent - £50,000 - £60,000

We are looking to recruit a Category Manager for a new role within the UKs leading engineering and support services business, based in their regional headquarters in Bristol.

Reporting to the Head of Category Management Marine Sector, the Procurement & Supply Chain Lead will have responsibility for category leadership, including strategy definition and execution across Projects and Business Units within the Marine Division and, where relevant, across the wider Group.

  • Establishing Project and Business Unit requirements, including those driven by the future bid pipeline
  • Supporting business growth teams to design and engage supply chains that meet future requirements
  • Delivering tangible, bottom-line benefits to the Division resulting from pan-Business Unit category management of Spend
  • Supporting the delivery of Business Unit strategies through the appropriate application of supplier relationship management and the provision of category subject matter expertise.

The Sub-Category Lead will have responsibility for c.£30 - 50M expenditure across the defined category.

Category Management

  • Define category strategies that maximise value for the business based on understanding of business needs and supply market potential
  • Builds deep knowledge of the supply market within the business
  • Execution of the category strategy, including negotiating and contracting with suppliers, evaluating on-going contract and supplier performance and measuring contract compliance
  • Provide subject matter expertise to the business through a Networked Function approach


  • Captures specific business requirements and builds into ITT or RFx documents
  • Executes pan BU sourcing activity using strategic sourcing methodologies in order to put fit-for-purpose supply contracts in place
  • Accountable for the implementation of pan-divisional contracts so that they can be used in practice by the business units
  • Where appropriate, supports major bid activity where there is a significant category requirement

Supplier Relationship Management

  • Segmenting and managing suppliers within the category
  • Executing the appropriate strategies to incentivise and engage suppliers and to measure and incentivise their performance
  • Managing appropriate supplier governance, fed by relevant data and attended by empowered representatives of both organisations
  • Ownership of overall contractual relationships where agreed

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent
  • MCIPS or equivalent professional qualifications

Experience & Background

  • Experienced procurement practitioner with knowledge of current strategic procurement techniques and c. 5 Years in Sourcing & Procurement
  • Experience in category leadership Subject matter expertise in relevant categories, both direct and indirect
  • Experience working in project environments at both bidding and delivery phases of lifecycle
  • Proven track record of identifying and delivering procurement savings

We offer the supportive environment you would expect from a leading UK multinational: including enhanced employment terms and conditions, 25 days holiday entitlement plus 8 public holidays, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours and ongoing career development opportunities.

If this sounds like an interesting opportunity please do not hesitate to apply online or call the recruitment team on 01179 309