Senior Category Manager

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    Farnborough, Hampshire

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    Alex Benton

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    7 months ago

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Senior Category Manager

One of the world's leading defence, aerospace, technology and security companies, are recruiting for a Senior Category Manager on a permanent basis, located in Farnborough

The role will form part of their procurement leadership, supporting strategic projects that fall under the Facilities Management Operations category.

Projects will be initiated both by internal stakeholders to work on cost-centre funded projects, and subcontracts in support of customer funded work

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 innovator
  • Competitive base salary plus car allowance, pension, 25 days holiday and flexible benefit scheme
  • Easily accessible Farnborough location, modern offices with parking and restaurant on site
  • True career progression on offer within this large organisation

About your new role

You will be responsible for driving the cost effective and timely delivery of procurement sourcing projects. You will have 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.

This role is responsible for managing and developing a group of best in class procurement practitioners, providing subject matter expertise to the Business. The team will be capable of ensuring best practice sourcing processes, decision-making, contract drafting and supplier management are firmly embedded in the team.

There will be equal focus on driving out unnecessary expenditure in order to reduce corporate overhead and the timely delivery of contractual solutions within the Project timescales.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Develop strong relationships with key decision-makers in order to influence behaviours and ensure appropriate involvement of Procurement in all sourcing activities.
  • Maintain awareness of the restrictions, controls and accreditations that are placed upon suppliers working in a Defence environment, ensuring at all times that both sourcing strategies and the incumbent supplier base do not jeopardise or threaten internal compliance.
  • Collaborate with the Category Procurement Team to identify opportunities to utilise extant supplier relationships and frameworks that leverage Group scale. Conversely, the Senior Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for identifying repeat requirements from the projects pipeline and placing demands on the Category Procurement Team to deliver suitable, long-term contracting mechanisms.
  • Ensure compliance with process, governance and controls as agreed in the Procurement Code of Practice and Sourcing methodology.
  • Collaboratively develop plans with key stakeholders to ensure alignment of targets, improve supplier performance, and implement continuous improvement plans across spend.
  • Collaborate with peers to develop and enhance systems, process, and best practice sharing

About you

  • Previous experience in a similar role within Defence or Engineering environments, or similar
  • Experienced in the procurement of facilities management service contracts
  • Proven contract negotiation skills
  • Team management experience
  • Open to occasional travel as required

If you believe this is the next career move for you, please do not hesitate to apply now.