Senior Procurement Category Manager

Job Type:
Business Transformation
Job reference:
23 days ago

Senior Procurement Category Manager - Corporate & Professional Services
Senior Procurement Category Manager - Corporate & Professional Services

The location of the role is London / remote (2-3 days in the Paddington office per week).

The duration of the role is 12 - 14 months.

Rate on offer is £650 - £700 per day.

The client is an iconic, multinational high-street retailer, and the role sits within their Bank.

Key accountabilities

  • Build meaningful and close relationships with key stakeholders in Food and C&H including packaging, Plan A, Retail, Finance & Procurement colleagues
  • Develop & deliver procurement strategies of Food and Clothing & Home Head Office costs including packaging artwork, hangers, Plan A contracts, retail & eComm packaging and bespoke Schoolwear contracts
  • Bring external insights to support the development of Category Plans in line with the Corporate and Professional Services business strategy
  • Management of team of 2/3 Category Managers within Corporate and Professional services including Retail, HR, Consultancy and Head Office spend areas
  • Work with Finance to align & embed commercial benefits in the Budget
  • Manage end-to-end Source to Contract activity, taking responsibility for the development and approval of sourcing strategies, market testing, negotiation and contract award.
  • Manage the business contracts approvals process
  • Manage key agency relationships within the category and implement appropriate contract management activities to drive value throughout the contract lifecycle
  • Develop a risk mindset in the context of Corporate and Professional Services and develop plans for creating awareness and mitigation
  • Meet agreed performance objectives
  • Identify and progress areas for personal development
  • Actively support the Procurement Leadership Team and contribute to Procurement strategy discussions and take a lead role in managing and driving Procurement workstreams

Key skills and experience

  • 8+ years of procurement experience, preferably at least 5 years in Corporate and Professional Services
  • Strong commercial mindset, confident & capable of challenging the status quo
  • Strong communication, influencing and networking skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to manage ambiguity & uncertainty
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Experience of contract drafting including development of schedules, commercials, and appropriate terms and conditions
  • Demonstrated leadership across Procurement and the wider business, with contributions to areas for the greater good of colleagues across the business
  • Experience of managing supplier relationships and contracts to maximise value
  • Experience of managing complex / high spend sourcing projects
  • Proven track record of delivering results & driving change
  • Proficient user of Excel and Powerpoint
  • Experience using Procurement systems
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