Beaumont Select

Global Category Specialist - Indirects

£30-40k + Pension and 30 days holiday
18 Jul 2017
18 Aug 2017
Job Level
Buyer, Manager, Specialist
Contract Type
Full Time

How many people can say that they truly make a difference to people’s lives on a daily basis ? How great would it be to go to work knowing you are doing just that ?.....

Our client is a well-respected, well known International Charity which has been making a difference to people’s lives for almost 100 years, both on a daily basis and in times of crisis.

Not only do they make a difference in the UK, but on a global level.

They have ambitious plans for the future and are looking for a Category specialist to join their newly formed team, and help them reach their goals.

You will work in cooperation with the Global Category Manager to support the development and execution of category practises for selected categories. In this case, IT, HR and/or Professional Services.

You will support the definition of category strategies and their implementation.  With a strong category focus, you will drive and support the execution of sourcing projects, and be the key point of interaction between the Global Category Manager and the Analytical capability.

You will also be required to engage key stakeholders within the organisation at a mid-senior level to obtain support and buy-in for key procurement strategies, and in the longer term become advocates of Procurement as the role secures credibility through demonstrated delivery and collaboration.


  • Develop a good understanding of the organisation’s mission and supply requirements.
  • Support the development of, alignment to, and delivery of, a category strategy in line with business needs through proactive stakeholder engagement. 
  • Execution of the end-to-end tendering and contracting processes using available technologies
  • Manage the procurement strategy implementation / tendering execution for parts of the category
  • Manage suppliers professionally and proactively to ensure a high level of supplier performance.
  • Constantly challenge key suppliers to identify continuous improvements
  • Define requirements and templates for analytics and market intelligence, with support from the Analytics capability
  • Co-ordinate the analytics and e-Sourcing support from the Global Category Analyst
  • Within the allocated spend area(s), support Procurement service delivery and improvement, and ensure that the organisation purchases from approved suppliers with pre-negotiated contracts and in compliance with category-defined policies.
  • Share best practices across all global categories


  • Accountability
  • Ambition
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Integrity


  • Operational experience in hands-on, category management roles
  • Proven experience in supplier sourcing and conducting due diligence; including tendering, negotiation and contracting
  • Ability to conduct and lead detailed analysis and modelling (incl. spend, demand, specification, supply market, process reviews) and to draw insights from analysis
  • Advanced proficiency with Procurement technology
  • Advanced MS Excel skills
  • High levels of personal accountability and proactivity
  • Results focused
  • Highly developed influencing and negotiation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Team player
  • Degree level in Business, Finance, Engineering, Procurement, Supply Chain Management or similar level, category-relevant qualification / Equivalent experience. 

Some Global travel required.

Beaumont Select is a leading Supply Chain & Purchasing Recruitment Agency for permanent and interim staffing solutions. We support a primarily blue chip client base, in the provision of experienced Supply Chain & Purchasing Professionals; successfully resolving their Purchasing Recruitment demands. We have a proven track record in purchasing recruitment and are a leading purchasing recruitment agency.  Complying with the BERR Beaumont Select are an Employment Agency and an Employment Business