Global Category Manager

National Grid
£47,200 - £64,900
09 Nov 2017
01 Dec 2017
Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time


We’ve connected millions of people safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use since 1990. But the world has grown, becoming more urban, complex and connected than ever before. So we’ve changed too. We know we can’t stand still or be complacent, so we’re planning, innovating and working to remain as vital and relevant as ever before. Join us and you’ll help us build the energy systems of tomorrow. Join us and be at the heart of energy.

About the role

As the Global Category Manager you will set a clear and compelling strategy, lead on the development and implementation for your global category and deliver against it, ensuring that the maximum value and innovation are realised through National Grid’s global supply chain.

  • You will be responsible for continuously driving improved category strategies by working collaboratively with key Global Procurement personnel and wider business entities to leverage business and market insight.
  • You will own the delivery of a portfolio of strategic sourcing events within allocated global category area, working with stakeholders to plan and prioritise workload and challenge demand, identifying best sourcing strategies and delivering events from market engagement through to award.
  • You will leverage resources from the pool of regional buyers.
  • Undertaking research and analysis to profile the characteristics of allocated global category, including external analysis of supply markets and supplier trends to inform the global category management planning process, you will ensure opportunities to drive value are leveraged and that risks (i.e., around supply shortage, etc.,) are identified and mitigated

About you

You will have a Degree or equivalent and previous experience of understanding, identifying and executing multiple opportunities across a range of Categories to deliver value.
With experience of broad, supply chain management in complex, global enterprise environments, you will have the ability to develop Category Management & Strategic Sourcing to an expert level within the teams.
With a track record of driving value beyond straightforward procurement savings in areas of value engineering, usage of lean techniques to identify and eliminate waste and identify income opportunities in the extended value chain, you also have the ability to communicate dynamically at all levels within National Grid and externally to senior leaders within supplier organisations
Possessing a good understanding of broader business objectives and the implications of strategic planning and actions within the category on the regional/global businesses, you will be an expert in influencing & negotiating to drive optimum value through the award of commercially sound contracts.
You will have relationship management experience, driving commercial value and performance through major contracts

Who we are

At National Grid, we don’t just ask our people to deliver to the highest standards. We also support them to be the best they can be. Accredited training programmes and personal development courses are a part of life here. We value and encourage diversity of thought, whatever your background. By creating an inclusive, switched-on workforce, we drive performance and deliver excellence. Which is exactly what we need to achieve our vision of creating sustainable energy solutions, for today and tomorrow.