Category Specialist

Peterborough/ Brigg/ Windsor
Competitive with great benefits
27 Mar 2018
27 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

The Overview

Are you a Procurement or Contracts specialist looking for their next challenge?

We have an exciting opportunity for a Category Specialist to join our Procurement Power Generation team.

The role is focused on procuring goods and services required to operate and maintain a fleet of power stations with the potential for demolition activities. These range from a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) to a new fleet of smaller power plants and a battery storage facility.

If you are passionate about Procurement, have Contracts experience and are looking for a company who activity develops internal talent, then we would be keen to hear from you.

The Role

  • Help manage all procurement activity across the Power Generation categories, including the creation and implementation of category strategies.
  • Source and procure a range of goods and services ensuring optimum value for money Leading and evaluating competitive tenders and proposals for the supply of goods and services.
  • Negotiating with suppliers on all commercial and contractual matters Provide support to the Category Manager in complex negotiations through data, market or other analysis.
  • Support category assessments to generate innovative opportunities and robust strategic sourcing plans.
  • Draft, negotiate and obtain agreement to commercial contracts ensuring that operational and commercial risks to business are fully understood and minimised.
  • Procurement management of demolition activities, planned & unplanned power station outages
  • Report changes and updates through proactive governance; Help the business to achieve its OPEX saving targets.

The Person


  • Confidence and credibility with excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • Pro-active, flexible, resilient, motivated and results oriented
  • Ability to meet deadlines/deliver on promises
  • Confident working on their own but recognise the value of team working
  • Excellent analytical skills  


  • Ability to identify and exploit commercial opportunities
  • Clear understanding of Category Management principles
  • Knowledge of end to end Category Management including market insight, business partnering, negotiation, on-going supplier management and governance
  • Evidence of managing a category through the whole life cycle, ensuring the value created in the negotiation stage hits the bottom line
  • Understanding of general and contract law
  • Advanced skill using SAP, MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint  


  • Degree educated (or equivalent) Membership of CIPS (or equivalent)
  • Experience of Procuring Engineering, Maintenance and Operations categories
  • Knowledge of the electricity market
  • Experience of negotiating long term service agreements

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