Category Manager - Travel
Leading the Travel Procurement team to drive value, change behaviors and keep pace with the business, this key role ensures value is delivered to the Centrica business, continuously seeking to improve value delivery through a framework of Category Management. The role ensures procurement is perceived as a positive, significant, value adding integral partner to the Centrica business.
In terms of end-to-end category management you will provide deep knowledge, understanding and leadership of end to end category management ensuring value is maximised from the contract negotiation, and management of the travel programme through the whole life cycle of the category.
With a strong focus on effective supplier management you will manage a large international spend and need to understand the mechanisms of the travel industry.
Working closely with the travel forum and key business stakeholders to deliver competitive, simple and engaging travel programme. It is key to understand the organisations current and future needs and proactively develop a robust strategic sourcing strategy which delivers breakthrough results and year on year continuous improvement. As a business partner, you will manage all procurement activity across expenditure categories including the creation and implementation of category plans that will ensure delivery in line with business objectives, regulatory requirements and the landing of all value negotiated.
Business facing, you will be the procurement / commercial expert for the category, providing insight for the business on all aspects of market dynamics, regulatory framework, suppliers and technical innovations, reporting on changes and updates through proactive governance.
You and the team will identify opportunities for, lead and evaluate competitive tenders and proposals for the supply of goods and services, negotiating with suppliers on all commercial and contractual matters and applying judgement as to what constitutes an acceptable level of contractual risk and supply resilience. Creating negotiation strategies and leading complex negotiations is required as is delivering a "fit for purpose" sourcing and selection approach which is flexible and delivery focused.
Working with the legal team you will guide team members to draft, negotiate and obtain agreement to commercial contracts ensuring that operational and commercial risks to the business are fully understood and minimised.
Within the Category Management framework, you will develop, build and maintain supplier engagement through appraisal and performance monitoring, value analysis, continuous improvement, supplier / supply base development and compliance and demand management. Coordinating multiple stakeholder interfaces and touch points across the business to ensure a consistent approach is key as you ensure compliance to contract terms, both legal and commercial (including value delivery).
Leading management of contractual risk and agreeing in conjunction with senior stakeholders steps to ensure remediation or reduction you will provide effective overview of supplier performance to contract and support operational teams, if performance issues arise.
You will come into this role with travel industry experience, management experience and extensive experience of supplier management.
You will have engaged to a senior level demonstrating the ability to influence stakeholders and manage conflicting views and you will need effective networking and business partnering skills, be self directed, pro-active, flexible, resilient, motivated and results oriented.
Degree qualified (or equivalent work experience) required.
You will have excellent analytical skills with the ability to identify and expeditiously exploit commercial opportunities with a track record of meeting deadlines and delivering on promises.