Category Specialist - IT

13 Jun 2018
13 Jul 2018
Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time


We have a great opportunity for a Category Specialist to join our Global Indirects team as we look for our Category Managers of the future. This is an excellent opportunity to work closely with the IT Category Manager to help deliver end to end global category strategies for Telco & Networks.

If you are passionate about procurement, have category experience and are looking to develop global end to end specialist experience in the IT category, then we would be keen to hear from you.

The Role

As the Category Specialist you will help manage all procurement activity across expenditure categories, including the creation and implementation of category strategies that will ensure delivery in line with business objectives, regulatory requirements and the landing of all value negotiated. Supporting category assessments to generate innovative opportunities and robust strategic sourcing plans is key as is reporting changes and updates through proactive governance.

You will source and procure a range of goods and services across one or more expenditure categories ensuring optimum value for money within defined service and quality criteria and 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.

As you provide support to the Category Manager in complex negotiations through data, market or other analysis you will also need to draft, negotiate and obtain agreement to commercial contracts ensuring that operational and commercial risks to business are fully understood and minimised.

The Person

You will have an excellent understanding of category management principles having knowledge of end to end Category Management including market insight, business partnering, negotiation, on-going supplier management and governance. With excellent analytical skills with the ability to identify and expeditiously exploit commercial opportunities you will come into this role with experience of managing a category through the whole life cycle, ensuring the value created in the negotiation stage hits the bottom line.

You will have an understanding of general and contract law and ideally a degree and CIPS membership.

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