Category Specialist - Retail Technology

1st Executive
GBP300 - GBP400 per day +
19 Sep 2018
19 Oct 2018
Elliot Fisher
Specialist Area
Buying, Category management
Job Level
Buyer, Specialist
Full Time

A fantastic opportunity with a key client of 1st Executive, a leading FTSE100 retail organisation are looking for a procurement specialist with a proven track record sourcing retail-based technology solutions to join their established procurement function based in London. This role would suit a Buyer / Category Manager with experience purchasing retail technology such as E-POS or payment systems within retail companies.

The procurement specialist will be responsible for purchasing for multiple retail technology sub-categories such as Point of Sale ( POS ) technology, payment systems, hardware, software and in-store IT maintenance and support amongst others. This organisation is a household name and will add valuable experience by working for an extremely dynamic and collaborative procurement function.

Job description:

  • Working with the retail technology sector and commodity managers to implement sourcing processes to ensure delivery of business plans and market sector/commodity strategies;
  • The development of sourcing strategies in alignment with the retail sector / commodity strategies and specific business objectives (both local and global);
  • Understands business requirements for third party goods and services;
  • Developing and maintaining knowledge of relevant supply market places;
  • Engaging the business and provide guidance on procurement process and risk management;
  • Manages supplier relationships, engagement and involvement;
  • Leading the full sourcing process which includes development of scope, supplier selection, commercial negotiation, and contract execution;
  • Provides on-going contract cost management and risk assessment;
  • Championing and supporting the deployment of the appropriate purchase to pay solution;
  • Participating in company networks, sharing information, best practices and lessons learned;
  • Interfacing where relevant with the Indirect Procurement Operations Centre;
  • Work closely with Service Delivery Leads and Service Delivery Coordinators to assure sourcing delivery to the business stakeholders.

Required experience:

  • Proven track record in sourcing across retail technology sub-categories related to shop/store customer experience i.e. Point of Sale ( POS ) technology, payment systems, hardware, software and in-store IT maintenance and support.
  • Strong retail industry knowledge.
  • Experience category strategy development and execution
  • Strong track record across the full procurement lifecycle - sourcing, contracting and contract management
  • Experience executing tactical procurement
  • Experience in supplier management
  • Experience in e-sourcing or other e-procurement tools is desirable (preferably Ariba).
  • Good working knowledge of P2P processes, and SAP systems
  • Experienced in leading and managing projects across virtual teams

If you think that this role would be suitable for you and you want to find out more, please call Elliot Fisher on 01483 212186.

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