Category Specialist - Payments and Banking

25 Sep 2018
25 Oct 2018
Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time


As we look to develop our Category Managers of the future we have a key role within the procurement team in ensuring that value is delivered to the global Centrica business. You will work with internal stakeholders and external third parties to continuously seek to improve value delivery through a framework of End to End Category Management. The role ensures procurement is perceived as a positive, significant, value adding, integral partner to the Centrica business.

The role

With a varied scope spanning payments and banking services across Centrica globally you will join a vibrant team helping to deliver highly visible and challenging cost reduction targets. Within this area there is a key focus on globalising services and delivering value through improved customer experience. Using your influencing and stakeholder management skills you will own you own sub category developing your relationship skills externally and internally engaging with stakeholders to CEC (Exec) level.

In terms of End-to-End Category Management you will carry out category strategies to generate innovative opportunities and robust strategic sourcing plans ensuring value is maximised from the category and supplier contract negotiations through the whole life cycle of the category.

With external market expertise you will provide leadership and insight for the business on all aspects of market dynamics, regulatory framework, suppliers and technical innovations, reporting changes and updates through proactive governance.

To identify opportunities to lead and develop competitive market exercises 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 risk and supply resilience is at the core of the role.

You will draft, negotiate and develop category strategies, sourcing plans and commercial agreements ensuring that business needs, commercial leverage and risks to our business are fully understood. Effective supplier management, a focus on safety and compliance and actively supporting the development and delivery of the procurement strategic plans and objectives are vital to the success of the role.

The person

You will come into this role with a clear understanding of category management principles with proven analytical skills including ability to gather and interpret complex data, summarise and communicate simply and effectively.

Membership of CIPS and being pro-active, flexible, resilient and results orientated are a must.

Coming from an "indirects/services" background is important however, you do not need specific payments or banking procurement experience, just a willingness and ability to learn these areas.

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