Global Category Manager, New Generation Products

Covent Garden
30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Global Category Manager - NGP to join the Global Procurement team, based in London.

NGP takes our business in a whole new direction and now you can play your part in giving consumers greater choice through a range of exciting alternative products.

This role is responsible for defining the global category strategy and sourcing principles for the defined global category area (s) and will drive the delivery of the global category targets through the management of the Sourcing Managers for their category area.

As part of this role, you will

·Develop global category strategies in New Generation Products and work with Global Head of Procurement to align the geographic stakeholders and customise category strategies for the geography.

·Be accountable for leading execution of category strategies and ensure appropriate governance.

·Design category strategies and sourcing plans and to deliver those strategies though the Sourcing Managers. The category strategy balances the business needs, company risk and supply market capability to determine the optimum route to deliver maximum value from the category.

·Continuously assess the global and regional market environment, supply base and identify major industry trends and threats. To use this knowledge to define the optimum category strategy for BAT.

·Maintain a professional and well motivated sourcing team, ensuring appropriate training and development to ensure our people have the skills and knowledge to deliver our business goals.

·Act as a subject matter expert for their category area (s) and to maintain and develop this knowledge.

·Support and drive initiatives for the defined key suppliers of the category (e.g. B.E.S.T.)

·Track, review and report on the category performance, plan implementation and KRA’s and to use this information to determine opportunities for further improvement to category strategy definition and target setting.

·Manage the risk to BAT through robust category strategies and sourcing management and by ensuring adherence to corporate compliance, platforms and policy (for example adherence to CSR standards).

·Assist the Supplier Custodian and Contract Owner in the resolution of escalated supplier issues and ensure appropriate supplier management and performance metrics have been agreed.

·Determine the scope, scale and impact of any new products or services required. Assess the supply market for these requirements and reflect this in the category strategy and targets. Ensure any supplier or supply market innovations that are relevant to the business are communicated and reflected through changed business requirements.

·This role is responsible for supply market management and value engineering defined through the category strategies and sourcing plans. To manage long-term ‘Value Management Relationships’ with the global suppliers. To define and initiate complexity reduction initiatives and standardisation programmes through involvement of all regions. The sourcing relationship with suppliers is undertaken by the Sourcing Manager.

If you have:

·Detailed knowledge of the consumer electronics category, including Chinese market place and sourcing, key drivers and levers, supply base and balance of power.

·Thorough knowledge of supply market, supplier capabilities and competitor activity and trends.

·Detailed understanding of financial evaluation and interpretation of supplier’s records and their key cost and business drivers.

·Full understanding of the category cost drivers and of the factors needed to ensure a robust outcome for BAT (including specification and testing requirements).

·Professional knowledge of procurement principals and approach including category and sourcing management.

·Sound knowledge of corporate regulations and legislation to ensure the creation of effective and binding group contracts.

·Experience of managing a category at an above market / geographic level for a period of 2 years minimum.

·Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

·Numerical skills.

·Proven influencing skills.

·Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships working across geographic boundaries.

·Team management and leadership skills.

·Focused on delivering results.

·Relevant business qualification.

·CIPS Corporate Diploma in Purchasing and/or membership of The Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply or equivalent country qualification or membership would be an advantage.

Then do not hesitate to apply.

What we offer:

·Great professional development opportunities

·Excellent working environment and a great team to join

·Competitive salary

·Pension scheme

·Bonus Scheme

·Subsidised restaurant

·On- site Gym

British American Tobacco is all about freedom of choice — whether it’s our people or our products. Combined with our entrepreneurial spirit, it’s what’s driven our success. Today, we’re a multinational company with more than 200 brands in our portfolio. With robust positions in each of our regional markets, our future looks equally bright too.

We also excel at developing our own people into leaders of the future. As a firm with a high-performance culture, we’ll expect a lot from you. But we’ll support you every step of the way to help you deliver. If you’re passionate and ambitious, there will be plenty of exciting opportunities for you to develop your career.

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