Category Manager

MBDA UK Limited
09 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
The Role
The ISP organisation is responsible for procuring direct and indirect products and services for both projects and the business. Total spend is approximately 500M per year across UK, France and Italy.
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the UK Mechanical team for a Category Manager for Castings & Fabrication.
The Opportunity

- Manage a multifunctional team to develop and implement UK sourcing and management strategies for Castings and Fabrication categories
- Ensuring the strategies optimisation in the number of suppliers
- Ensuring on time, quality and cost for the category
- Leading complex and/or high value negotiations
- As part of the Sourcing Strategy apply competitive methodologies to drive down prices to achieve and preferably exceed pre-agreed targets
- To prepare, negotiate and agree Frame Agreements and ensure that these are being used by the buyers
- Manage performance trends, ensuring improvement activities are implemented where required
- Conduct Global Supplier reviews (Steering Meetings) with preferred and key suppliers
- Support ISP team in relation to purchasing queries in respect to the categories
- Manage the risks within the categories

What\'s great about the role?

- This role provides a fantastic opportunity for the successful individual to take on a solution-focused role
- The Category Manager is a strategist -influencing and anticipating internal stakeholders' requirements and creating the appropriate supplier base
- The Category Manager manages a multifunctional team to develop and implement UK sourcing and management strategies for the categories
- The Category Manager leads the delivery of major and/or complex competitions and is responsible for drafting and negotiating contracts
- You will be working in a fast-paced, multi-national, energetic procurement team who strive for personal and professional excellence.
- On-the-job training and mentoring in addition to supporting CIPS training for promising individuals.
- Although primarily a UK role, international travel may be included as part of the multi-national nature of the team, providing you with the opportunity to learn and work with other cultures
- Opportunities for development into other MBDA roles

Who and what arewe looking for from you?

- Procurement professional preferably educated to degree level
- Professional accreditation an advantage
- Engineering experience/qualifications would be an advantage
- Strong team skills
- Strong communication skills
- Good negotiation skills
- Good influencing skills
- Proactive approach / Self starter
- Management experience - within a European cultural environment an advantage
- Proven ability to influence multi-functionality at all levels within the organisation
- Project and risk management experience
- Project management skills and experience
- Experience of managing multi-functional teams
- Team player with cultural sensitivity
- Able to work within a demanding and changing environment
- IT skills in terms of data analysis, manipulation and presentations
- In depth knowledge of the categories
- Understanding of technical data packs and configuration control
- Understanding of cost make up
- Contract knowledge
- Supply Chain knowledge (continuous improvement philosophy)
- Fluent in the English language
- Additional language skills would be an advantage (French, Italian, German preferred)

Why should you come and work at MBDA?

- MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees in industrial facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States
- With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA is Europe's leading guided weapons company and with this in mind we continually look to broaden our existing talent base whilst maintaining a strategic edge, by exploiting new markets and new applications for our world-class technology base
- Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career
- Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and commercial spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards

What would you get?

- Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.

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