Category Manager Services

30 Nov 2017
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
We currently have a permanent opportunity within our Procurement team for a Category Manager Services, specilaising in indirect business purchases.

The Category Manager Services has responsibility for the European-wide category sourcing plan for specific Service categories (Facilities, Marketing, IT, Fleet, Travel, Professional Services). The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering the benefits associated with the sub-category / commodity for which they are accountable. They will foster European supplier relationships associated with the sub-category and will work closely with the stakeholders in all functional areas to deliver benefits across the specific sub-category / commodity. The job holder will manage the innovation process with suppliers and to align on long term development needs through developing close relationships with a wide variety of Internal Business Partners and stakeholders, suppliers and the Fluent Europe Procurement Community. The stakeholder group will act as a virtual team as members are spread over Europe.

Some of the main responsbilities associated with the role are to;
• Manage the Services Category to make the category work efficiently and to make sure all KPIs are met
• Contribute to the Europe-wide category sourcing plan, focusing on the benefits achievement and plans related to the category
• Continuously drive for optimising working capital, costs and service. Oversee and deliver annual value improvements
• Oversee and deliver selection strategies, processes and management of key suppliers
• Measure and track performance of spend category and define budgetary impact
• Develop and manage relationships with key groups of business stakeholders
• Manage the network of Territory representatives for activities or projects related to the Services Category
• Adequate response to fulfilment performance and delivery issues with functional (Marketing, IT, HR, etc.) stakeholders
• Co-ordinate and aligne methods with Business Partners and Territory Procurement teams to continuously monitor and enhance contract partners’performance.

We're keen to receive interest from candidates who hold a current professional Purchasing qualification or membership of an appropriate body who can demonstrate the following;
  • Business experience, with particular understanding of procurement and finance
  • Expertise related to specific sub-categories
  • Demonstrable ability to think strategically and argue persuasively for a course of action
  • Strong problem solving and analytical expertise
  • Project management skills
  • Procurement experience in an International environment
  • Working with virtual teams
  • Effective and pro-active communication across all mediums to a wide audience
  • Skilled influencer
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Manufacturing inventory management experience in a high volume environment
The role is by definition very cross-functionally oriented, therefore the successful candidate must present and evidence a level of awareness and understanding of Procurement, Manufacturing and Finance.

This an excellent opportunity for a skilled Procurement professional and we'd encourage all interested parties to request a job description from before applying. We expect first stage interviews to take place in early December.
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