Category Manager - Rail

Brewster Pratap
11 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Brewster Pratap are working in partnership with our client in Doncaster to recruit a Category Manager within the rail infrastructure industry to manage and lead a team of 5 within their specific category. Our client has a long heritage in the rail industry and are the 1st choice for their customers. The role would suit an established Category Manager or Purchasing Manager from a rail, automotive, logistics or manufacturing/engineering background. Conveniently located, and easily commutable from Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield/M62 corridor, Worksop, Goole, York, Hull and surrounding areas.


Working as a Category Manager, you will be responsible for a portfolio of categories, interfacing with our incumbent suppliers, developing category plans, monitoring, reviewing and challenging costs and contributing overall to the procurement function to ensure the division meets key objectives in line with the procurement strategy. Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Determine the category strategy and a rolling programme of areas to be addressed within the procurement category
  • Establish and lead cross-functional teams to manage the development and implementation of the procurement category strategy with the Head of Purchasing, Procurement Director and internal stakeholders
  • Mentor and develop direct reportees (team of 5) where required and to ensure objectives are achieved
  • Deliver the procurement category strategy including sourcing activities, which generate benefits and achieve financial saving targets through insight and analysis of categories/sub-categories
  • Develop, seek approval of, implement and systematically review a supplier development plan for own portfolio of product categories to deliver agreed business objectives
  • Develop and maintain inter functional interfaces to ensure internal and external customer and business requirements are properly identified and ensure that appropriate solutions are achieved through supplier management and relationship management
  • Monitor, review and challenge cost of sales to improve value for money for the business
  • Utilise the company programme to improve business competitiveness and customer service,acting as Supplier Champion for suppliers in own portfolio on the programme
  • Identify and comment on achievements and on variations (to plans, partnership programme,etc.) as they arise to ensure the business can direct appropriate corrective action
  • Expand on product and market knowledge relating to portfolio of suppliers and categories responsible and become the recognised procurement expert in these
  • Use best practice procurement tools and techniques to develop and implement the sourcing strategies
  • Negotiate contractual agreements with suppliers to ensure the service, quality, total cost,security of supply and the deployment of the supplier's capabilities in innovation are secured
  • Assist with the development of new processes, procedures and solutions for the business requirements

The overall purpose of the role is:

  • To manage the sourcing process through Category Management to satisfy business needs whilst maximising the value delivered from the supply base
  • Using a cross-functional business process performed with internal customers (users of the category) and other constituents within the business (who influence the category's specification, performance and quality)
  • To support the procurement function in the delivery of agreed objectives in line with the procurement strategy, providing commercial procurement category management for the company's expenditure with external suppliers


  • 5+ years relevant supply chain experience, with a good knowledge of products and suppliers within rail infrastructure ideally
  • Introduction and implementation of procurement and supply chain strategies
  • Supply chain planning and forecasting experience
  • Tendering/Bid experience
  • Ability to derive Total Acquisition Cost, Total Cost of Ownership and end to end supply chain and customer impacts
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, MRP/ERP/SCM/JIT/Kanban philosophies, practices and techniques
  • Experience of developing and leading medium to large projects
  • Stakeholder management experience - internally, externally and at all levels of business
  • Level 6 CIPS ideally or working towards
  • Experience in managing Suppliers and Customers
  • Commercial acumen
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills
  • Turning plans into deliverables
  • Decisive and determined approach to achievement of goals
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to engage and lead multi-function teams effectively
  • Flexible and willing, desire to exceed targets set
  • Constructively challenges existing practices, simplifying processes and driving out inefficiencies
  • Flexibility to travel as necessary


  • 25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Company car
  • Convenient location
  • On site parking

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