Category Manager

Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
11 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

In your role of Category Manager you will create, manage and implement strategic category sourcing best practices to deliver substantial year-on-year savings and value added to the business. You will work closely with key stakeholders to develop effective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans. This position will be responsible for the procurement of direct materials and crucial SRM activities.

Client Details

Our client, based in the West Midlands, has an exciting opportunity for a Category Manager. This position will be responsible for the procurement of direct materials and crucial SRM activities.


The responsibilities of the Category Manager will include:

  • Management of a portfolio of spend categories & associated supplier relationships
  • Determining a category strategy in line with the overall the overall vision within procurement
  • Apply project management concepts to the planning and execution of category sourcing requirements
  • Managing a small team of buyers
  • Lead and/or facilitate cross-functional teams where required
  • Identify, create and maintain effective and mutually respectful internal relationships across the breadth of the business
  • Development of market intelligence for the spend categories assigned to ensure best in class provision of goods and services
  • Ongoing proactive supplier management including the regular review of Supplier performance, SLA's, contract compliance and issue resolution
  • Identify risk and apply mitigation strategy across the category portfolio, or escalate to the Procurement Manager for review and decision making


Ideally the successful candidate for this position of Category Manager will have:

  • Professional qualifications
  • The ability to manage a large spend
  • A thorough background in managing raw materials
  • A comfortable approach to working with senior leaders of the business (internally and externally)
  • Purchasing Category Management Experience (Min 3/5 years)
  • Understanding of strategic purchasing
  • Track record of delivering sustainable purchasing related solutions with tangible benefits

Job Offer

Competitive Salary and Package

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