The Martin Veasey Partnership
29 Mar 2018
24 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


“Graduate calibre, high potential, with experience of purchasing construction related plant, equipment and subcontracted operational services, sought for UK market leader specialising in the construction materials manufacturing and processing sector”

£35-38000 + Car + Bonus + Benefits -

Location:North West or North East or Northern Region (Flexible Field Based/Home & Office Based)

Regions where you could currently be located:North of England, Yorkshire, North West, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, North East, Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Hull, Humberside, Northumberland

This is an exciting career development opportunity for a degree educated and ambitious procurement professional seeking the next step on the ladder within a UK national environment. Our client has an opportunity supporting the Direct and Indirect Engineering Services and Equipment Category team as Assistant Category Manager.You will be responsible for sites and operations in the North of England.This is a field-based role and you will work with engineering and production operational teams located in the North West, the North East, Central Northern region. So, you can be based in the following counties Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Humberside, Durham, Newcastle, Northumberland ideally close to the main motorway network. Experience of heavy industrial processing, engineering services, quarrying, mining, other extractive industries or large-scale construction projects or highways schemes would be especially advantageous.

You must have previous experience of purchasing indirect and direct engineering services and equipment and capital equipment.This could include construction related sub contracted operational services including surveying, drilling, shot blasting, crushing, screening, site stripping and restoration, load and haul; plant and machinery such as diggers and excavators, for a large multi-site quarrying, mining, other extractive industry, construction projects, construction materials or similar manufacturing/processing organisation.Other similar categories will also be of interest.

As a high potential procurement professional and buyer, you will bring your best practice category management expertise to a market leading organisation embarking upon a major transformational change programme.Operating as part of a large UK and pan European procurement team, you will be extremely adept at engaging, influencing and leading internal and external executive stakeholders through tactical, operational and strategic change.

The Role:

·Full commercial management of nominated category with £multimillion spend.

·Development of long term value generation and risk mitigation strategies

·Delivery of projects and programmes to translate these strategies into validated cost savings in line with overall delivery objectives

·Drive compliance to sourcing strategies in each Business Unit, proactively managing vendor performance

·Harness supplier innovation to differentiate and drive competitive advantage thereby assisting revenue generation

·Contribute to the development of the Procurement strategy by managing a long term pipeline of value delivery projects

·Collaborate with and lead cross functional project teams to ensure strategies consistently and proactively align with corporate objectives.

The Ideal Candidate:

·University degree educated.

·Full or part qualified MCIPS advantageous

·Category/procurement/buyer experience gained within heavy engineering or chemical processing or extractive industries or similar.

·Experience of purchasing direct and indirect engineering services, capital equipment; construction related sub contracted operational services including surveying, drilling, shot blasting, crushing, screening, site stripping and restoration, load and haul; plant and machinery such as diggers and excavators and engineering services, for a large multi-site quarrying, mining, other extractive industry market leader.

·Multinational/large corporate experience, able to apply “best practice category management” within a dynamic industry sector.

·Experience of developing and deploying national category/procurement strategies cross functionally at regional/business unit level.

·Strong track record of category/procurement efficiency improvement opportunities across processes, compliance, transactions, KPI’s.

·Commercially astute, with experience of assessing external supply markets and skilled in translating opportunities into long term strategies.

·Ability to lead, persuade and influence internal and external partners through a period of change, managing transformation tactically, operationally and strategically.

·Commercial experience of advanced negotiations with senior stakeholders to deliver value objectives.

·Innovative, creative and strategic thinkers.

·Demonstrable experience of multi-site as opposed to single site/HO located stakeholder engagement and communication.

·For all roles, category specific experience would be advantageous but other core competencies and personality traits are more important.

·Well presented, confident and credible enough to become category and procurement subject matter experts.

Our client offers excellent development and the opportunity to make a real difference in a business that really values its people.

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