Category Manager

121 Recruitment
Leeds, UK
20 May 2019
23 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful Category Manager will have the relevant skills and experience specified below for this short term contract (3 months) based in Leeds. Please Note: This assignment sits inside of IR35. This engagement is to work through an umbrella company.
Job Description: Assessing current strategies, cost data and commodity profiles and business needs, in order to convert gathered intelligence into a proposed strategy to leverage best possible value for assigned categories. Taking ownership of assigned categories, engaging the customer in order to provide the major influence on strategy direction and delivering category benefits. Leading change in introducing and embedding assigned categories within a challenging environment across. Applying skills and endeavour to challenge existing boundaries where needed and overcome challenges in implementation. Drives cost reduction, measures and reviews performance and implements continuous performance improvement, reporting of benefits realization of assigned categories with over-arching business requirements. To facilitate the delivery of contractual arrangements and supporting structures required to deliver results on assigned categories. Using knowledge gained and commercial awareness to embed a category management approach. To support the Group Manager in acting as a change agent for assigned categories including driving relationships, preparing papers and chairing meetings, designing and delivering training solutions and presentations to both internal and external stakeholders. Captures future demand information and continually reviews changes in the marketplace and industry to reflect these changes within an adapting category strategy
The corporate services category is responsible for the commercial contract management of several key contracts which include Office Solutions, Document Storage, Post and Couriers and Print services that are critical to support business delivery.

The post holder will provide a leadership role in implementing contract management standards, streamlining BAU activity, ensuring contractual cover is in place for existing requirements and develop a longer term category strategy.

The role requires the successful individual to demonstrate effective stakeholder engagement and management skills to achieve buy-in across multiple business areas, experience of contract and supplier management and leading end to end projects to deliver efficiencies and savings.
Minimum Requirement: Focus on corporate services - contracts for office supplies, courier and print
Will have a portfolio of contracts to manage within that space
Contract management
Supplier management
Requirement gathering
Stakeholder engagement
Government framework agreements
Contract and supplier management- Stakeholder engagement experience essential
Implementing minimum standards
Task manage one other member of staff
Experience with developing requirements and sourcing strategies

Public sector experience is needed in order to hit the ground running

This role is predominantly contract management
Candidates can come from other category backgrounds - preferable to be something related to this
Open to procurement background ONLY IF they are contract management focused
The successful candidate will have a valid DBS or be willing to apply for one on CV submission. If a job offer is made we will confirm further details in relation to the clearance level requested for this assignment.
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