Senior Category Manager

Norwich, UK
16 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Aviva have an exciting and significant opportunity for a Senior Category Manager to join our Group Procurement team in Norwich.

The Group Procurement function is responsible for leading Aviva's indirect third party spend in accordance with company policy and strategies. Through a deep understanding of market categories and industry dynamics, we work closely with the business to help influence and deliver their strategies. You will collaborate closely with business managers to craft procurement plans that meet their requirements and ensure fit-for-purpose products and services are effectively sourced under an appropriate contract, at the best possible price.

Role and Responsibilities
  • Your main goal is to maximise value through the end-to-end commercial management suppliers and associated spend.
  • Managing all allocated category or sub-category spend for Aviva, as well as focussing on driving performance and commercial benefit from the supply chain.
  • Taking ownership for setting the strategy for the category, which will involve working with the relevant Business areas.
  • Questioning and improving the various functions to ensure a holistic strategy and plan is executed.
  • Driving value for money through the identification and delivery of savings.
  • Mitigating and handling supply chain, business and service risk.
  • Handling suppliers within the category to achieve contracted levels of performance and benefit delivery to Aviva.

How we do this:
  • Combining market intelligence with a strong knowledge of existing supplier arrangements and business requirements to plan and implement sourcing and supply chain strategies.
  • Be a category leader at the forefront of new emerging technologies and market changes.
  • Working closely with business colleagues to build fit-for-purpose contracts and supply relationships.
  • Optimising contracts for value and performance, locking in business benefits.
  • Managing supply chains to deliver service in line with operational business requirements.
  • Driving further value through establishing and developing supply relationships.
  • Monitoring the category contract renewals process.
  • Contributing to the overall department efficiency, by being creative, supporting new ideas, changes in process and general Procurement practice and procedures.

Reporting to the Principal Category Manager, you will be expected to look after your category within the context of the broader team category, be an active member of the team, support your colleagues when demand balance necessitates and provide mentorship and development of junior members of staff.

Skills and Experience
  • Significant procurement experience in IT Infrastructure, including Network & Telecoms, Hosting & Storage (including Cloud) and End User solutions.
  • Outstanding communication and relationship management skills demonstrated in a consistent record of building strong business relationships at all levels.
  • Significant experience of delivering IT Commercial, Supplier Relationship Management or Category Management within a fast paced, fast evolving environment.
  • Experience of leading and managing complex sourcing projects.
  • Developing and negotiating agreements.
  • MCIPS qualification desirable but not essential.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise high demanding workloads.

What will you get for this role?
  • Annual salary of £55,000 to £70,000 depending on skills, experience and qualifications.
  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme.
  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review.
  • Minimum holiday allowance of 29 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days.
  • Up to 40% discount for some Aviva products through "My Aviva Extras" plus discounts for friends and family (some exclusions apply).
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme.

We care about the wellbeing of our employees

How you feel at home, work and all aspects of your life are important to us. Our programme - 'Be Healthy', 'Be Mindful', 'Be Secure' and 'Be Awesome' supports your physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing.

Here are just a few highlights:
  • You'll be able to download Aviva Digital GP - a 24/7 personal GP service that enables you to get a video consultation with a GP and pharmacy service at the touch of a button.
  • We offer all UK employees subscriptions to Headspace for free!
  • We have subsidised 70% off the normal gym membership prices, meaning for a reduced monthly fee you will have access to a wide range of fitness venues.

Additional Information

One of Aviva's core values is Care More, and this is brought to life through the flexible ways we like to work. This may include working from home some of the time, or flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and carer responsibilities, further studies and hobbies.

Our diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives are shaping an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or those with other caring responsibilities. Our approach helps to ensure that Aviva is a place which values difference and provides equal opportunities for all.

As a disability confident employer, we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, (as defined in The Equality Act 2010) whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. (By 'minimum criteria' we mean that you must provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential). Please apply through the website and then email the contact listed in the advert to notify us that you meet the conditions for the guaranteed interview scheme.

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