Category Manager - South East - South East

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Salary: £60,000 max. - Category Management
Ref: 270 Date Posted: Wednesday 17 Oct 2018
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We are supporting one of our Private Sector clients who are on the look for a number of experienced Category Managers in the South East, South West and South Yorkshire region on permanent roles with a salary of up to £60,000 on offer.

The Category Manager is the primary point of contact for all service related matters for assigned clients, managing the interface between suppliers and clients effectively.  They offer expert advice and unique solutions to achieve the best outcomes, working closely with the Procurement Operations team to deliver client satisfaction.  This role is client facing which as a result will require regular travel to client sites.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for the end to end service and meeting the strategic needs of assigned clients in line with contractual arrangements
  • Working with assigned clients to:
  • develop better relationships
  • achieve organisational objectives and value
  • develop effective sourcing events
  • identify capable suppliers and supplier development to meet client needs
  • support through the sourcing / competition process
  • post tender contract management and delivery assurance
  • Ensuring regular client communication and reporting
  • Ensure an in-depth understanding of assigned strategic clients current and future needs
  • Providing category and procurement expertise
  • Utilisation of our clients offerings for assigned strategic clients and category specific projects

Experience Required:

  • A sound understanding of modern procurement practices, primarily within the Public Sector, and an ability to use this experience and knowledge
  • Knowledge of eSourcing and tendering solutions
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders across all levels of seniority
  • Commercially aware and a competent negotiator
  • An expert in their category
  • Excellent commercial awareness and business acumen; analytical and numerate
  • Ability to prioritise multiple projects whilst maintaining client commitments in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to make decisions, problem-solve and take a pro-active approach
  • Drive and self-motivation with a focused, engaging and positive attitude
  • Ability to work in a team, as well as independently
  • Highly experienced in outsourcing and transition management projects
  • Experience of working within a structured project management framework
  • Knowledge of technical, legislative and regulatory frameworks effecting the public sector
  • Ideally experienced in one of the following categories; ICT, Social Care or Environmental Services.
  • CIPS qualified
  • Prince 2 or other project management qualification