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Category Manager

JOB REFERENCE: 754762
Salary
Up to £50,000
Job Type
Permanent
Evolution Recruitment Solutions https://www.evolutionjobs.com/

Purpose:

To be an enthusiastic and customer-focused Category Manager. This company is dedicated to servicing the needs of its customers by providing access to a world class supplier marketplace and facilitating the procurement process. Together, the company creates value for its clients by providing higher quality, lower cost, and faster solutions compared to what its clients can source internally. 

Key Responsibilities:

Support clients throughout the duration of the project lifecycle including:

  • Technically competent and a proven track record of delivery in Procurement within the FM Category/ Professional Services, preferably in retail or a similar fast paced service environment. Experience to cover all commercial aspects of Hard and Soft FM and professional services
  • Implement delivery strategy, including negotiating and contracting with suppliers, evaluating ongoing contract and supplier performance, and measuring compliance
  • Support account management activities
  • Conduct market engagement, tendering, evaluation, negotiation and contract award activities within the FM or Professional Services category to meet client requirements and delivery timelines
  • Manage the performance of key suppliers, using appropriate metrics, to improve performance, increase levels of engagement, encourage innovation, and deliver additional value for client contracts
  • Monitor and report progress against delivery plans daily
  • Analysing bids, shortlisting, and vetting suppliers.
  • Facilitating contract negotiations and creating statements of work.
  • Experience of NEC/JCT contracts for FM Category desirable
  • Experienced in interpretation of contracts and clauses, in depth understanding of contracts within the FM or Professional Services category
  • Providing proactive communication to clients and suppliers regarding project deliverables.
  • Teaming up with the client account managers to provide excellent customer service and consistent customer communications.
  • Able to create appropriate commercial models to suit requirements
  • Able to effectively influence and manage internal and external senior leaders/stakeholders
  • Knowledgeable of Supplier Relationship Management best practice
  • Understanding of best practice in Procurement both Private and Public sector but not essential
  • Highly analytical, numerate and ability to effectively multi-task across projects
  • Conduct customer spend analysis as required.
  • Person Specification

  • Able to perceive the customers’ needs and proactively seek and implement innovative value-added solutions.
  • Agile and adaptable, emotionally intelligent, and comfortable with complexity and ambiguity.
  • Focused, results driven, and supportive of the greater team.
  • Effective at stakeholder management and comfortable with engaging at all levels of the business both internally and externally.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable learning new computer systems.
  • Be able to change with business operations
  • Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in an applicable field such as Purchasing, Project Management, Marketing or Business, CIPS qualified or currently studying, 3 years of relevant category management experience within FM or Professional Services.
  • Experience

  • 1-3 years of project management, purchasing, and/or marketing experience.
  • Experience in a strategic sourcing or category management role. Strong knowledge and understanding of current strategic procurement techniques and value levers
  • Strong category management knowledge, with experience of Category Strategies
  • Proven track record of identifying and delivering procurement savings against targets across a portfolio of initiatives within the FM or Professional Services category
  • Experience of managing sourcing projects from conception through to completion
  • If interested, please contact Oli Stockford at Evolution Recruitment ASAP!

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