Finance
Location
Walsall
Hours Per Week
40
Competitive Salary + 10% Yearly Bonus + £5500 Cash/Car Allowance
Careers Site Advertising End Date
05 Mar 2024

About The Role

We are currently recruiting for a Category Manager to join our Finance Team in Walsall. This role is ideally placed with someone with a Tech background in Procurement, who is used to working with, and competent in contracts, multi tasking and working on various projects at once. 
 
You will have real determination and a positive 'can do' attitude. Business partnering skills would be highly beneficial as you will be expected to build positive relationships, influence people and manage stakeholders effectively. 
 
We work in a hybrid way, mostly remote with a requirement to travel into our Walsall office twice a week to work with the team. With that in mind you will be located within a convenient commute to Walsall.
 
PURPOSE OF YOUR ROLE

The role of the Category Manager will be to own and manage a c£50m Tech and Change category, consisting of 5 key areas: Software, Hardware, telecoms, professional services and IT systems

Ability to manage full tender process’ and present sourcing recommendations for approval at an Executive level by demonstrating expertise on the procurement process followed and by providing clear rationale to support decisions

Support internal stakeholders with supplier relationship management of key contracts including: attendance/governance of Quarterly Business Reviews, review of supplier scorecards, performance reviews and risk assessments

Liaising with Legal to ensure appropriate contractual terms are secured and risk is minimised across designated categories

Ensure savings are delivered through income generation, cost reduction and cost avoidance initiatives

Managing and reducing retrospective unapproved spend on a monthly basis

Support the Director of Procurement  in delivery of agreed objectives in line with the procurement strategy. Providing a commercial procurement category management function for multiple categories of this company's expenditure.

This role does not have any direct line reports but does require the ability to lead cross functional teams.

Engages employees by consistently role modelling company values and behaviours and proactively encouraging others to do the same.

In line with our policy, responsible for ensuring that the principle of ‘Treating Customers Fairly’ is an intrinsic part of the organisation’s culture by identifying, monitoring and managing any risks within the business.

PRINCIPLE ACCOUNTABILITIES
  • Deliver specific savings and efficiency targets
  • Initiate and lead projects to identify significant opportunities to reduce costs, reduce operational and commercial risks and increase value
  • Own the development of category strategies including research and analysis to identify category saving opportunities and develop strategic category plans.
  • Represent Procurement within the businesses, engendering trust and confidence with business leaders
  • Manage risks linked to purchasing activity by promoting compliance with agreed group policies, legal requirements, and by engendering professional ethics.
  • Ensure appropriate vendor management is structured, to consistently improve defined performance criteria, in conjunction with business stakeholders.
  • Ensure all areas within remit comply with all legal and statutory requirements applicable, including but not exclusively FCA legislation, data protection, health and safety and corporate governance.
  • Ensure all staff within remit have the requisite skills, experience, qualifications, knowledge and competence to perform the roles assigned to them
  • Manage all aspects of procurement within remit with due skill, care and diligence including effective controls, risk management and mitigation and delegation of activity to appropriate skilled and competent persons
In addition, the role will provide HomeServe with specific expertise in the following areas;
  • Market and Needs Analysis
  • Sourcing Strategy
  • Tender preparation and analysis
  • Negotiation
  • Functional process and procedure optimization ( e.g. e-procurement solutions)
  • Contracting
  • Continuous Improvement and Supplier Relationship Management
 

About You

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
 
Essential:
  • Experience of managing large value/complex procurement tenders.

  • Experience within a broad range of indirect categories.

  • Experience presenting at a senior level with confidence.

  • Experience of managing cross functional teams.

Desirable:

  • MCIPS
  • Marketing Procurement including subcategories such as: Media, Print or Direct Mail
  • Change management
  • Project management
  • Process reengineering

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