Category Manager

19.00 - 20.00 GBP Hourly + GBP19 - GBP20/hour
20 May 2019
30 May 2019
Job Type
Contract Type
Regional Category Manager

About Company:

Our client is a global distributor of integrated supply chain solutions, and engineering support focused on delivering fasteners, components, industrial and safety supplies to our diverse customers around the world. Our local, on-the-ground teams understand the nuances of every community we serve. This allows us to adapt with our customers and partners as needs evolve, leveraging our footprint to remain at your side while providing a highly personalized level of service and support no matter where you find yourself around the globe.

Shift timing: Mon-Thurs 8am-4.45pm / Friday 8am - 1.30pm

Salary: GBP20 Per hour

Job Type- Temporary

Position overview:

Our client is currently searching for an enthusiastic and energetic Regional Category Manager to be responsible for translating category strategies into actionable plans and building key supplier relationships to support these strategies. Working closely with key stakeholders, the Category Manager will proactively identify areas of opportunity for cost savings and performance improvements.

This role reports directly to the Regional Category Director, who reports to the VP, Global Category Management in the USA.

Main responsibilities:

Key participant in supplier audits including solvency assessments;

Partner with key internal resources to optimize cost performance and support the Sales team with Customer meetings, when required;

Serve as primary escalation within company for assigned supplier partners, resolving critical supply chain issues while maintaining supplier relationships;

Manage and maintain Supplier pricing agreements [vendor cost];

Monitor and ensure supplier compliance to negotiated costs;

Drive implementation of all supplier agreements and ensure on-going compliance;

Manage KPIs for assigned category/suppliers and take corrective actions, as required;

Execute defined supplier strategies (Exit, Leverage, Maintain) ;

Work with Supplier Quality on supplier improvement initiatives and new supplier development;

Define and manage customer-specific cost reduction projects;

Other relevant tasks and duties, as assigned.

Key Competencies:

The ideal candidate should have the following competencies:

Strategic Vision.

Building organizational capacity.

Results driven.

Embrace change.

Collaboration and Influence.

Entrepreneurial spirit.

Customer value and Market focus.

Skills and Qualifications required:

Bachelors' degree from an accredited college or university, or proven work experience;

Strong experience in procurement, background as a Buyer or Category Manager;

Preferably automotive or manufacturing sector experience;

Interest in developing a career within procurement, MCIPS qualified or part-qualified greatly beneficial;

Analytical with inquisitive mindset, ability to analyse situation, problem-solve and propose resolutions;

Excellent negotiation skills, ability to 'push back' for example when increases are proposed;

Ability to complete work assignments accurately and quickly; ability to manage more than one initiative at once;

Sense of urgency and comfort working in a fast-paced environment with a variety of simultaneous projects;

Self-starter, motivated, team focused and results driven;

High energy, ability to seek out information and quickly build relationships- both internal and external;

Ability to prioritize and multi-task with a sense of urgency in an extremely fast paced work environment with tight deadlines;

Strong negotiating and closing techniques;

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, and presentation skills;

Strong work ethic - self-starter able to demonstrate strong proactive approach and self-initiative; persistent and tenacious; excessive level of commitment and dedication to meet aggressive deadlines with high-quality results;

Demonstrated flexibility and open-mindedness around change; positive, can-do attitude;

Demonstrated negotiation, risk mitigation and cost management experience;

Proficient in use of Microsoft Office and other computer based systems.

This is a fantastic opportunity to provide significant input into cost saving initiatives within the business, through building significant relationships with our suppliers and internal stakeholders. This busy and rewarding role has exposure to senior management, contributing to the success of the Global Category Management team.

Our client provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, company complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training