Category Manager

International market leader in its field looking to recruit an experienced Category Manager to support their continued growth, the successful applicant will ensure the security of supply of externally purchased materials and services in line with business needs in the most cost effective & time critical way whilst ensuring safety and quality. Responsible for the total cost and supplier management of commodity groups for supplier spend in the range (approx.): Directs: £50-70m with 2-3 Direct reports to manage. Lead strategic sourcing activities and on-going Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) initiatives with all suppliers in the nominated category group in order to manage the total cost of acquisition and support the needs of the business. Ensure the Category team adhere to all aspects of procedures and practices. Lead collaboration with members of the Operations and wider business stakeholders to drive continuous improvement in all aspects of supply of goods and services. Main Duties/Responsibilities Develop the Category team to ensure they have the necessary and appropriate tools and skills to delivery annual Objectives for Procurement & Materials Management team. Lead the Category team to review & understand commodity and market pricing via analysis of raw material fluctuations, currency movement and market trends/demands to support cost reduction via negotiation, internal waste reduction projects & design/development improvements. Conduct strategic sourcing activities for the roles defined commodity groups using category management toolkit, to derive term contracts, manage supply base and instigate supplier continuous improvement programmes. Construction and negotiation of supply contracts with external suppliers. Liaise with other members of the Operations group (e.g., Planning, Logistics, Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality) to ensure production supply is optimised for inventory and efficient/timely production schedule adherence including e.g., development of vendor managed inventory, quality audits, and supplier performance reviews. Support the Category Buyer Development and the wider Development and Design team to ensure that New Product Introduction processes are supported and that return on investment (ROI) targets are met Lead make vs buy analysis and implement appropriate solutions as appropriate. Undertake assessment of multiple market solutions where available including (but not limited to) low-cost country sourcing opportunities where appropriate Adhere to administration systems ensuring agreed processes of the purchase cycle such as order format, delivery schedules etc. are complied with. Track and report supplier performance, purchase price variance and other relevant KPIs including project updates and benefits delivered. Support the wider Procurement & Materials Management team through training and development initiatives. Working with a range of business stakeholders, support the construction and deployment of category strategies. KPIs (key focus items) Team satisfaction (through Insights survey) Cost of materials / services Reporting of Profit Improvement Plans (PIP) - TCO approach- Process & Waste, Development & Engineering, Cost of Quality Supplier Performance (OTIF) and other relevant contractual measures depending on the commodity group(s) Working capital improvements (inventory and/or supplier terms) Person Specification At least 10 years Procurement experience preferably (but not essentially) from a manufacturing background e.g., Automotive, FMCG industries Leadership experience managing procurement teams CIPS or equivalent qualifications preferred Computer literate Microsoft applications e.g., Word and Excel Knowledge of business enterprise resource planning (ERP) and also procurement technologies (e.g., eSourcing platforms) would be desirable Demonstrable strong collaboration and communication skills at all levels by showing good presentation skills with a willingness to embrace change Track record of delivery of cost benefits and supplier relationship development in a Blue-Chip environment Data driven approach to problem solving Excellent negotiation skills Demonstrable influencing skills Extensive contract negotiation skills commercial and legal aspects A comprehensive working knowledge of budgets and financial matters in a manufacturing environment If you have the required experiences listed above and are currently looking for a new challenge, then please submit an up to date CV by using the apply button below.
South West England, England, UK
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