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Procurement Category Manager - Electrical Engineer

  • Sector: Commercial
  • Location: Windsor
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 02/11/2016
  • Duration: 12 months
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The Role:
The Senior Category Manager is an important role within the Procurement team in ensuring that value is delivered to the business. The role works closely with in the Procurement team, senior internal stakeholders and external third parties and continuously seeks to improve value delivery through a framework of Category Management. The role ensures Procurement is perceived as a positive, significant, value adding integral partner to the business. Specific categories covered shall be Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Goods and Services within the Distributed Energy business unit.


End-to-end Category Management
* Provides a deep knowledge, understanding and leadership of end to end Category Management within relevant categories. Ensures value is maximised from the contract negotiation through the whole life cycle of the category.
* Works closely with business stakeholders to understand their needs in detail both today and in the future.
* Proactively develops a robust strategic sourcing strategy for use within specific categories which delivers breakthrough results and year on year continuous improvement.

External Market Expertise:
* Be seen by the business as the Procurement / commercial expert for the category.
* Understand the category and provide leadership and insight for the business on all aspects of market dynamics, regulatory framework, suppliers and technical innovations.

* Lead team members to source and procure a range of goods and services across one or more expenditure categories, ensuring optimum value for money within defined service and quality criteria.
* Identify opportunities for, lead and evaluate competitive tenders and proposals for the supply of goods and services, negotiating with suppliers on all commercial and contractual matters and applying judgement as to what constitutes an acceptable level of contractual risk and supply resilience.
* Create negotiation strategies and lead complex negotiations.
* Deliver a "fit for purpose" sourcing and selection approach which is flexible and delivery focussed.

Supplier Management
* Within the Category Management framework, develop, build and maintain supplier engagement through appraisal and performance monitoring, value analysis, continuous improvement, supplier / supply base development, compliance and demand management.
* Coordinate multiple stakeholder interfaces and touch points across the business to ensure a consistent approach.
* Ensure compliance to contract terms, both legal and commercial (including value delivery). Lead management of contractual risk and agree in conjunction with senior stakeholders steps to ensure remediation or reduction.
* Provide effective overview of supplier performance to contract and support operational teams, if performance issues arise.
* Manage commercial interfaces between senior stakeholders within the business and suppliers. Lead communication between the key internal stakeholders and suppliers to ensure a consistent approach.
* Resolve contractual and supplier disputes where they occur, protecting the interests of the business at all times and engaging legal business partners where required. Gain appropriate remediation/recompense for the business if appropriate.
* Ensure robust working relationships with any pre-existing business-embedded SRM functions, creating an efficient and seamless flow of activity between the teams for the projects or categories being managed.
* Consult in the budgeting process in relation to supplier spend and engage on supplier cost saving initiatives, leading where appropriate.
* Challenge requirements and re-negotiate contracts in life and at renewal to optimise value and drive cost savings.

* Clear understanding of Category Management principles.
* Detailed understanding of relevant categories.
* Comprehensive knowledge of end to end Category Management including market insight, business partnering, negotiation, on-going supplier management and governance.
* Experience of complex and business significant categories of expenditure through multiple functions within Category Management and maximising value to the business.
* Demonstrable track record of transformational value delivery through identification and implementation of innovative sourcing strategies, continuous improvement plans and demand management.
* Understanding of general and contract law.
* Demonstrable track record of leading complex contract negotiations.
* Understanding of the commercial aims and objectives of the company

Work Experience
* Engagement up to a senior level demonstrating the ability to influence stakeholders and manage conflicting views. Effective networking and business partnering skills.
* Self directed, pro-active, flexible, resilient, motivated and results oriented.
* Experience of working in a global matrix organisation.
* Evidence of managing a category through the whole life cycle, ensuring the value created in the negotiation stage hits the bottom line.
* Confidence and credibility with excellent communication, relationship management and networking skills.
* Advanced influencing, persuading and negotiating skills. Ability to present complex ideas/concepts and take a consultative approach with stakeholders and peers.
* Excellent analytical skills with the ability to identify and expeditiously exploit commercial opportunities. Advanced skill using MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
* Imagination and creativity.
* Ability to meet deadlines/deliver on promises.
* Experience in a Construction, Utility, Renewables team,
* EPC / NEC contracting
* Ability to create category plans on Goods & Services agreements

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
EPC/NEC contracts
Construction, Utility or Renewable experience

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