Category Management Lead


Plymouth, United Kingdom
Job Type
Up to £45K DOE

Experienced Category Management Lead required for well established manufacturer based in Plymouth. Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, the successful Category Management Lead will be responsible for managing a significant portion of the client’s indirect cost structure. Through in-depth knowledge of indirect categories and development of strong supplier interfaces, the Category Management Lead will creatively influence many purchase transactions making a significant contribution to the success of the business. This role will also provide administration support when required to maximise the duty draw back program as well as ensuring compliance with latest HM Customs legislation for imports and exports.

Category Management Lead - Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage purchases of indirect categories and service.
  • Identify major categories through analysis of current spend and suppliers.
  • Utilise strategic sourcing processes to manage assigned categories by identifying stakeholders, defining and implementing a strategy that reduces cost, improves quality, delivery performance, and the company’s competitive position within the market place.
  • Consolidate spend to create leverage, purchasing trends and sourcing alternatives.
  • Identify new high potential suppliers.
  • Develop key performance measures for chosen suppliers and negotiate on multiple variables to award longer-term strategic contracts that result in significant cost reduction and improved service levels.
  • Manage respective supplier relationships and performance.
  • Manage multiple projects and track progress / schedules.
  • Develop expertise in assigned categories through external research, analysis of cost drivers and life cycle costs.
  • Provide market intelligence and category price trends.
  • Implementation of appropriate procedures to ensure import and export compliance keeping up-to-date with latest customs regulations.
  • Monitoring and development of existing Inward Processing facility. Provide administration support when required to maximise the recovery of duties payable.
  • Provide administration support for all purchasing and customs related transactions.

 Category Management Lead - Essential Experience, Education and Attributes Required:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic sourcing processes with a minimum five years procurement and customs experience from within a manufacturing background.
  • MCIPS Qualification (or part CIPS qualified and working toward MCIPS qualification).
  • Proven product and market knowledge relative to one or more of the indirect categories (industrial services and supplies, MRO, facilities maintenance, energy and utilities).
  • Expertise in negotiation with the ability to influence and build effective relationships.
  • Experience of implementation and development of Vendor Managed Inventory solutions for Consumable and MRO items.
  • Demonstrated ability work in a cross-functional environment and to work with key stakeholders at various levels.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to self-motivate, multi-task and work independently.
  • Excellent IT skills- particularly in MS Excel V-Lookup and Pivot Table functions
  • Leadership for all indirect procurement activity to support operations and sales output.
  • Possess drive and enthusiasm to be a champion for the procurement department.
  • Approach work with high levels of energy and be creative and innovative. Possess a leadership style that focuses on people and be able to inspire trust.
  • Possess a long-range perspective and a strong desire to challenge the status-quo.
  • Willingness to travel in accordance with business needs.

Category Management Lead – Desirable Education and Experience.

  • Degree in Supply Chain, Logistics or Business.
  • Proven knowledge and experience of customs import and export processes and regulations.

If you are an experienced Category Management Lead, and are currently looking for a new challenge then please submit an up to date CV by using the ‘apply’ button below.

For an informal chat with regards to this role please call 01752 252533 and ask for Samantha Luxton.

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