Senior Category Manager


  • Contact: SSE Plc

Base Location: Glasgow

Salary: £43,200 - £65,500 depending on skills and experience + annual bonus

Working Pattern: Permanent Full Time & flexible working patterns available 37 hours per week

About the Department

Our Procurement and Commercial team are responsible for helping the business to procure services and materials in a timely and cost-effective way. We work right across the SSE Group, ensuring our businesses gets the best possible service and value from our supplier network, as well as ensuring all service providers are compliant and continue to meet contractual obligations and business need.

What is the Role

Reporting directly into the Lead Category Manager, the primary function of this role will be to develop and deliver complex long-term strategic plans following a category management approach to the procurement of a specified portfolio of spend covering MRO and Operations and Maintenance requirements within the Renewables marketplace. You should have a track record in improved spend compliance, driving efficiencies, mitigate supply risks and drive down the total cost of ownership to the organisation.

As Senior Category Manager, you and your team are responsible for conducting internal and external analyses and engage effectively with stakeholders to determine optimum value creation opportunities for that category e.g. sourcing strategies, process improvements, renegotiation strategies etc. In addition, you will be required to develop relationships and work closely with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure the development and delivery of category strategies are aligned with corporate and business unit strategies and value drivers.

You will liaise directly with the Lead Category Manager on a regular basis and will be required to provide updates on category performance and provide additional insight through reporting and commentary as required. In addition, you will be responsible for analysing the spend per category to detail opportunities such as; savings, strategic importance to the organisation, level of risk or to simply identify any lack of compliance with the category plan. Accountabilities will also include managing the supplier ability to comply with their contractual obligations as well as reducing risk and improving sustainability to improve the quality and reliability of the supply chain.

What do I need?

To be successful in applying for this position, you should ideally be degree educated (or equivalent) with a CIPS qualification and a detailed track record of procurement experience within a similar environment. You should have a sound understanding and experience of Category Management and its implementation and an ability to secure commitment on actions from all stakeholders. You will be expected to have a broad knowledge of the global market place and associated contracts with an ability to draft special terms including dispute procedures. An understanding of various aspects of the above group of products and services as well as an understanding of company policies and legal procedures is desirable. You will be expected to be fully conversant in procurement related IT systems such as Oracle, Emptoris and Achilles Utilities Vendor Database.

In addition, you will be a confident and enthusiastic team player with excellent negotiation skills, advanced analytical and numeracy skills, an ability to influence people and a confident decision maker who can challenge the norm and think creatively.

Our Benefits

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Next Steps

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