Senior Category Manager

Scotland, Glasgow
£43200 - £65500 per annum
04 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Senior Category Manager

Location: Glasgow

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

Permanent | Full Time Hours with flexible working patterns available | 37 hours per week

Our Role

SSE is one of the largest and most diverse Energy companies in the UK and Ireland with around 9 million customers and over 19,000 staff. We currently have an exciting permanent staff opportunity for a Senior Category Manager to join our Procurement & Commercial team to support our Retail & Corporate led categories (e.g. HR & Consultancy, Professional Services, FM, Fleet, Marketing). The fundamental aspect of this role is to ensure that any SSE group requirements are captured and fulfilled against these categories.

Reporting directly into the Lead Category Manager, the primary function of this role will be to lead a team of Category Managers and Strategic Procurement Officers in the execution of a category management approach to the procurement of a specified portfolio of spend to ensure compliance, drive 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.

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 market place and associated contracts with an ability to draft special terms including dispute procedures. An understanding of various aspects of a 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 numeracy skills, an ability to influence people and a confident decision maker who can challenge the norm and think creatively.

Our Company

We all have different skills here at SSE and that's what makes us stand out. We all take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Passionate about people and proud of our award winning customer service, we go to great lengths to extend these values to our employees. This enables our diverse workforce the flexibility and opportunity of developing to their full potential. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if it's not safe, we don't do it'.

Our Benefits

Lots of good things, including 34 days' holidays (inclusive of public holidays), pension plans and paid volunteering days. Click here for a full breakdown;

Next Steps

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Closing date for applications is: Monday 14th January 2019

This vacancy is open to internal and external candidates. If you're internal, please notify your line manager before you submit your application. If you're successful, we'll conduct some pre-employment checks.

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