Category Manager - Professional Services

Recruiter
BAE Systems.
Location
Guildford
Salary
Competitive
Posted
10 Jul 2019
Closes
03 Oct 2019
Ref
72364
Sector
Consultancy
Job Type
Permanent
The Applied Intelligence division of BAE Systems delivers solutions which protect and enhance the connected world. Everything we do creates a safer future.
We want to solve problems for our customers and by bringing together great minds, we can work together to make the world a safer place.
 
 
About the role
The primary objective of the Category Management team is to provide the business with year on year cost reduction and competitive advantage by proactively providing partnerships, agreements, frameworks and Strategic Relationship Management (SRM). This role reports to the Head of Sourcing & Category Management and will be responsible for defining the global strategy for Technology expenditure and associated sub-categories, including Hardware, Software, Hosting & Telecommunications. As a Category expert you will be expected to provide ongoing development and implementation of Category and Sub-Category strategies which typically cover a 1-3 year horizon and are aligned with the business requirements. You will be expected to build excellent relationships and work closely with key business stakeholders at all levels to ensure business requirements are clearly understood and aligned with the Category sourcing strategies, providing expert external supply market knowledge to the business.
 What you'll be doing
  • Develop and implement a Category Strategy Plan covering all elements of category management (define, analysis, execute and manage)
  • Engage cross functional and cross business teams in category management activities, contributing and influencing the business to deliver the right supply solution and mitigate supply risk
  • Use a range of tools to analyse the defined category (spend, market and supplier analysis)
  • Develop category strategy and document associated value for money proposition
  • Execute category sourcing strategy in line with company processes
  • Develop and undertake supplier capability assessments
  • Create negotiation strategies and lead those negotiations
  • Work with the businesses and other functions to ensure category recommendations meet expectations and best outcomes are achieved
  • Manage supplier performance (review progress, assess progress and close contract)
  • Management of supply base within the category and associated supplier assurance
  • Provide domain expertise to support business winning activities
  • Act as champions for the global procurement transformation project, with a particular focus on embedding category management across the businesses
  • Acts as an Ambassador of the Procurement organisation with internal stakeholders and external suppliers
  • Support development of material for category management to standardise processes, document lessons learned and good practice and deliver improved operational efficiency
  • Report to senior leaders verbally and in writing on the progress of the category strategy, in particular against savings made and future savings projections
  • Owns and delivers the category in year savings plan

What we're looking for
  • A proven ability to lead and execute strategic sourcing initiatives
  • Excellent stakeholder management, communication, challenging and influencing skills Ability to translate complex procurement guidance into simple, straightforward and practical advice. A proven record of delivering value for money, commercially astute with excellent negotiation and influencing skills. Project management skills. Understand and challenge current ways of working to improve efficiency and drive collaboration
    Be bold and innovative in the approach to problem solving, setting an example for other members of the procurement function to follow
Security Clearance is required for this vacancy. If you are not currently Security Cleared, you will need to be eligible for this and willing to go through the process. For more guidance on National Security Vetting please click here.
 
About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence:
We help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cyber crime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations.  We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes.
 
Our success is down to our people. The changing nature of our business means that we're constantly looking for the brightest talent to help us fulfil our ambitions. As an experienced professional, we'll entrust you with responsibility; this means that you'll have client contact, variety and support from day one.
 
We'll encourage and support you to develop your skills and reward you as you grow. Whatever your area of expertise, you'll be much more than just a job title; you'll be an integral part of the business where your individual contribution makes a difference every day. Great minds deserve great rewards, so we also offer a very competitive salary and benefits package.
 
Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. Staying competitive in today's global marketplace requires an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds - the best and brightest minds - can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. We also welcome discussions about flexible working.
 
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