Category Specialist

  • Location

    Bristol, England

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  • Salary:

    Up to £45.00 per annum

  • Contact:

    Danielle Frost

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

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A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and knowledgeable Category Specialist to join a leading and innovative company based in Bristol. You will support the development and implementation of Category Management strategies and process including implementation, execution and performance management of contracts.

Main responsibilities of the Category Specialist:

  • Support the development of Procurement strategies that maximise value, based on understanding the business needs and the supply market potential;
  • Develop a good understanding of the specific supply markets relating to spend categories within the project
  • Meet requirements in support of the overall Category strategy by conducting sourcing activities
  • Conduct market engagement, tendering, evaluation, negotiation and contract award activities
  • Assist with the design of supply chains and the sourcing strategy for bids.
  • Manage the performance of key suppliers
  • Use appropriate metrics, to improve performance, increase levels of engagement, encourage innovation and deliver additional value from long-term contracts;
  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders across the business
  • Support operational activities, including bidding activities and mobilisation of new contracts

Qualifications and experience of the Category Specialist:

  • Previous experience in a strategic sourcing or category specialist role
  • Experience in engineering or defense type company would be ideal
  • A sound understanding of end to end sourcing and supplier management processes
  • A highly organised, self-motivated individual with the ability to prioritise a busy workload
  • Experience managing sourcing projects from conception through to completion
  • Strong data entry - IT skills - MS Office
  • Be eligible to achieve appropriate BPSS security clearance
  • CIPS qualified, or working towards, is desirable

Salary: Up to £45k plus Bonus/Benefits

Location: Bristol

Job Type: Permanent

This position would suit someone with experience as a Category Specialist, Category Manager, Commodity Manager, Senior Buyer, Engineering Buyer, Purchasing Manager, Procurement Manager, Subcontract Manager, Procurement Engineer, Contract Manager, Contracts Manager