Role details

IT Category Manager

Manchester   •   £60,000 - £65,000   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • City Centre Manchester
  • Established high performing procurement team

About Our Client

Financial Services organisation that was established in 1957. It has a number of branches across the United Kingdom and in excess of 4,000 employees.

Job Description

To provide an effective Procurement and cost management function within a multi site business involving the full spectrum of Procurement activity. To develop and implement a Procurement strategy for various categories of expenditure (primarily focussing on I.T.) and to develop strong relationships with key internal stakeholders. In addition to integrate with the supply base as appropriate and to ensure that the business is constantly attaining value for money in this area of spend.

The role will also provide on-going support to the Group Procurement Manager, other category managers and various other budget owners within the business as required.

  • Management of Procurement across various categories with a strong emphasis on I.T. including spend in areas of hardware, software, telecoms, maintenance, outsourcing and consumables.
  • Development of a company wide, robust and long term I.T. procurement strategy that delivers the associated goods and services cost effectively in collaboration with the IT Department.
  • Effectively manage and support key stakeholder relationships and continue to demonstrate the value that professional procurement can offer the business across all categories of spend.
  • Responsibility for managing and negotiating key external spend in order to optimise supplier spend, balancing costs against service levels and risks in the relevant areas.
  • Assist with the promotion, development and evolvement of the purchase-to-pay system in line with the overall Procurement strategy and direction.
  • Assist the Group Procurement Manager in maintaining and consistently applying the Procurement policy, the Procurement procedures and range of templates which are utilised within the Procurement process.
  • Develop, issue and manage RFI's and ITT's as appropriate to find the best Procurement solution that meets business and commercial needs.
  • Structure and lead commercial negotiations to ensure value for money is constantly achieved with the most appropriate supplier partners.
  • Draft contracts with clear specifications and effective and relevant key control measures.
  • Support the Group Procurement Manager and budget holder(s) in the active management of strategic suppliers.
  • Authorise spend to the level agreed within the authorisation hierarchy.
  • Provide and present category/management reports as required by the business.
  • Effectively maintain the contracts register and ensure all contracts that are due to expire are pro-actively considered for the programme of category reviews in advance of the review date.
  • Provide information as and when requested to the budget holder and to the Group Procurement Manager which will assist in the forecasting, re-forecasting and on going reporting on budgets as and when required.
  • Contribute towards the monthly board report including monitoring and tracking the various key performance indicators, and service levels, and taking the appropriate corrective action as appropriate.

The Successful Applicant

  • High level Procurement strategy development and execution.
  • Extensive experience of tendering, developing and managing various expenditure categories (with a strong emphasis on I.T.) including drafting, negotiating and agreeing legal contracts.
  • Senior stakeholder management.
  • Strong project management experience.
  • Strong knowledge of the supplier market in relation to the category expenditure areas managed within I.T. and other categories including Facilities, H.R., Marketing plus a number of others.
  • Able to think laterally and be creative in terms of looking at supply chain solutions and in terms of improving the wider procurement offering.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong relationship building skills (internal and external).
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Excellent decision making skills.
  • Highest levels of professionalism and integrity.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Excellent time management, planning and organisational skills.
  • The ability to work accurately, with attention to detail and to be able to prioritise and manage own workload.
  • Excellent numeric and literacy skills.
  • Deep analytical mind-set - leave no stone unturned
  • Flexible in approach with the ability to multi-task.
  • Supportive and dependable team player.
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with tight deadlines.
  • Computer literate and have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office packages including Excel, Outlook and Word.
  • High personal drive - sets stretching targets for self and others.

What's on Offer

Competitive salary and benefits

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