Category Manager

    Scottish Borders Permanent
  • A global manufacturing organisation with a fantastic reputation in their field
  • Flexible working offered

About Our Client

A global manufacturing organisation looking for an experienced Category Manager

Job Description

  • Building and driving relationships with key suppliers to improve pricing and quality of services.
  • Placing appropriate orders to ensure supply meets demand and ensuring customer requirements are met on time and in full.
  • Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement.
  • Benchmarking activities in: Low-Cost Country Sourcing, Direct Material spend, Supplier Tier 1 to Tier 3 leverage and consolidation opportunities, identifying market trends, supply trends.
  • Benchmarking activities covering categories, sites, products and suppliers
  • Lead the supplier selection and nomination process
  • Negotiate contracts, improved pricing, and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings, utilising negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods.
  • Monitor supplier's performance (cost, quality, delivery).
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities.
  • Maintain all system parameters for suppliers and parts
  • Develop creative and innovative procurement processes
  • Provide metrics of the Group spend
  • Identify new opportunities for business improvement

The Successful Applicant

  • CIPS qualified or equivalent with exceptional negotiation skills
  • Degree educated (engineering, science, business admin) or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Demonstrable history of volume buying with complex supplier bases and the benefits realised
  • Strong evidence and experience collaborating with suppliers located in low-cost countries
  • Purchasing or sourcing experience at an OEM or Tier 1 supplier to an OEM
  • Are a skilled user of ERP systems and planning systems preferably SAP and AX2012
  • S&OP experience
  • A strong working knowledge of world class procurement techniques that are innovative is required to enable the business to implement a best-in-class procurement function
  • A manufacturing background would be highly advantageous but incumbents who can demonstrate success in a similar role in other industries will be considered
  • Strong user of MS Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint

What's on Offer

Competitive salary and benefits package

My client is offering remote working, however there is a requirement to attend agreed minimum of monthly site meetings

Gail Halkett
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Phone number
+44 141 331 7957

Job summary

Procurement & Supply Chain
Direct Procurement
Industrial / Manufacturing
Scottish Borders
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Consultant name
Gail Halkett
Consultant phone
+44 141 331 7957
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