Procurement Category Manager

British Red Cross

Procurement Category Manager Location: UK Flexible Location – home working with occasional office visits when needed. Full time: 35 hours per week Contract type: Fixed term – 18 months. Likely to go permanent afterwards. Salary: Circa £50,000 + £3344 Inner London weighting if applicable.

Are you a seasoned procurement manager looking for your next challenge? This could be the ideal opportunity for you.

We have a fantastic opportunity to join the British Red Cross as a Procurement Category Manager where you will develop and proactively deliver end to end procurement processes in collaboration with key stakeholders, to deliver sustained value aligned to our strategic objectives.

This will be a rewarding role for the right person, not only will you be contributing to a global charity, but your contributio ns will have significant reach and will enable us in supporting people in crisis.

What you will be doing…

As a Category Manager, you will develop and lead assigned sourcing categories in areas such as Corporate Services, IT & Telecoms, Marketing & Sales, Facility Management, HR Services or Professional Services. This will include stakeholder management, market analysis, supplier & spend management, category strategy definition & implementation to achieve best value for British Red Cross.

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, and as part of the team based in Paisley, you will manage procurement activities for various indirect and direct categories to ensure all aspects of procurement and supplier management is carried out in a capable, thorough and professional manner to achieve the business targets, mitigate risk while ensuring value for money, savings and efficiencies.

Your daily work will focus on regular communication and partnership with senior stakeholders, strategy development, project management and activities related to the tender to contract process. You will provide a cross-organisational scope of category management on the level of £10-20m with a high level of supply base complexity.

What we are looking for…

An experienced strategic procurement professional with the ability to develop and execute category strategy for high value/ complex spend.

You’ll be educated to a degree level or equivalent (preferably MCIPS) or relevant experience.

Extensive experience in Strategic sourcing function with strong track record of category management in various spend areas (direct and indirect) and a demonstrable experience of value delivery through variety of strategic procurement levers and practical application of sustainable procurement principles.

A great communicator with advanced stakeholder and supplier management skills, confident working with senior stakeholders and able to influence key decision makers to lead companywide changes

Experience in managing all categories in procurement (including: Professional Services, HR Services, IT, Marketing and Sales, Facilities and Direct Materials) , from a procurement perspective is desirable.

Experience in managing and coaching staff members.

Please note: The post will manage procurement activities for spend relating to UK-wide operations. Travel to other locations and work outside normal hours may be required on occasions.

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on the 29th September with interviews anticipated to be held shortly after.

Need help completing your application or supporting statement? Please read our useful “Candidate Application Guidance” document in the “Additional Information” link.

What you’ll get in return

As well as a rewarding role with a global charity, we offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include: • 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays) • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave • Up to 6% contributory pension • Flexible working policy • Discounts from a range of high street and online retailers • Genuine investment in your professional development

A little bit more about us…

The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country – we’re there when you need us.

Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.

At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Diversity is something we celebrate, and we want you to be able to bring your authentic-self to the Red Cross. We want you to feel that you are in an inclusive environment, and a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.

In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.

If you are appointed to a role within BRC you will be subject to the organisation’s Code of Conduct, a copy of which you can find on our website.

The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

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