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Global IT Category Manager - Up to £75k - Watford

Global IT Category Manager - Up to £75k - Watford

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    7 months ago

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Role: Global IT Category Manager

Location: Watford

Salary: up to £75k

Hybrid Working: 2 days a week in office

Are you an experienced IT Category Manager looking for an exciting Global opportunity?

The role is ideally suited to someone with experience in Services, Digital and/or Merchandising IT.

Key Responsibilities

Global Strategic Sourcing

  • Executes global, international and national category plans via tools embedded in the strategic sourcing methodology and in collaboration with internal business partners
  • Embraces regional international and cross-functional multi-cultural teams in the execution of the strategic sourcing process and the implementation of the strategy
  • Develops and evolves product or service requirements across all brands and geographies
  • Maximises opportunities to leverage multi-divisional requirements to create larger pools of sourcing to increase savings
  • Prepares a regional negotiation plan and executes accordingly involving legal as necessary.
  • Pro-actively uses state-of-the-art automated sourcing processes including but not limited to auctions, RFX's, and relationship management systems

Regional Vendor Management

  • Manages the commercial element of supplier relationships
  • Understands tradeoffs of risk, quality, and cost, and be able to manage each area through supplier management, contracting, and negotiations
  • Maintains fair, courteous and productive relationships with all international strategic vendors and reinforces positive brand image within the vendor community
  • Looks to identify or develop and incorporate innovative products, services, approaches such as off-shoring, out-sourcing, consortia development, best country sourcing to support low-cost producer strategy

Contract compliance

  • Ensure that appropriate contractual terms are implemented ensuring that the agreed terms are carried out in practice
  • Prepares IT category reports for their Manager and the GSPLT


  • Raises market innovation for the IT category and brings applicable ideas to the business for testing, cost modelling and performance measurement

People Management and Leadership

  • Supports the optimization of £800 million indirect spend
  • On a category basis, undertakes annual sourcing initiatives delivering between £1 and £2 million in yearly savings.
  • Responsible and impacts up to £50 million (2019 spend) in IT spend in Europe but may also be involved in influencing global IT spend of £441 million (2019 spend)
  • Manages key strategic and day to day operational regional supplier relationships by actively planning and delivering on action items through the management of regional and national account executives
  • Actively represents within the global supplier community and the business world at large
  • Vendor management and the harvesting of innovation from our vendor community is an integral part of the job description.
  • Recommends category initiative within portfolio of spend (10 to 20 initiatives per year)
  • Decides on negotiation plan and executes accordingly
  • Recommendation for final vendor selection

Key Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Educated to degree level; membership of CIPS desirable
  • Experience in off shoring and outsourcing
  • Expertise in global strategic category sourcing
  • Multi-country negotiations and contracts
  • Experience/track record in managing multinational business partners
  • IT category experience and knowledge
  • GEP/Oracle or similar e-sourcing/P2P experience/knowledge
  • Strong business and people management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship development skills
  • Strong training & development skills
  • Advanced Excel and Powerpoint is a must