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Category Director (001876) in London at Inmarsat

Date Posted: 6/10/2018

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Job Description

Role Context:

After establishing a Global Procurement some 3 years ago Inmarsat is expanding its Category team to further develop is strategic procurement capabilities and identify cost control opportunities across the business.

The business has been acquisitive and is going through a period of integration and consolidation.  To support this exciting transformation we are establishing a team of Category experts to support the existing team in leveraging further procurement opportunities and cost control across the business. 

You will operate across a diverse spend portfolio, develop strategic stakeholder relationships and deliver Procurement strategies and objectives across the business.

Job Requirements

Primary Purpose:

The Category Director will develop, agree and implement a category strategy that ensures that goods and services are procured in a cost effective and efficient manner for the business.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Ownership of overall category
  2. Develop, lead and deliver category and sub-category strategies and procurement projects within the overall category programme, such that the relevant internal team is supportive and clear on the vision, strategy and implementation process.
  3. Provide support, advice and guidance to managers, and lead on areas such as market analysis, supplier development, tender processes, data analysis and negotiation to ensure savings are delivered within a best practice framework.
  4. Lead on related category negotiations with suppliers to ensure savings are achieved, and value for money and efficiencies are secured for the business.
  5. Develop and deploy expertise within a particular area of spend (category) as required to achieve best value procurement solutions.
  6. Develop and manage relationships with key suppliers that contribute to capacity and capability development, enhance control of the supply chain, process improvement and promote a partnering approach to managing contracts.
  7. Devise, collect and analyse spend and market data in support of procurement strategies including collaborative working and shared services.
  8. Manage significant and complex supplier contracts in line with policies and procedures to drive both value and compliance for the Company
  9. Day to day management of Category Specialist and indirect influence over other procurement team members


Essential Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent category management skills and experience in sourcing a broad range of good and services in relevant category area.
  • Evidence of developing and implementing category strategies either in a leading or supporting role
  • Strong negotiation and stakeholder management skills
  • Management of end to end RFP processes,  contract award and supplier management


Desirable Knowledge and Skills:

  • Educated to degree level
  • CIPS or working towards
  • Experience working in a complex global or multisite FTSE100/FTSE250


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