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Head of Category Management

Our client is currently recruiting for a Head of Category Management to lead a team and be responsible for the strategic commercial direction for the Corporate, HR and Professional Services spend areas. This is a greenfield / brownfield opportunity that would suit procurement / commercial professionals who can work across the full category lifecycle and have a track record in developing category strategies (including make or buy), market engagement, senior stakeholder engagement and team leadership. With a significant spend, these roles offer the opportunity to deliver flexible, creative, innovative a leading edge solutions.

Key deliverables include:-

  • Team leadership and management, including coaching and capability development.
  • Deliver ‘best in class’ category management, through developing innovative category strategies that demonstrate a clear focus on delivering value with consideration to either make vs buy
  • Work collaboratively across a wide senior stakeholder community to develop category strategies that deliver value and are sustainable
  • Possess excellent communication and consultative skills to build strong relationships with stakeholders / suppliers.

About you

The successful candidate will ideally bring a blend of the following:-

  • Strategic category management experience, ideally within either HR / People Services, Corporate or Professional Services spend
  • Ability to understand / map business processes and requirements, including looking at route cause analysis with a view to leading in-sourcing or out-sourcing category strategies
  • Outstanding stakeholder management skills, including ability to engage, influence and positively challenge in highly complex environments
  • Experience in leading, managing and developing the capability of commercial teams
  • A track record of thought leadership and transformation

This role attracts a salary of up to c£95k + bonus and can be contractually based out of either London, Bristol, Hampshire, Gloucestershire or Lanarkshire with the flexibility of home / office working.

Langley are a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

For further information please email info@langleysearch.com or call +44(0) 333 366 0839 quoting 7936NR.

Procurement Lead (Competitive Dialogue)

Location: Andover or Bristol

An opportunity to join a leading public sector organisation at a very exciting transformative phase in its growth.  With responsibility for managing and leading the competitive dialogue process from a commercial perspective, we’re looking for someone with experience negotiating high value and complex commercial programmes/contracts, managing the commercial and operational risk. 

You will have the ability to manage and influence key internal and external stakeholders effectively in a complex environment and you’ll have experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in a medium to large scale commercial function.

Ideal experience required:

  • Excellent stakeholder relationship skills within complex commercial relationships.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Public Procurement Regulations on major outsourcing programmes in excess of £100m.
  • Experience working collaboratively with Industry to deliver innovation.
  • Team management expertise and the proven ability to develop the skills and competencies of your team to ensure the outputs are commercially sound.

.Langley Search & Interim is a diverse, minority-owned business and we are passionate about promoting diversity and equality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status or gender and particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

For further information please email simon.burr@langleysearch.com or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting the vacancy reference number.

Procurement Manager - Travel & FM

Category Manager       

 

 

My Client a leading Technology organisation is currently looking for a specialist Category Manager. The Category Manager will report to the Head of indirect Procurement helping internal stakeholders gain best value from their spend portfolio.  You will join the current team in delivering strategic and tactical procurement projects in FM, & Travel categories.

 

You will work closely with the business to run tendering processes, contract negotiations and ongoing vendor management.  You will get immediately involved in projects that are currently running and must be able to manage procurement projects to tight deadlines. 

 

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to see a diverse set of projects and experience technology, sourcing and procurement with an amazing brand.

 

Skills required:

 

  • Sourcing and procurement experience, across the categories of Travel, Events & FM (Hard & Soft)
  • Building relationships with key divisions and individuals to ascertain and understand stakeholder, business and customer requirements, strategy, challenges and opportunities. 
  • Experience of developing best practice governance, procedures and policies which protect the business from risk

 

Experience Required:

  • Experience working in blue-chip organisations.
  • Ideally educated to degree level
  • Procurement technical skills including negotiation skills, contract drafting, drafting of relevant RfPs etc and use of category management techniques in setting category plans
  • The ability to draw together requirements across multiple or individual business units and gain consensus on the procurement plan from the business
  • Excellent interpersonal/influencing skills.

 

 

For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to info@l angleysearch.com quoting MB/7750.

 

Langley Search & Selection (langleysearch. com) is the leading specialist recruiter in the procurement, supply chain and purchasing field.  We manage permanent and interim procurement and supply chain jobs across the UK, Europe and globally for our clients, from large global multinationals to SMEs

 

 

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