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Category Manager

About the role

We’re looking for an experienced Category Manager/Procurement Specialist to join a highly established organisation in the education sector, on a permanent basis.

Based in Newcastle.

You will be responsible for all aspects of developing and implementing a strategic Laboratory & Engineering category management plan and the underlying sourcing strategies, supplier, and contract management as well as policy and regulatory compliance

This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that the Laboratory & Engineering category management plan is fully integrated and adopted within relevant Faculties and Services.

Job Role

  • Setting the strategic direction of the Laboratory & Engineering Category, leading the development and implementation of the Category Plan based on market knowledge and (Category) data analysis.

  • Developing and implementing sourcing strategies for new projects and key renewals ensuring that these strategies deliver clear Value for Money benefits.

  • Running tenders and leading supplier commercial and contract negotiations.

  • Implement effective supplier and contract management for key suppliers, including management of KPIs and performance dashboards.

  • Provide input into the development of costing and pricing for commercial bids and implementation of income/grant-funded projects, ensuring that this underpins commercial procurement decisions and funding rules where required.

Skills/Experience

  • Leading tenders and supplier commercial and contract negotiations.

  • Building strategic relationships with key stakeholders to achieve a position as trusted advisor on procurement and commercial matters.

  • Effective supplier and contract management.

  • Analytical and problem-solving capabilities.

  • Strong strategic focus and commercial sensitivity and acumen.

  • CIPS qualified to level 7 or extensive equivalent experience.


If you are interested in this Category Manager role, click ‘apply now’ and one of the team will be in touch to discuss the role further.

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