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Indirect Senior Procurement Category Manager

Job reference: 002409

Closing date: 24/02/2019

Salary: Competitive

Department: Finance

Hours per week: 36.17 hours per week

We’re continuing to build a motivated, thought leading, top drawer Procurement team.  We are recruiting for a Senior Procurement Category Manager who will support the development of a culture  where everyone is cost conscious, smart spenders, looking for ways to save every day and challenge where they see waste.  You’ll engage colleagues and stakeholders to think and work cross functionally to drive organisational efficiency. Suppliers will want to partner with us to share innovation and ideas to improve how we work and give us an edge on our competition.

Our Procurement vision and mission is to be outward looking, gaining and sharing, knowledge and perspective of how we find, partner and manage our suppliers. We’ll elevate our thinking and work collaboratively to buy what the business needs at the best possible value. If you can bring us strong commercial awareness combined with amazing influencing skills, we can offer you the chance to make a big impact within a business that is aiming to be leading ecommerce retailer.

What will I be responsible for as Indirect Senior Procurement Category Manager:

  • Develop and continually review robust, forward looking category plans based on business need, supply market dynamics and technological advancements
  • Work with stakeholders to consider a variety of commercial models, providing constructive challenge to drive the most appropriate business outcome.
  • Monitor categories, sharing insights with the business and drive reviews and actions where opportunities and risks appear.
  • Work with the Commercial Management team to determine the most appropriate metrics for supplier performance and relationship management.
  • Create and lead the creation of a pipeline of initiatives to achieve or exceed savings targets
  • Lead discussions and negotiations with suppliers and partners to realise cost efficiency opportunities and negotiate commercial terms and contracts.
  • Work with Commercial Finance to ensure that tangible benefits can be tracked into the P&L and participate in reviews that monitor the deliverables providing interventions where necessary.
  • Manage on demand procurement partners, giving clear direction and ensuring agreed measures and outputs are delivered.

What do I need to succeed?

We are looking for driven and passionate individuals with experience of managing multiple categories. We’ll deliver the right solutions and relationships for now and the future.

If this sounds like a team you’d like to be part of and you’ve got:

  • Outstanding negotiation skills
  • Excellent influencing and relationship building skills
  • A strong communication style that you adapt to suit your audience
  • An action orientated, innovative approach that alongside great commercial acumen delivers results…. then read on.

The team look after all indirect expenditure for the N Brown group and a little that supports our product buying too.  With a remit of around £300m of spend there’s lots of opportunity to support the acceleration of our profitable growth.


Employees in our business may have access to our customers’ personal data therefore for a number of our roles, offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory criminal record check.Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an individual from obtaining a position with N Brown



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