Category Manager - Warehouse and Distribution

Posted 4 days ago by People First (Recruitment) Ltd


Your New Job Title:    Category Manager - Warehouse and Distribution      
Your New Daily rate:     up to £349 p/day PAYE or £457 umbrella (inside IR35) *  equivalent of up to £91k  

Duration:                       12 months
Location:                        West London and WFH
Start date:                      ASAP
Working hours:             37.5 hours 

Who you'll be working for:

Our client is a Major FTSE100 business who have fantastic offices based in west London. 

What you'll be doing each day:

Logistic Procurement supports the ambitions of the business by providing procurement services to over 115 markets within Pharmaceutical, Vaccines and Consumer supply chains taking products from manufacture to patients and consumers.

This role operates in a highly complex and competitive environment and will be accountable for implementing and executing procurement strategies to manage warehouse and distribution services in EMEA in line with the goal of increasing visibility, control and compliance while delivering incremental value to the business. Additionally, the role also demands strong leadership to drive step change improvement in executing of complex and global category projects.

Lead the development, management and implementation of comprehensive sourcing strategies in alignment with Procurement to deliver agreed savings targets and other benefits that significantly impact financial results.
Warehousing and Distribution for Pharma (£50 million annually)
Lead complex negotiations and develop contractual agreements with global and regional LSPs.
Lead complex tender process through e-sourcing and e-auction tools. 
Engage and influence stakeholders across the E2E supply chains and in country teams - working collaboratively across all Supply Chains and commercial teams to support the strategy deployment and savings delivery 
Active involvement in strategy development and deployment of the Supply Chain strategies
Leading Continuous Improvement and Savings Programmes: Understanding the needs of our business partners, patients and consumers and bringing opportunities from the supply base while creating buy-in and developing a culture of taking calculated risks to maximise opportunities and benefits
Lead the development of strategic relationships with critical suppliers in order to identify and develop innovation.
Represent the category on relevant strategy development and supply chain planning forums
Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, ensuring business alignment for excellent execution

The skills you need to succeed:

Considerable specialist knowledge and practical experience in managing Logistics/Warehousing in a regional/global sourcing context 
Experience in a highly regulated environment, ideally within pharmaceuticals. 
Successful multi-year track record in delivering year on year savings in a challenging economic climate. 
Skilled negotiator adept at managing complex negotiations at management level with both external and internal stakeholders. Experience with Ariba is a plus.
Expertise in logistics processes and regulatory requirements.
Project and Change management experience
In depth understanding of external environment & supplier relationship models.
Experience managing the delivery of large projects and with end-to-end service / operations management
Strong analytical skills (Excel), written and verbal communications, and influencing skills
The role holder will be required to operate independently, influencing senior management across multiple countries and leading and developing teams effectively.

*Please note this Umbrella rate is the amount payable to Umbrella company - this does not represent what you will actually receive from the Umbrella company          

We would be grateful if you could send your CV as a Word document. If your application is successful, you will be contacted within 7 days. We regret that due to the high volume of applications we receive we cannot provide feedback on individual CVs. Please note that we can only consider candidates who are eligible to work in the UK and are able to provide relevant supporting documentation.

People First is committed to increasing diversity, and maintaining an inclusive workplace culture. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability.

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Start Date:
Contract Length:
12 months
Job Reference:
Job ID:
Less than 10

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