Direct Procurement Category Manager

Posted a week ago by W Talent

Leicester, City of Leicester
£45,000 - £70,000/annum plus benefits and remote working

Company Overview

This unique organisation operating within the healthcare sector is searching for an Indirect Procurement Category Manager to lead new and innovative procurement processes.

Position Overview

The Direct Procurement Category Manager holds the task of creating and executing a robust commercial strategy for each category and its subcategories within the organisation, aimed at driving substantial benefits for the company in profitability and total cost of acquisition optimisation. You will lead both the sourcing and sales channel performance in collaboration with the service contract and channel-based sales teams, demanding a deep understanding of products and market dynamics, which you will learn in post.

The role will drive enhancements through initiatives focused on demand, specifications, and traditional purchasing methods like negotiation, alongside effective product positioning and pricing across diverse sales channels. Additionally, it involves weighing internal costs associated with supplier and supply chain management, including working capital and the impact of poor quality and delivery performance.

The Direct Procurement Category Manager has the responsibility of optimising the total cost of acquisition, maximising sales opportunities, and proactively addressing potential supply chain risks through formal identification, minimisation, and mitigation strategies. Upholding supplier and supply chain competitiveness necessitates implementing and refining measures of performance, contractual terms, cost analysis, and risk management practices through a continuous improvement and cost reduction.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop sourcing strategies
  • Monitor effectiveness continuously
  • Optimise sales strategies across channels
  • Create category savings plan
  • Manage the category effectively
  • Understand category, suppliers, and market dynamics
  • Lead supplier negotiations for savings and improvements
  • Cultivate relationships with key suppliers
  • Use leverage strategies like reverse auctions
  • Focus on total acquisition cost savings
  • Monitor cost drivers regularly
  • Provide monthly category updates
  • Optimise payment terms
  • Share market insights and trends with the wider business

Key competencies

  • Drive
  • Influence
  • Attention to order and detail


  • Excellent negotiation and contract management skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities
  • Proficiency in procurement software and tools
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills


  • Degree Education
  • MBA or MCIPS / working towards MCIPS


  • Flexible dependant on experience £45,000 - £70,000 + Package
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