IT Category Manager (x4)

Posted 21/06/2024 by Cedar

Remote job
City of London, London
£60,000 - £70,000/annum

The Business

A leading supermarket chain with an award winning procurement function.

Locations - London, Manchester or Midlands

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Strategic Sourcing and Procurement:
    • Develop and implement IT procurement strategies that align with the company's goals and objectives.
    • Conduct market analysis to identify potential suppliers, assess their capabilities, and negotiate favorable terms and conditions.
    • Ensure compliance with procurement policies and procedures.
  2. Supplier Relationship Management:
    • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key IT suppliers to ensure high-quality service delivery.
    • Monitor supplier performance and address any issues to ensure continuous improvement.
    • Conduct regular supplier evaluations and renegotiations to optimize value.
  3. Budget Management:
    • Develop and manage the IT procurement budget, ensuring cost control and efficient use of resources.
    • Analyze spending patterns and identify opportunities for cost savings and value improvements.
    • Prepare and present regular reports on budget performance and procurement activities.
  4. Risk Management:
    • Identify potential risks in the IT supply chain and develop mitigation strategies.
    • Ensure that all IT contracts include appropriate risk management provisions.
    • Stay informed about industry trends and potential risks that could impact the supply chain.
  5. Cross-Functional Collaboration:
    • Work closely with the IT department to understand their needs and ensure the procurement of appropriate technology solutions.
    • Collaborate with other departments, such as finance and legal, to ensure procurement activities are aligned with overall business objectives.
    • Support project teams by providing procurement expertise and resources.

Key Skills:

  1. Procurement and Negotiation:
    • Strong knowledge of procurement principles and practices, particularly in the IT category.
    • Excellent negotiation skills to secure favourable terms with suppliers.
  2. Analytical and Strategic Thinking:
    • Ability to analyse market trends, supplier capabilities, and spending patterns.
    • Strategic mindset to develop and implement effective procurement strategies.
  3. Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
    • Strong communication skills to effectively interact with suppliers, internal stakeholders, and cross-functional teams.
    • Ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships.
  4. Financial Acumen:
    • Understanding of budgeting, cost control, and financial analysis related to procurement.
    • Ability to prepare and present financial reports and analyses.
  5. Risk Management:
    • Knowledge of risk management principles and practices in the context of IT procurement.
    • Ability to identify potential risks and develop effective mitigation strategies.
  6. Qualifications:
  • Proven experience in IT procurement, preferably in a fast paced environment.
  • Professional certification in procurement (e.g., CIPS, CPSM) is a plus.
  • Proficiency in procurement software and tools.

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