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Category Manager

  • Job reference: 932001
  • Location: Plymouth, Devon
  • Salary: Up to GBP280 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Analysts, Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Date posted: 16/09/2020

Category Analyst, Plymouth, 9 month contract, To £35 per hour

Working for a defence company in Plymouth, our client urgently needs an experienced Category Analyst for the role below….

  • In support of Sub-Category Leads, the Category Analyst is responsible to gather and analyse data in support of definition and implementation of the optimal strategies for clearly defined spend categories.
  • Objectives for this role will include: Collating Project and Business Unit requirements, analysing category expenditure and supply markets, providing data that enables the rigorous management of contract and supplier performance.


  • Builds an in-depth knowledge of the supply markets for the particular category, including input costs & cost drivers, total cost of ownership (TCO), supply-side & demand-side market trends, regulation, barriers to entry and overall market competitiveness
  • Uses this data analysis to input into the category strategy in order to take maximum advantage from supply chain decisions and mitigate any future supply chain risks
  • Sourcing; Gathers detailed BU usage and specification data required to produce effective ITT and RFx documentation that can be released to the market, and in support of fact-based negotiations
  • Produces the cost and evaluation models that enable the Category Manager/Specialist to assess the relative merits of the suppliers' offers
  • Supply Management; Builds a deep understanding of the supply base, including their future strategy, growth plans, financial performance and competitive threats
  • Owns and maintains supplier segmentation data and collating the contract performance data and other inputs required to ensure successful strategic supplier engagements
  • Maintains the suite of KPIs and reports required to effectively manage the performance of the pan-divisional contracts

Key Success Criteria

  • Provision of accurate and right first time information
  • Providing information proactively to support and provoke the Category Management teams
  • Converting data into unique insight through robust analytical tools Qualifications & Requirements

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent Experience & Background
  • 2+ years post-graduation experience
  • Proven experience of working with large data sets, building complex analytical models and extracting insightful data
  • Basic knowledge of core procurement processes
  • Experience of analysing public financial, supply market and supplier data  Interested in pursuing a career in strategic procurement

Business Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint  High levels of business acumen and a keen awareness of current business trends and issues
  • Ability to simplify complex concepts and information for presentation to stakeholders at all levels
  • Highly self-motivated and delivery focussed

Candidates applying must be prepared to undergo UK security clearance/vetting.

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