Category Manager – Professional Services & Consultancy
- Role Type
- Upto £62k dependent on experience
- Closing Date
- Company Info
Working here is about being there for our customers; we’re available should the worst happen and we work together to enable social and financial equality across the UK. But it’s also about you –how you develop and what you can achieve. We’ll help your talent thrive in an environment where you’ll be supported to work flexibly and autonomously, sharing in our success and rewarded for a great performance with a generous benefits package.
- Department Info
From HR and Digital teams through to Group Finance, Procurement, Risk and Corporate Comms – our Group functions support our businesses across the UK and abroad. Delivering essential services and activities that have a real impact on our business and our customers lives, we enable our people to do what they do best, contributing to delivering a great customer service, profitability and strategic growth.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or age.
- Job Duties
To strategically manage and optimise Procurement’s influence on external category spend by developing effective category scope stakeholder relationships and maintaining supply market expertise to drive best value for money and minimise supply chain risk. This role looks for market opportunities and operates strategically and proactively with stakeholders, peers and suppliers to drive innovation and positive change. The role holder will also proactively manage the Professional Services & Consultancy category to reduce cost, drive innovation and mitigate risk.
INFLUENCE WIDER PROCUREMENT STRATEGY:-
Create, implement and optimise the strategy for the procurement of appropriate goods and / or services. Generate value for money by delivering cost out and cost down initiatives and driving innovation and competitive advantage. Utilise digital tools, sourcing specialists, best practice and latest approaches to deliver value and innovation.
EVALUATE & SELECT SUPPLIERS:-
Undertake ad-hoc and on-going industry and supply market analysis and implement appropriate supply models to deliver business aims, objectives and operational requirements. Lead the evaluation of supply solutions and undertaken appropriate supplier selection processes.
Develop robust and effective stakeholder relationships with key decision-makers. Influence thinking and operate as a trusted adviser that is seen to offer real category expertise and add genuine value.
Comply fully with the roles and responsibilities detailed in the relevant Legal & General policies including but not limited to: Group Policy & Procedures, Group Procurement Policy and Ethical Purchasing Principles. Ensure all CSR elements are considered and issues such as Modern Slavery are suitably addressed in any Procurement activity & Category plans.
MAINTAIN COMMERCIAL AWARENESS:-
Maintain a commercial and technological awareness relevant to category scope and develop and maintain peer and supplier networks. Maintain relevant subject matter expertise on supply markets, procurement initiatives, trends and best practice to identify and exploit commercial opportunities.
TREATING CUSTOMERS FAIRLY:-
In all situations where suppliers provide goods and services directly to our external customers, ensure that procurement activity and supplier relationships are managed in line with Legal & General’s Customer Experience and Treating Customers Fairly Policy.
- Skills Required
MCIPS – Desirable
Procurement & Outsourcing:
A thorough understanding of procurement tools and techniques relevant to category scope.
Ability to select appropriate procurement strategies / procedures and manage the selection of suppliers and negotiate robust legally binding contracts on behalf of L&G.
A demonstrable knowledge of techniques, relevant to category scope to deliver continuous cost savings and add value to business units.
A good understanding of supply chain risk and mitigation strategies for in scope categories and latest industry issues.
Knowledge and contribution to the GPSM risk return and reporting. A good understanding of the legal aspects of contracting with suppliers.
A strong understanding of the in scope categories required by the role and a detailed knowledge of the relevant supply market & best practice sourcing models.
A good understanding of the use and application of sourcing tools, spend analytic tools and Oracle purchase to pay systems.
Experience of proactively managing supplier sourcing requirements in relation to category in scope and working in a best practice procurement environment. Use of best practice sourcing and spend analytics tools.
Setting & delivering procurement & category strategies, supplier selection, agreeing cost and price models that demonstrate value creation.
Conducting complex negotiations and negotiating legally binding contracts on behalf of L&G.
Experience of successfully influencing senior business stakeholders and subject matter experts through effective business partnering engagement and articulation of category specific procurement strategies.
Whatever your role, we reward ability, performance and attitude with a package that looks after all the things that are important to you. Our employees have a wide range of benefits including a generous pension scheme, life assurance, 27 days' holiday,private medical insurance, performance related bonuses, a variety of share schemes, discounts at both a huge range of high street stores and our own great products, your hard work will be rewarded when you join us.
For further information about the role, please contact Lynn Morriss, UK Resourcing Lead, at email@example.com