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The State of the Art of Category Management

The key elements of category management include end-to-end management of the supply chain, acute market awareness, sound (if not expert) technical knowledge, good SRM and excellent stakeholder relationships.

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In many ways, category management is a topic unto itself although in the past, students of procurement have often struggled to actually define ‘Category Management’. It is sometimes considered to be a matrix type subject – layered horizontally across the entire discipline of procurement. CIPS define category management as, “the entire science of the procurement subject applied to a single genre of expenditure”. As such, a category manager is the ‘CPO of their category’ and carries a weight of responsibility for their organisation’s application of the category – especially for direct categories that support strategic supply lines.

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