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Category Lead Manager

Telent Technology
Warwick, Warwickshire
Closing date
20 Apr 2024

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Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

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Job Description

Our Business Support teams deliver the vital services to ensure the continued success of our business divisions. These services include HR, Finance, Procurement, Marketing, Legal and Commercial, Estates and Facilities, Core Technology, Corporate Security, IT, and Fleet. Every person in every team is contributing to the lasting impact our Team makes. Help keep the nation's critical digital infrastructures connected and protected.

Reporting into the Senior Procurement Manageryou will be accountable for managing categories of spend classed as Technology Partners and Software with a significant total annual spend of circa £ 9m.

What you’ll do:

  • Responsible for all RFx activities, managing the sourcing process, negotiation and contracting activities for H/M value categories and complex categories
  • Responsible for the evaluation of suppliers as part of supplier on-boarding process and implementation of i Procurement strategy category code management in line with Category strategy
  • Responsible for negotiation of flow-down terms for complex agreements 
  • Responsible for on-going supplier performance and supplier relationship management throughout the contract lifetime, including inputs to risk register and risk mitigation strategies. 
  • Responsible for management of internal and external stakeholders.                                                  

Who you are:

This role would be ideal for a Category Lead Manager with proven experience in Software and IT. 

Key Requirements:

  • A track record in driving cost out and driving value up within a Procurement organisation
  • A successful track record of following a strategic sourcing / category management methodology
  • Demonstrable experience in category management in a procurement or commercial environment with Software Experience
  • Experience in developing category plans and strategy. 
  • Excellent negotiation skills and techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to demonstrate exceptional stakeholder management approach and skills

What we offer:

A career at Telent can span many sectors, roles, technologies and clients giving you the opportunity to develop, learn new skills and make an impact. We are growing and we rely on our committed Team to deliver.

We nurture the talent that makes this happen, by our on-going commitment to creating an inclusive culture that respects and values difference, that celebrates diverse ideas. We want everyone to feel they can be themselves and to thrive at work.

The additional benefits with this role:

  • 34 days holiday, including public holidays, plus the option to buy or sell five days each year 
  • Company pension scheme 
  • A range of family friendly policies 
  • Occupational health support and wellbeing Portal 
  • Discounts on Cinema, Restaurants and Shopping with Telent Reward scheme 


Learn more about Telent:

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About Telent

Telent is a leading technology company and specialist in the design, build, support and maintenance, drawing on decades of experience in mission critical communications and technology.  of the UK’s critical digital infrastructure. The work we do helps connect thousands of people and communities, using the best technology and innovation available. When you join us, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real impact on all our futures by fulfilling your potential and delivering high performance. We work together to make everyday life work better for everyone. You’ll be part of a team of more than 3,000 brilliant, dedicated people committed to getting the job done well. 


Brilliance brought together.


We are guided by our values and behaviours:

- Be Inclusive

- Take Responsibility

- Collaborate

- Be Customer-focussed


Telent is a leading technology company and specialist in the design, build, operation, and maintenance of the UK’s critical digital infrastructure, drawing on decades of experience in mission critical communications and technology.

With a strong focus on the public sector, key customer areas include transport, emergency services, network providers and the public sector.

Our expertise, accreditations and knowledge make us a trusted partner for organisations at the forefront of the digital revolution.

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