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Category Manager for UK Utilities Firm - Berkshire

Bramwith Consulting
GBP50000 - GBP60000 per annum + bonus
Closing date
13 Jul 2024

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Specialist Area
Procurement, Category management
Job Level
Manager, Specialist
Engineering / Manufacturing
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Job Details

Category Manager for UK leading Utilities Firm - Transformation Project

Berkshire 2-3 days per week


This UK leading Utilities firm are looking for an experienced Category Manager to join their established procurement function, as they go through transformational change. They are seeking an experienced procurement professional to drive innovative strategy across a range of categories.

With sustainability at the forefront of their agenda, you will play a vital role in challenging, engaging and driving change, aligning with their short, medium and long term goals. You will have autonomy managing the end-to-end procurement processes of a range of categories within your area of the business. As a blue-chip firm, you will work closely with established stakeholders, helping to build your network and portfolio.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing a portfolio of suppliers to enhance contract performance and deliver additional value.
  • Leading the development and management of comprehensive category plans, targeting value maximisation while balancing commercial risk.
  • Providing category knowledge and market insights to internal stakeholders, delivering category plans, managing sourcing events, and identifying risks.
  • Acting as the commercial expert for the category, to ensure this firm can adapt to market changes effectively.

Key Requirements:

  • Have a clear and detailed understanding of both short-term and long-term needs of stakeholders and the company, and demonstrate strong skills in engaging, supporting, influencing, and constructively challenging stakeholders to achieve optimal commercial outcomes.
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of the supply market, including suppliers, market trends, innovations, and changes, to identify valuable new suppliers.
  • Have a solid understanding of Category Management principles with a proven track record of delivering results across various categories and building strong relationships with suppliers and stakeholders, and have experience managing categories up to £100m in value, including handling significant strategic risks to the organisation.
  • Provide insights into supply market dynamics, regulatory and internal frameworks, suppliers, and technical innovations, and able to identify market insights, trends, opportunities, and risks effectively.

You will gain unparalleled exposure to a dynamic business, having the chance to manage and run different categories. It is the perfect opportunity to move beyond your comfort zones and expand your skillset, alongside an established team of likeminded individuals. This firm provides a nurturing environment for success, and focuses on training and development, to help progress your career.

Valuing a strong work-life balance, this firm promotes flexible working, meaning you have to be in the Berkshire based office 2-3 times per week.

This opportunity offers a competitive salary of £50,000-£60,000.

For more information regarding this exciting procurement opportunity, please send your CV to Lucy at:

Key words:

Category Manager, Environmental Firm, Utilities, Sustainability, Procurement Manager, Buyer, Direct, Indirect, FM, HR, Professional Services, Procurement, Strategic Procurement, Transformation Procurement, Stakeholder Management, Strategy, Sustainability, Hybrid, Berkshire, Reading, Slough, Wokingham, Swindon, Oxford


Award-winning recruitment specialist with an exclusive global pool of procurement, operations and supply chain talent.

Working with a wide range of small start-ups through to large FTSE 100 businesses, Bramwith Consulting has established a reputation for excellence, delivery and market knowledge.

Our expert consultants, work on both contingency and retained search mandates with clients, advising and assisting them in hiring niche Procurement staff. Our experienced recruiters have proven track records establishing and developing relationships with clients and candidates alike, allowing us to provide the highest calibre of candidates and job opportunities.

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