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Category Manager

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
13 Jul 2024

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Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
Non CIPS member
Arcadis is the world's leading company delivering sustainable design, engineering, and consultancy solutions for natural and built assets.

We are more than 36,000 people, in over 70 countries, dedicated to improving quality of life. Everyone has an important role to play. With the power of many curious minds, together we can solve the world's most complex challenges and deliver more impact together.

Role description:

Arcadis are excited to again be growing their Nuclear team. We are looking for talented procurement professionals to join our team to work on a range of Nuclear projects across new build, decommissioning, defence and other emerging markets / technologies in the Nuclear space. You will be part of an industry-leading team, where you can apply your skills to national & international challenges across energy mega programmes & projects.

As part of our Cost Management team, you'll be involved in a wide range of commissions from global and high profile to small and impactful, ensuring they're to the delivered to the quality standard, on time, and to budget. Your expertise in sourcing strategy development, procurement planning, sourcing, and awarding supply chain appointments will drive growth and embrace smarter working.

The role sits within our global business area Resilience. We work to protect our natural environment and water resources, while powering our world for future generations. Around the world, we're feeling the effects climate change, rapid urbanization, loss of biodiversity. The rate at which we're seeing large-scale, unforeseen events such as floods and wildfires, is becoming more frequent. We are here to protect our natural environment and water resources, while powering our world for future generations.

As a Category Manager (CM) you will join a team of procurement, commercial, programme, and project professionals delivering a broad range of services in support of the delivery of client commissions within the nuclear sector (civil, decommissioning, and defence). Your role will see you play a key part in the successful and optimum provision of required goods, works, and services from the supply chain to ensure the associated delivery of scope, schedule and cost against an assigned portfolio or programme/project.

You will manage and undertake complex and routine procurement activities to meet the business needs of the assigned client commission. This will encompass all aspects of procurement and supply chain management on sophisticated and complex procurement exercises demanding a high level of professional experience and competence, due to the nature of the operating and regulatory environment and strategic initiatives.

Role accountabilities:

The role comprises:
  • responsibility for assigned aspects of procurement, market management, and supply chain relationship management including strategy development, procurement conduct, evaluation, negotiation, and contract placement associated within an assigned portfolio or programme/projects.

The objective of the role is to:
  • support/contribute to the successful performance of the assigned commission portfolio, through the delivery of clients' business objectives / contractual obligations, and the optimum provision of goods, works, and services from the supply chain for an assigned portfolio or programme/project in accordance with the identified procedures, policy, legislative, regulatory, environmental, safety and quality requirements.
  • support the development of an optimum supply chain &/or procurement organisation fully resourced with the required skills to provide the necessary support to meet workload needs, and to manage, motivate and develop procurement staff e.g. Category Manager(s), Assistant Category Manager(s) and/or Category Support(s).


Accountable to Commercial / Procurement Director, Commercial / Procurement Associate Director, Head of Procurement, Procurement Manager, or Senior Category Manager within the CM's assigned portfolio or programme/project for the execution of supply chain / procurement activity including but not limited:
  • To support / undertake the analysis of forecasts of demand requirements and ensure that individual procurement activities and strategies are effectively undertaken to meet the identified needs.
  • To support / undertake contract and supply chain strategies development and deployment within portfolio, programme, project and contract ensuring full co- ordination and alignment to client overall strategic objectives and requirements.
  • To assist / undertake the development of programmes of activities / work to enable effective deployment of resources.
  • To support / undertake identification and ensure procurement / commercial risks and issues are identified, managed and mitigated.
  • To support / undertake challenge of demand requirements to ensure basis of need and value for money sourcing.
  • To protect the clients and Arcadis legal interests relevant to procurement activity.
  • To effectively and professionally support development of sourcing strategy, sourcing, negotiation, and award of contracts within the prescribed time frame and governance requirements.
  • To assist / ensuring value added commercial and financial contract management techniques and controls are capable of being deployed on contracts through to contractual close-out.
  • To ensure that all procurement activity records, reports and system data are completed accurately and to agreed timescales.
  • To support / undertake analysis and provide feedback on contractor/supplier performance against the contract(s) and feed into or produce strategic guidance on potential supply chain development opportunities / weaknesses.
  • Where relevant, to manage resources engaged in supply chain / procurement activity within the assigned portfolio or programme/project, including resource management, setting of delivery objectives and any locally required training, etc.
  • To ensure consistent application and implementation of supply chain / procurement policy, procedures and guidance.
  • To assist the assigned procurement lead or undertaken the lead role (as assigned) in managing key stakeholder relationships, including regulatory and parent bodies of clients and other identified stakeholder issues relative to the assigned portfolio.
  • To ensure compliance with health and safety requirements, including promoting a "safety culture" (both within Arcadis and the supply chain).
  • To support / provide proactive leadership to deliver significant and sustained improvements in the discharge of these accountabilities, by promoting, stimulating, encouraging and leading improvement processes.
  • To promote open, non-discriminatory, equal treatment, and transparent competition throughout the supply chain and all procurements.
  • To provide procurement support and advice to delivery teams within an assigned portfolio or programme/project.

Qualifications & Experience:

Arcadis is seeking procurement professionals with the following criteria.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject &/or equivalent experience of ideally 5 - 10 years
  • Ideally you will hold MCIPS or alternatively be working towards this with a CIPS qualification.
  • Demonstrable experience utilising the NEC suite of contracts is essential.
  • Experience of Capital Projects procurement in a regulated environment is essential.
  • Ideally you will have demonstrable experience working in the Nuclear sector, however a background within other regulated environments will still be considered (i.e. Rail, Utilities, Water etc.).
  • You should hold or be eligible for UKSV Clearance at Security Cleared level.

Why Arcadis?

We can only achieve our goals when everyone is empowered to be their best. We believe everyone's contribution matters. It's why we are pioneering a skills-based approach, where you can harness your unique experience and expertise to carve your career path and maximize the impact we can make together.

You'll do meaningful work, and no matter what role, you'll be helping to deliver sustainable solutions for a more prosperous planet. Make your mark, on your career, your colleagues, your clients, your life and the world around you.

Together, we can create a lasting legacy.

Join Arcadis. Create a Legacy.

Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

We want you to be able to bring your best self to work every day which is why we take equality and inclusion seriously and hold ourselves to account for our actions. Our ambition is to be an employer of choice and provide a great place to work for all our people. We believe that by working together diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative ideas. Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of how we improve quality of life and we work closely with our people across six ED&I Workstreams: Age, Disability, Faith, Gender, LGBT+ and Race. A diverse and skilled workforce is essential to our success.

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