Strategic Category Manager

A market leader, and one of Europe's largest suppliers of shop fitting concept and lighting systems is currently looking for a Strategic Category Manager to assist the Head of Procurement as their product range and customer base continues to grow.

SALARY: £40,000 - £50,000

BENEFITS: Company car/car payment, Pension, Healthcare, 23 days holiday bank holidays

LOCATION: Hemel Hempstead

COMMUTABLE LOCATIONS: Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Watford, St Albans, Aylesbury, Dunstable, High Wycombe

JOB SPECIFICATION - Strategic Category Manager

The primary focus of this role is to support the Head of Procurement through the businesses continued expansion. This role will focus on the category management process and include complex project co-ordination and contributing to the development of the purchasing strategy.

Key elements of the role will be to;

·Take overall responsibility for the strategic sourcing management goals of the company and implement action items to ensure that those goals are achieved
·Build and maintain category strategies to support strategic procurement initiatives
·Develop and implement sourcing and supplier selection strategy domestically and internationally
·Provide regular commodity and market intelligence updates
·Implement supplier agreements/contracts and maintain existing supplier relationships

REQUIREMENTS - Strategic Category Manager

Ideally you will be a qualified procurement specialist holding either CIPs/MCIPs or the equivalent, looking for the next step in your procurement career with an international business.

·We would be delighted to receive applications from qualified procurement professionals with experience of category management & sourcing for a manufacturer
·We would also be keen to receive applications from candidates with a strong background of sourcing/category management from any market/industry, with a keen interest in experience in Europe and the Far East
·We will also consider applications from candidates with experience of managing multi million pound budgets and purchasing from across the world, who may be looking for their first step into middle/senior management

THE COMPANY - Strategic Category Manager

We sell, develop, manufacture and install complete shop fitting concepts for retail chain stores. The all-inclusive offer includes custom-made fitting concepts, innovative solutions for checkout arena and professional lighting systems. Our customers include the major players throughout most parts of Europe.

It is highly likely you will have worked in any of the following roles and/or markets, and worked with the following products and/or services: Internal manufacturing, Eastern Europe & Asian sourcing & Distribution, Shop fitting, Retail Design, Procurement, Buying, Buyer, Category, Buying Manager, Category Manager, Senior Buyer, Buying Manager, Purchasing Manager.

Please Note - We have been selected as the exclusive retained partner for this role so any direct applications to our client from candidates or agencies will be forwarded on to us direct.

INTERESTED? Please apply to our retained consultant Michael Thorpe quoting Strategic Procurement Manager reference MT14827 to DD: 44 (0)1604 683313 Wallace Hind Selection. The Old Vicarage. Duston. Northants. NN5 6JB. Tel: 44 (0) 1604 758857. Please note that the postcodes used for this vacancy are for searching purposes only, they may not refer exactly to where the role is based.