HR Category Manager HR Category Manager …

Aston Carter
in London, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 04 Aug 20
Up to GBP66000 per annum
Aston Carter
in London, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 04 Aug 20
Up to GBP66000 per annum
You will be responsible to champion your categories and take ownership of global category management strategy and supplier relationship management to ensure that the organisation is getting the most value from their 3rd party spend. You will look after everything in HR (Recruitment, Contingent Workforce, Pension, Payroll and Reward & Benefit) and Professional Services (Consultancy, Tax, Audit, Legal and Consultancy).


  • Define, gain agreement to and implement strategic sourcing plans (including a pipeline of procurement opportunities) for HR and workforce sourcing initiatives in support of defined business goals.
  • Lead the implementation of strategic and preferred suppliers for HR and drive downwards the number of active suppliers and implement a programme of supplier categorisation to drive value and focus.
  • Use internal and external data and analysis, relationships and specialist insight to provide a clear expert view on business investment decisions to stimulate innovative problem solving within the business.
  • Develop and commit to performance targets and provide reporting in line with business compliance and procedures.
  • Provide support to business category owners to drive upwards preferred supplier and channel compliance to global best practice standards.
  • Anticipate future procurement challenges, ensuring the business is equipped with the right strategies to deliver the best possible commercial outcomes including risks, routes to market, resource commitments, supply market dynamics, competitive strategies and delivery plans.
  • Implementing the Procurement Strategy for the Category
  • Develop and manage supplier performance improvement programs and develop strategies to effectively improve supply chain performance in quality, delivery, and cost management.
  • Lead sourcing projects, focusing on commercial and contractual negotiations, working with stakeholders and legal to close negotiations with contracts which fully protect the commercial interests and ensure mitigation of operational risks.
  • Execute competitive RFI's/RFP's and lead on supplier negotiations as required.
  • Provide an advisory service within a matrix orientated business by utilising an appropriate level of commercial expertise and acumen to ensure cost management and functional discipline.
  • Lead the delivery of a breadth of procurement initiatives, of varying complexity and value, using best in class sourcing solutions such as e-Procurement, e-Auctioning, strategic sourcing etc.
  • Work with the business to ensure strategic supplier management is considered in all procurement decisions, facilitating the handover into the contract management team and providing on-going support and insight to address challenges with incumbent suppliers.
  • On-going proactive review of existing category arrangements in collaboration with HR business executives and responsibility centre owners, to include ownership of the category policy to ensure full compliance and least cost.

Personal Qualities & Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply certification (or equivalent) desirable.
  • Effective influencer at all levels but especially at the senior management level across all businesses.
  • Significant HR and Corporate Services experience preferably within financial services or a regulated services industry.
  • Proven track record of managing and leading business change and the transformation of business relationships.
  • Significant contract negotiation experience with demonstrable impact across a wide variety of spend categories with a particular focus of
  • Extensive knowledge of various types of pricing structures as well as associated contract terms/conditions and legal ramifications.
  • Extensive knowledge of procurement principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving, project management and decision making skills in a senior sourcing leadership capacity for a major corporation.
  • Effective oral and written communication that resonates with the target audience.

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