Transformational Senior Category Manager – Marketing & Communications


This role is ideal for an ambitious procurement professional capable of delivering real change in how the profession is perceived and what it can deliver for business stakeholders.

The client is a household name with a unique position in its market. They are going through an accelerated procurement transformation program designed to create more value from their supplier base, deliver true category management, simplifying processes and place the customer at the heart of what they do.

The executive management team are actively supporting the transformation, encouraging their team to work closely with Procurement to deliver incremental in year savings, higher value creation with suppliers whilst aiming to provide more innovation and fit for purpose products and services.

The transformation will change the accountability & responsibility of procurements within the organisation.

How will they achieve this – through early engagement between stakeholders and Procurement making sourcing and supplier management embedded into their business practices.

Change management is key to embed these changes, working at all levels within an organisation.

A Procurement Academy is to be launched, hosting procurement champions across the organisation with the purpose of sharing knowledge, best practice, ambitions to promote strong procurement practice delivering value for money across the company.

In order to be successful in this role the desired candidate:

Will work collaboratively with relevant business areas, influence stakeholders, lead category management processes, increase the value of the products or services establishing a full pipeline of opportunities for execution, in year and beyond.

The client is transforming how they undertake procurement with strategic breakthroughs, long term vision, co-creation of group category plans, deep collaboration, creativity, revenue generation and risk reduction. Procurement is now one of the strategic initiatives for the company to deliver incremental savings.

Experience of influencing, communicating and development of trust at senior levels within an organisation is essential for success. In addition to competency/category experience in “Marketing and Communications” including:

      1. Revenue generation – advertising / media sales / content management
      2. Media Operating Platform – review lead agency requirements
      3. CRM / Email requirements / Customer Feedback
      4. Subscriptions – film licenses
      5. Tools & Technology

You’ll ideally need to be able to offer most of the following

  • To be educated to degree level or similar
  • Member of Chartered Institute Purchasing and Supply or equivalent.
  • Min of 5 years senior experience operating in Category Management
  • Ability to think strategically and present persuasively for a course of action.
  • Advanced customer/supplier relationship management skills.
  • Sourcing and supplier management expertise.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Project management experience.

If you believe you have relevant category expertise and the ability to deliver the sort of change outlined above, please apply outlining salary expectations highlighting which areas of your CV we should focus on.

To apply for this job please email your CV and covering letter to: or call us on 0161 924 2387 to find out more.