Indirect Category Manager

£55000 - £60000 per annum
  1. Permanent
  1. Clinical Operations, Monitoring

Hobson Prior are looking for an Indirect Category Manager to join a top pharmaceutical organisation who are involved in the manufacture of human blood plasma products. This is a permanent position located in Hertfordshire.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Define and deliver a category strategy for the provision of Indirect goods and services expenditure through category management, competitive tendering and contract management.
  • Uphold a healthy pipeline of sourcing activity/projects with realisable objectives and achieve them in the agreed time lines. Deliver cost reduction targets.
  • Provide commercial recommendations, negotiate appropriate contracts and support deliverables.
  • Manage a complex stakeholder environment across multiple individuals and organisations over long periods of time.
  • Build and maintain strong, positive and trusting relationships with all key stakeholders.
  • Build healthy Supplier Relationship Management plans with key suppliers delivering tangible benefits to BPL on a TCO model.
  • Continually track the supply market - keeping abreast of developments, trends, risks and opportunities.
  • Manage the processes of in-contract performance measurement and management and delivering on agreed SLA's & KPI's.
  • Ensure that correct contract documentation is in place and risks to BPL are mitigated.
  • Timely renewal of contracts preventing BPL being out of contract with suppliers.
  • Create well-structured documents and presentations without guidance. Take sole responsibility for the development and refinement of core sourcing documentation.
  • Interactively tailor the depth of communicated information for specific audiences and situations.
  • Develop spend analysis process, overcome obstacles, solicit input from, and support of, senior stakeholders and suppliers where necessary. Prepare (or provide guidance on how to prepare) a comprehensive category profile.
  • Use sampling / statistical techniques and deploy them effectively.
  • Recognise creative and alternative means of structuring an approach to data analysis when required.
  • Demonstrate a track record in leading complex or challenging negotiations.
  • Manage team members in the timely delivery of Category Management and Procurement Projects.
  • Structure and manage the work, delegate effectively, redirect team members as focus shifts.

Key Skills:

  • Ability to work on their own without supervision.


  • Graduate level of education or equivalent or relevant experience.
  • CIPS qualified.
  • Project management experience.
  • Proven procurement professional.
  • 5 years' experience in a procurement role.
  • Proven category management experience.
  • Demonstratable experience of service contracts including SLA's an KPI's.
  • Experience in performance management and dispute resolution.
  • Manipulation of data to improve business process and delivery of role.
  • Proven track record of stakeholder management.

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