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Category Manager - HR

Job ID 4648M Location London Contract Full Time Category Finance Salary Competitive + Benefits Hours Closing date August 6th 2021, 11:55 PM

Job Description:

M&S are currently undergoing a transformation that will ensure it is able to thrive in the increasingly competitive retail environment in the long term.

Part of this transformation involves a program of removing £500m from its cost base over 3 years, as a Procurement team we are a key element of this process. As a key member in the Group Procurement team, you will contribute to the development of the team to become key business partners across M&S, evolving the Procurement strategy to be recognised as part of M&S success.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Build meaningful and close relationships with Procurement team members and partners from the wider business in the professional services area including but not limited to HR, finance, and retail
  • Develop 3-year category plans in line with the procurement and the relevant business strategy
  • End to end delivery of category plans, from strategy through implementation and benefits realisation ensuring appropriate balance of cost, service, risk
  • Run all Source to Contract activity, taking ownership for the development and approval of sourcing strategies, market testing, negotiation and contract award and signature
  • Ongoing contract management, ensuring the contracted service continues to meet business requirements and contracts are reflective of the service delivered and are aligned with the contracting policy
  • Build supplier relationships within the category and where appropriate identify and implement opportunities to reduce cost and continuously improve.
  • Manage and report on all operational, commercial and supply chain risk for the category
  • Drive commercial change within the business to deliver value and ensure there is always a balance between cost and service
  • Identification of continuous improvement opportunities

Key Skills:

  • Ability to work across categories to support team members
  • Find solutions where traditional procurement practices do not fit the usual requirement, using critical thinking to find the correct solution
  • Committed and driven, being able to challenge partners in the right way
  • Possess a good understanding of commercial issues and a problem-solving approach
  • Strong communication, influencing and networking skills
  • Builds a clear plan for themselves and inputs to the team plan to deliver short to medium term business priorities
  • Takes ownership for delivering results when there is uncertainty
  • Shown excellence in negotiation
  • Experience of contract drafting including development of schedules, commercials, and appropriate terms and conditions
  • Previous led supplier relationships to ensure delivery to the agreed quality, cost and time

M&S is ready to push boundaries to lead the industry into a greener, speedier, more inspiring digital era. That’s why we’re revolutionising how we work and offering our most exciting opportunities yet. There’s never been a better time to be part of our team. Marks & Spencer aims to be an inclusive organisation, trusted and admired by our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Join us and make an immediate impact. We are committed to an active Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy, which starts with our recruitment and selection process, and we are happy to talk smart/flexible working. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process. If you consider yourself to have a disability or learning difficulty which means you are unable to complete the application process online, please get in touch either by phone on 0345 300 3725 or by email so we can make alternative arrangements for you.

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