Category Manager - Projects

Location Warwick
Discipline: Business Support
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + car allowance, pension, private healthcare
Contact name: Andreea Hudson

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Job ref: BBBH2238_1712763458
Published: about 2 months ago

Category Manager - Projects
Warwick - Hybrid working

The primary function of the Category Manager - Projects role is to set project strategy, support strategic sourcing and supplier performance management activities for a wide range of construction-related procurement projects in line with the National Gas programme plan. The job-holder will be responsible for delivering project strategy and end to end sourcing of projects some of which will form part of a specific programme of projects, under the guidance of the Principal Category Manager. Sourcing activities will include analysis, supply market research, identification and qualification of potential vendors, preparation of tender documentation, management of competitive sourcing processes, analysis of bidder responses, negotiation and contract award. In supplier performance management the job-holder will undertake specific initiatives which will drive incremental value for National Gas as part of a centrally co-ordinated supplier relationship management programme to develop a partnering led approach to delivery of major construction programmes.


  • Develop project sourcing strategies for high value, high complexity projects, drawing on a variety of internal & external leading practice insights

  • Manage the delivery of sourcing projects with associated savings and other benefits

  • Lead sourcing projects, under the guidance of the Principal Category Manager as necessary. This may include identification of potential suppliers, market research, production of tender documentation, management of RFx timelines, supplier evaluation and negotiation

  • Continually track the supply market, keeping abreast of developments, trends, risks and opportunities, lead the continual engagement with existing and potential suppliers and ahead of external market factors

  • Support organisation-wide procedures for governance, risk and compliance management that manage, mitigate and minimise risks to National Gas

  • Acquire, maintain and develop expertise, knowledge and information to support continuous improvement in construction procurement from relevant internal and external sources

  • Maximise knowledge and scale of existing category strategies within the wider procurement team to drive maximum end to end project lifecycle value

  • Ensures that work carried out within the Sourcing & Contract Management Hub is aligned to project strategy

  • Work closely with the Construction team to capture lessons learnt, identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities including compensation events route causes

  • Champion sustainable procurement and adoption of modern construction methods. Considers the benefits of aligning with the Government Construction Playbook

  • Communicate and manage relationships with external suppliers as part of the centrally co-ordinated supplier relationship management programme

  • In conjunction with the Procurement Business Partners, engage with the business and/or service functions to plan and support ongoing commercial activity (including annual value planning), lead supplier relationships and performance management


  • Experience and an excellent track record as a strategic sourcing or procurement professional including a track record of continuous improvement and delivery of results in a variety of commercial settings

  • Good understanding and experience of key practices in construction procurement

  • Demonstrates good level of knowledge of construction contracting suites including NEC

  • Experience in personally conducting procurement activities, including requirement definition, sourcing planning, supplier management and competitive bidding, in line with the agreed strategy

Core Skills and Knowledge:

  • Business requirements analysis, contract drafting and commercial acumen, stakeholder and supplier management, preparation of negotiation materials and approaches - advanced

  • Strategic sourcing process management and supplier performance management - advanced

  • MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Word - intermediate

Aldwych Consulting values diversity and promotes equality. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate against any of the protected characteristics that fall under the Equality Act 2010. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements as required to support your application.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

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