Category Manager

  • Job Reference: 00038646-1
  • Date Posted: 14 November 2023
  • Employer: Scot
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Salary: £54,400 to £68,000
  • Sector: Operations
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Procurement Category Manager
Glasgow HQ
Salary ranges from £54,400 - £68,000, plus up to 20% Bonus 

Family health cover and car allowance
Flexible Working Pattern

Closing date: 21st November 

Corporate Procurement have responsibility for managing procurement activity in support of all corporate and business areas.

Working with the UK and Global Procurement teams and liaising closely with the SP Energy Networks business, the post holder will have a key role in managing purchasing activity to deliver operational efficiencies and deliver investments to key strategic projects.

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, the post holder will:


  • Improve & strengthen the available supply chain for the specified business area
  • Advise business on supply chain activity and provide purchasing input to business contracting strategy
  • Ensure all purchasing activity within the designated category is carried out in line with internal and external legal, regulatory and compliance requirements (e.g., EU Procurement Regulations, GDPR, Modern Slavery, Cyber Security and Business Separation requirements)
  • Provide a main point of contact and co-ordination for all purchasing activity within the designated category associated with key strategic projects and operational activity
  • Input to wider global procurement team to identify best practise and leverage global purchasing activity


What you'll be doing


The post holder will be expected to take the lead in delivering the procurement plan within their designated category. Driving a competitive environment to ensure that all operational and project related purchasing activity priorities can be met while optimising efficiency opportunities. 

The post holder particular accountabilities include:


  • Work with all major areas of the wider Iberdrola Group including their designated category, Credit Risk, Insurance, Compliance and Legal 
  • Work with the SP Energy Networks Project teams on their requirements and with the Engineering and Process team on the technical aspects and approvals
  • Interact with industry participants (including suppliers) to develop the supply chain for the specified category
  • Develop procurement strategies for category to drive competitive environment, efficiency in the procurement process and meet the business strategy
  • Co-ordinate purchasing activity with senior management with the designated business area to ensure activity will allow critical business deliverables to be met
  • Ensure that all purchasing activity is carried out in line within legal, regulatory and compliance obligations
  • Develop team individual team members capability, working to identify and support their development needs and requirements
  • Identify savings opportunities through alternative sourcing strategies such as contract re-negotiation, extensions, and aggregation of demand across multiple business areas
  • Develop cost comparison models for use in tender process to ensure that costs are optimised, and process remains transparent
  • Development of the procurement plan for specified category 
  • Develop methods for analysis of comparing the impact on business of different business models based on input from supplier pricing information
  • Providing expert contractual support and advice to project and contract managers in dealing with contractors and suppliers during the post-contract award phase to avoid, mitigate and resolve claims and disputes
  • Lead complex negotiations to resolve contractual disputes including arbitration and adjudication
  • Lead complex strategic tenders for Group requirements for Global commodities and Services to be implemented across the entire Iberdrola Group
  • Provide leadership and development for a team of Procurement professionals responsible for 
    • Management of running tender processes within designated category area
    • Implementation of global contracts into UK business
    • Tendering Group requirements for Global commodities and Services to be implemented across the Group 
    • Provide an initial point of contact for Purchasing process, contractual support and advice for project managers throughout the end-to-end process, including post award disputes
    • Preparation of approval papers and required authorisations from local and global management
    • Negotiation of contractual terms and conditions supported by SP Legal
    • Compliance checks to ensure that awards are only made to suppliers that are fully compliant with internal and external regulations


What you'll bring

  • Educated to degree level, ideally in a commercial, technical or procurement discipline or extensive experience
  • Experience of leading large and complex contract negotiations
  • Ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders, including key external suppliers as well as local and global internally 


What's in it for you


As well as a competitive salary which is reviewed annually, you can also enjoy a number of other benefits. With our pension scheme, we'll double match your contribution up to a company contribution of 10%.   
At ScottishPower, we believe it's the little things we do in life that make a big difference. From helping you look after your family's wellbeing, save for your future and take personal steps for climate action - our benefits are designed to help you do just that -  so that you have everything you need to take care of your world - today and tomorrow. That's why our benefits include: 


    36 days annual leave 
    Holiday purchase - perfect your work/life balance with extra annual leave 
    Share Incentive Plan and Sharesave Scheme 
    Payroll giving and charity matched funding  
    Technology Vouchers - save more and spread the cost of your technology purposes 
    Count us in - pledge to reduce carbon emissions and help fight climate change 
    Electric Vehicle Schemes - to help you transition to green/clean driving 
    Cycle to Work scheme and public transport season ticket loans 
    Options to purchase dental insurance, private medical insurance, health cash plan and annual health assessments 
    Access to nudge' financial wellbeing support 
    Plus shopping, leisure, restaurant and gym discounts, and unique employee deals on travel insurance and more 


Why ScottishPower


ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world's largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy. With a commitment to generate all of our energy from renewable resources and a drive to create the energy infrastructure of the future, we're at the forefront of the journey to Net Zero and investing over £6m every working day to make this happen. With diverse opportunities across our businesses and a commitment to invest in our own internal talent, ScottishPower can offer people real career opportunities that meet personal and professional goals, in a global organisation. 

Inclusion, diversity, and a social purpose are at the heart of everything we do. Together with our values, they bring us together into a stronger, more sustainable business with direct links to the communities we serve. It takes all kinds of people to build a large-scale business like ours, so whatever your background, you'll fit right in. 

ScottishPower is committed to providing reasonable support or adjustments in our recruiting processes for candidates with disabilities, long term conditions, mental health conditions, or who are neurodivergent or require pregnancy-related support. If you need support, please reach out to