Category Manager

  • Job Reference: 229295
  • Date Posted: 9 July 2024
  • Employer: E.ON UK PLC
  • Location: Trinity House (ng1 4bx), United Kingdom
  • Salary: £44,199 to £56,113
  • Sector: Project Management
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Do you have a commercial background? Do you have experience and knowledge of purchasing processes?

If the answer is yes, then we want to hear from you!

Category Manager

Here's what you'll be doing

The role is for a Supply Chain Category Manager within a UK team of 34. You will have a strategic impact on significant areas of spend within purchasing of Goods and Services and be instrumental in leading on the delivery of procurement initiatives and value delivery. The post holder’s responsibilities will include:

·        Develop category expertise in collaboration with technical experts.


·        Support development and implementation of category sourcing strategy


·        Act as constructive challenging partner to the business and capture stakeholders’ demands and requirements.


·        Manage and interface with the supplier market in terms of opening new and competitive supply channels, development and standardization of suppliers.


·        Manage the operational sourcing process - demand/market analysis, RFI, RFPs, negotiations, contracting and supplier implementation in close collaboration with key stakeholders.


·        Drive 'total cost of ownership' optimization and contribute to product/service rationalization.


·        Manage supply risk and take appropriate corrective actions.


·        Contribute to identifying and achieving targeted savings.


·        Guide and support stakeholders as escalation point with contract or supplier related issues.

Key Behaviours we are looking for:


·        be courageous, confident and bold in your approach.


·        be an effective communicator, someone who can adapt their style accordingly.


·        seek out new ways of doing things, embrace new technologies and have a digital mindset.


·        be a strategic thinker, a dot-joiner, someone who thinks ahead and forms a tactical plan to deliver the strategy.


·        be customer focussed, developing a deep understanding of our business and stakeholder needs and how your actions can deliver customer value.


·        develop meaningful relationships and collaborate effectively to deliver great outcomes


·        be curious and take positive action in your own self development


·        take accountability for delivering the right outcome for the business


·        care for yourself, your colleagues and your world.


What we need from you:


  • Previous experience working in a sourcing, buying, commercial or contract management role
  • An understanding of purchasing and supply chain issues and category management practices
  • A collaborative team player with good influencing skills
  • Sound commercial acumen, good analytical skills and strong attention to detail
  • An understanding of SAP, or equivalent ERP system.
  • A “one team” approach with a demonstrable commitment and contribution to the overall development of the Supply Chain team. 
  • legal knowledge of supply contracts, and the ability to negotiate and agree terms & conditions

What else do I need to know?

Our market-leading benefits package includes 26 days holiday + bank holidays, a generous pension scheme, life cover, bonus and the chance to choose from 20 flexible benefits with tax and/or NI savings. In fact, our benefits package recently won the Personnel Today Reward, Recognition and Benefits Award 2022! 

As the only energy company to feature in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers (our 2022/23 ranking is 15th) we’ve proven that we’re committed to equal opportunities and actively promote a diverse and inclusive working environment, and fairness for everyone. 

We realise the best people bring their energy at different times, so we’re happy to talk flexible working and offer a range of flexible working options, including full time, part time and job share. 

As a Disability Confident Employer we interview every disabled applicant who meet the minimum criteria for the role. 

We’ve exciting opportunities for everyone to develop their talent at E.ON. Our open access, inclusive talent networks provide networking, learning and development for all, building your skills, qualifications, and capabilities throughout your career.