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Category Manager - Telecoms and Technology London or UK based. Role will involve some travel Competitive

Category Manager - Telecoms and Technology

Location: London or UK based. Role will involve some travel |
Salary: Competitive |
Posted: 6 Oct 2021 |
Closes: 17 Oct 2021 |
Job Type: Full Time and Permanent |
Region / Division: Group |
Reference: G4S/MS/2197

Competitive salary, 25 days holiday plus Bank/Public Holidays,Company Car/Allowance,

Job Introduction:

G4S is part of Allied International. Since 1957, Allied Universal® has built its organisation under a single purpose: to keep people safe so our communities can thrive. As a leading global security and facility services provider, we deliver proactive services, cutting-edge technology, and tailored solutions to allow clients to focus on their core business.

With global employees of over 800,000 and revenue $18 Billion, it is our employees who are at the heart of everything we do. The best security solutions begin with a comprehensive proactive risk-based approach where we assess our customer’s unique needs and offer a tailored program to solve their security challenges. This allows us to be our clients’ first line of defence, predict threats in real-time, and plan for the unplanned. The result is more secure businesses and the comfort of knowing that those businesses, assets, and lives are safe.

Our customised state-of-the-art technology solutions provide full lifecycle support to ensure the safety and security of our client’s personnel, property and assets. We take pride in our extensive knowledge in a range of specialty sectors such as Healthcare, Commercial Real Estate, Education, Manufacturing, Retail, Government and Corporate Campuses, and more.

The Telecoms and Technology Category Manager is part of the Procurement team. The role's responsibility is to drive economic value to the business as a result of leading the implementation of both regional and local procurement strategies that deliver measurable improvements in cost, quality and service. Work closely with the business units and key stakeholders, ensuring alignment between the organisation needs and Procurement objectives.

Role Responsibility:

  • Accountable for ensuring Category Management approach is followed, including:-
    • Accountable for developing and maintaining high quality Category strategy plans
    • Regular meetings with key stakeholders to agree initiatives & priorities o Drive initiatives, from the procurement point of view, to achieve on time and in full delivery
    • Managing Strategic Sourcing projects (in line with Procurement Governance) from strategy, sourcing, through to negotiation and contract award.
    • Agreeing (and performing, as appropriate) post contract award Contract Management (contract admin, SRM, SPM) roles and responsibilities with stakeholders
    • Commercial supplier management of critical strategic suppliers
    • Recognise synergies with other areas of spend and incorporate where appropriate
  • Accountable for ensuring all his/her projects follow the agreed procurement governance and projects managed using nominated systems as appropriate
  • Is able to create and manage large complex sourcing events and negotiation activities with key suppliers, in line with the Telecoms & Technology Category strategies, ensuring supply chain solutions meet the business requirements and deliver in year P/L savings and efficiencies.
  • Builds a clear and creditable opportunities pipeline (3 year vision) ensuring integration into the Global benefits trackers and demand calendar
  • Act as the expert and main day to day procurement contact for his/her assigned category, as is seen as a ‘seasoned professional’ by stakeholders
  • Capable stakeholder management skills, ability to liaise with stakeholders of all levels confidently and autonomously building strong and effective relationships
  • Drive supplier performance measures against which suppliers are monitored within a culture of continuous improvement and best practice, making recommendations to change suppliers where necessary
  • Has a good understanding of how E-Sourcing works and how it should sit within G4S procurement.
  • Provide leadership in the management and implementation of UK wide supply contracts
  • Ensure the UK&I Region fully optimizes its procurement leverage through structured supplier rationalisation and consolidation programs
  • Ensure full contractual and legal compliance ensuring suppliers perform strictly in line with contractual conditions and legislative requirements; including risk assessments
  • Show a clear understanding of the business plans/strategies that might impact the category.
  • Able to deputise for the Head of IT Category
  • Ensure regular market testing and benchmarking is performed to ensure the maintenance of market competitiveness, value for money and best practice.
  • Escalate issues to the Head of IT Procurement and/or operational stakeholders as appropriate

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills and knowledge:

  • Working collaboratively & Pro-actively
  • Customer First Attitude
  • Creating Change and Innovation
  • Simplifying the Complex
  • Knowledge in managing databases
  • Tenacity and Influencing
  • Attention to detail
  • Sourcing, procurement and contract management skills and experience across multiple categories with at least 3-5 years procurement experience.
  • Personal credibility with good knowledge and understanding of commercial and operational requirements and able to present these with authority and conviction
  • Experience in the development and delivery of business strategy and a track record of ensuring that such strategies deliver sustainable commercial benefit and are fit for operational delivery.
  • Strong organisational skills, with experience of project management and program management, and a track record of successful deployment of major change.
  • Educated to degree/CLPS level with relevant qualifications
  • Good technical Procurement skills – i.e. ability to write and run full and compliant tenders, negotiate and develop contracts for high profile Procurement projects.
  • Justify saving & negotiated benefits

Desirable Skills and Knowledge:

  • CIPS qualified or equivalent.
  • Telecoms & Technology Procurement experience desirable
  • Influencing and communication skills, using a range of techniques to best effect. Able to deliver messages effectively at all levels
  • Experienced negotiator with excellent influencing skills and ability to think on feet and make decisions under pressure. Track record of effective team working with legal, procurement and technical professionals.
  • Must be confident in challenging others, whilst at the same time maintaining and building a professional relationship
  • Personal resilience and drive to succeed. Self motivated to achieve against targets
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to present effectively to all audience levels and able to network across the business
  • Strong decision making skills, ability to balance consultative and directive approaches appropriate to scope and scale of decision
  • Developed analytical skills able to identify key technical options at the highest level

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