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Category Manager - Machining

Salary: £48000 - £55000 per annum

Location: Hertfordshire

Job Type: Permanent

Posted: 22/01/2019

Job Ref: 123103794

Category Manager – Machining


£48,000 - £55,000 + benefits

* Please note, as this client is within the defence sector a full SC clearance is required. British Nationals and Dual Nationalities considered.

Would you like to join an organisation which has a large commercial function?

An opportunity has arisen for Category Manager to join developing and changing procurement team. You will be bringing your strategic mindset to a high volume function and becoming a huge asset to the mechanical function of the organisation.

What will you be doing?

• Supporting the development & implementation of Machining Category strategies, pro-actively providing accountability along with ideas and solutions.

• Leading negotiations with suppliers to optimise cost, delivery and quality of products.

• Taking active participation, in multifunctional and international teams, to support definition and negotiation strategies for specific categories and/or projects. Leading national multi-functional teams as required.

• Managing suppliers and, where necessary, building up longer-term supplier management expectations.

• Contributing to managing supplier performance in support of the Supply Chain Managers Operational targets.

• Building strong relationships with Internal customers in order to effectively serve their needs, often with shorter than expected timescales.

• Actively supporting functional excellence programmes, identifying and developing areas for improvement where new processes may be required.

• Providing and sometimes presenting briefs and reports for Senior Management reviews including potential issues/risks.

• Identifying & securing savings opportunities.

• Raising & negotiating contract documents.

• Raising, maintaining and managing Request for Quotations, Purchase Orders and outstanding order books in an effective and timely manner

What are we looking for?

• Degree/HND or similar with significant experience working in defence/Aerospace/Automotive industries,

• Category Management Knowledge & experience.

• Strong understanding of the business and technical requirements related to Machining industry.

• Knowledge of Mechanical technologies e.g. Standard & Precision Machining (Preferred) Other technology experience is useful; (Areas: Fabrication, Forgings, Ball Screws, Bearings, Optics, Composites, ALM and Standard Components etc.)

• Effective understanding of technical queries with the ability to liaise between suppliers and customers.

• Good understanding of cost make up and industry drivers.

• Strong team and facilitation skills.

• Strong communication skills.

• Excellent negotiation skills.

• Excellent influencing skills.

• A proactive & flexible approach to plan and meet demanding deadlines.

If you are a collaborative and love a challenge in your career, this could be the ideal next step for you. In return you will receive a salary of £48,000 - £55,000 + additional benefits including flexible working and overtime. If this position sounds of interest, please apply with your CV today.


Kirsty McEwen


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