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    £65,300 - £72,600 + £4,000 Flex allowance, up to 20% bonus and benefits
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Senior Operations Category Manager

Senior Category Manager – Operations

'To be the airport for everyone, whatever your journey'

£65,300 - £72,600 + £4,000 Flex allowance, up to 20% bonus and benefits

Are you a senior procurement professional with experience working within operational services such as manufacturing, in a direct procurement role? Are you looking for a challenging new opportunity?

We are looking for great people who can help us redefine what's possible for our procurement team and continue their journey.

What is the role?

The Senior Category Manager will work alongside the Senior Procurement Manager in the set up and delivery of agreed targets in line with the company goals and priorities. The candidate will design and deploy the procurement strategy of the category responsible for.

This role is responsible for driving value through being a trusted commercial advisor who supports and call into question stakeholders' requirements. They will provide procurement support and guidance ensuring adherence to procurement governance and procedures.

What will you do?

  • Develop and implement comprehensive category strategies, aligning Quality Business Reviews with strategic business expectations.
  • Collaborate, build, and maintain strong relationship with key business stakeholders, departments such as Legal and suppliers.
  • Identify cost optimisation, leveraging market insights, supplier consolidation and innovative sourcing strategies.
  • Proactively identify and mitigate risks ensuring business continuity and compliance with regulatory requirement.
  • Lead the commercial and contractual interactions with external suppliers where appropriate.
  • Own the end-to-end procurement cycle, maximising value throughout each phase from Scope Definition, Supplier Selection, Tendering to Contract Award, Contract Mobilisation and Contract Management.
  • Ensure a consistent approach towards Procurement Policies and Procedures. Maintaining data accuracies within ERP systems and contract management tools and SAP supplier database.

Do you have what we're looking for?

  • Bachelor's degree in Business administration, Supply Chain Management or a related field
  • CIPS qualified or equivalent
  • In depth experience as a focused operational procurement specialist within a large company, in a highly regulated environment.
  • Experience of drafting and negotiating contracts to meet strategic business objectives and achieve operational excellence.
  • Good understanding of strategic procurement with ability to work with and develop category strategies.
  • Proven track record for leading complex RFI/P, procurement actions whilst delivering value.
  • Ability to drive change in a decentralised organisation.
  • Strategic thinker, with strong problem-solving skills and an ability to communicate at all levels of the organisation.

What's it like to work here?

Our employees tell us that working here is something special and no day is like another. Along with a competitive salary our employees enjoy a range of personal, health and financial benefits, including:

  • Performance-based bonus scheme
  • High street shops and restaurant discounts
  • Healthcare scheme
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Professional training to develop
  • Discounted travel to work schemes
  • Volunteer days

What it's like to work at London Gatwick?

At London Gatwick, our people are our biggest asset. We want our people to thrive and have the best experience while working with us. We know we are all at our best when we feel comfortable and included.

We are an organisation that places diversity, equity and inclusion at its heart. Our aim; to create a place where everyone belongs and has a voice, and we recognise we all play an important role in our success.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made as part of the application process please contact us directly.

Click apply to begin your journey, your way with London Gatwick.

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Clare Ead


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