Vacancy for Category Manager

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Location UK Role - home based with some UK travel
Contract Type Permanent - Employee
Working Hours per Week 40 hours
Remuneration £55,000 per annum plus benefits including £5,520 per annum car allowance
Job Reference GR/10728

The Category Manager will develop the OCS Supply Chain proposition through close engagement with Sector leaders, SLTs and other senior stakeholders, driving best commercial practice and implementing the Procurement Policy, including but not limited to VRD delivery, supplier performance and operational risk management.

This job is homebased (ideally within easy reach of our Manchester offices) with some UK travel 

Responsibilities will include:

Develop and implement the OCS Supply Chain Strategy led by our Procurement Policy

Deliver strategic actions as per the OCS Procurement Strategic Action Plan

Deliver the annual savings plan, plus any Sector specific Deep Dive plans, and ensure all inbound revenue is invoiced and collected on time – ensuring zero aged debt

Proactive, strategic performance management of a supply chain, in particular Tier 1 and 2 suppliers using KPIs, CIP and CAPs

Swift and effective management of escalated performance issues, dealing with the issue and feeding into CIP and CAPs

Proactively identify and manage supply chain risk

Operate as supply chain Business Partner to a specific sector or strategic objective, including supporting the business development process and driving sector specific savings and performance improvement plans

Support with mobilisations of new client contracts, which can be at short notice and demobilisations

Accurately report financial and operational performance, financial forecasting and annual budgeting, as per the requirements of the business

Manage supply chain risk and opportunities, (financial, commercial, operational, legal and reputational)

Contribute to the global centre of excellence for supply chain management with the creation of global VRD deals, knowledge sharing, and virtual Business Partnering with key territories

Lead, inspire and support your team members and if appropriate, line management of individual(s)


Qualifications & Experience required:

Degree or professional qualification, or relevant experience in a similar role

Membership of CIPS would be desirable

Procurement, Vendor/Supplier Management, or similar Commercial Role

Experience delivering bottom-line impacting savings

High levels of customer service on an “intellectual equal” basis

Drafting and negotiating contracts, in conjunction with lawyers and suppliers

Financial reporting in a blue-chip environment

Influencing stakeholders and presenting to wide audiences

High level of personal resilience and self-belief

Excellent communication and influencing skills, including marketing of yourself, the team and business on social media channels

Tenacious negotiator, ensuring nothing is left on the table

Accuracy and precision in budgeting and reporting

Problem solving and ownership of issues

Strong team player, with an interest in providing active feedback to develop the team

What will you get in return?

  • An enhanced pension scheme (above auto enrolment rates) - to save for the future
  • Life Assurance – to protect your family should the worst happen
  • 25 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays on top
  • Option to purchase additional annual leave
  • Private Medical Insurance – to protect you
  • Access to 100s of high street discounts
  • Financial Wellbeing support - Access to low interest loans
  • Recognition scheme ‘OCS Stars’- monetary rewards given to top performers
  • Training and Development- apprenticeships, e-learning, English as a Second Language and our award nominated ‘Impact’ Programme
  • Long Service Awards
  • Cycle to work scheme- discounted bicycles
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme- 24-7 Health & Wellbeing Support

Why join OCS Group UK Ltd?

OCS prides itself as a company with strong family values and we are passionate about hiring people who demonstrate the same.

We take CARE of you; We act SAFELY and responsibly; We are TRUSTWORTHY; We work as EXPERTS. If you share these Values, we want you to be part of our team.

OCS have a well-respected brand and our colleagues are empowered to be the best version of themselves. We offer job stability and are committed to developing our colleagues by offering more than just a job. We are a financially stable business who continues to be privately owned since its inception in 1900.

We reward those who demonstrate our values and since the launch of our OCS Star recognition scheme we have rewarded nearly 1,500 colleagues with monetary vouchers, certificates, and public recognition within the business.

We invest and support the growth of our people and are currently sponsoring over 310 colleagues who are enrolled in a variety of apprenticeship programmes, ranging from Level 3 qualifications in customer service to degree programmes in Leadership. If you want to develop you career, OCS is a great choice.

OCS offers the family feel of smaller organisations although large enough to offer so many opportunities. We recognise your efforts and contribution and show our appreciation through a variety of reward schemes which in turn results in our colleagues staying with OCS.  Our business is the family you can choose, and our people stay for the friendships, opportunities, and career fulfilment we offer