Category Manager

Water Corporation

Location: Leederville

Job Type: Not Specified


    Are you able to lead and influence others?

      Would you like to work in a fun and collaborative work environment?

        Permanent opportunity - $146,712 + 11% Super + Benefits

        We’re recognised worldwide for our performance and innovation to secure water supplies for Western Australia in a changing climate. We’re driven to make our state a great place to live, and we have career opportunities to help make it happen.

        A career at Water Corporation can unlock the door to ongoing long term career development opportunities; we also support training and development, flexible work arrangements, health and lifestyle programs and generous company benefits.

        If you share our commitment to WA then consider Water Corporation as the next step in your career.

        About the role

        We have a permanent management opportunity for an experienced category management professional. You will lead and manage a small team of category professionals and provide centre-led Category Management services for one or more high value, complex and/or strategic procurement categories to ensure Water Corporation maximises the commercial, risk, and safety benefits achieved from third-party supply arrangements.

        What the role will offer

          Leverage your considerable category management experience to develop sophisticated sourcing strategies in consultation with Contract Owners and key stakeholders to ensure alignment with corporation goals and objectives.

            Develop Procurement Plans through consultation with key stakeholders to ensure market intelligence, requirements, and a plan for success are clearly documented.

              Work with technical subject matter experts to grow your understanding of business process value chains and operational methods, and translate this knowledge into outstanding commercial outcomes.

                Exploit your knowledge of cost inputs, key indices and economic data to ensure sourcing strategies and pricing reflect local, domestic, and international markets.

                  Provide stewardship of source-to-contact, and post award supplier and contract management in consultation with key stakeholders

                    Develop category risk treatment plans through monitoring and assessment of contract, supplier, market, geo-political, and supply chain risks to ensure residual risk ratings are within Board risk appetite.

                    Key skills and experience

                    You’re a strategic sourcing and category management expert with leadership experience and success in supply market research, preparing commercial strategies, taking complex requirements to market, and leading high value negotiations.

                    We are looking for someone with a strong procurement or strategy background with demonstrated achievements in people management, sourcing strategies, implementing plans, programs, systems, and change initiatives.

                    Ideally, you’ll have a degree-level qualification in business, and experience in post award contract and supplier performance management for complex commercial arrangements involving large and sophisticated national and international 3rd party suppliers.

                    Prior experience with category management of chemicals, fuels, transport and logistics, and/or waste services is desirable but not essential.

                    Applications close 2nd October 2023

                    As part of the recruitment process you will be required to complete Pre-Employment screening which may include a medical, qualification check, police clearance and Australian working rights check.

                    We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

                    Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace:

                    Diversity and inclusion are more than words. They guide us on building a thriving workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and our community.

                    We encourage applications from every background, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, youth, LGBTQIA+ folks and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

                    Applicants with disability who require adjustments, or alternative methods of communication in the recruitment process, can contact a Recruitment Officer at or 9420 2000.

                    To read our diversity and inclusion statement, please visit our website

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