Category Lead

Greater Manchester
Full time
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1,001-5,000 employees
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This is a hybrid role which will require occasional travel into your local office, or other offices across the UK.

Our goal at CityFibre is to unlock the digital potential of Britain by creating a broadband network that works seamlessly for everyone, every day. Powerful, gigabit-speed connections that enable people across entire communities to enjoy life in full flow. To do this, we make sure that our people’s voices are heard, their ideas are welcomed, and everyone is given the opportunity to make a real impact.

What you can expect from us

Everyone at CityFibre has an important part to play, and we reflect that in our benefits. With a competitive salary depending on experience + a car allowance, when you join us, you’ll also enjoy 25 days’ holiday, a day off on your birthday, a day off to support a charity or organisation of your choice, a performance-related bonus scheme, and private healthcare.

How you’ll change it up

In this newly created role within our Procurement function, you’ll be taking the lead on sourcing and contract management for a defined range of suppliers within the active engineering space. Contributing to the overall sourcing strategies set by our Procurement Manager, you’ll ensure effective in-life contract management across your category supply base. Day to day, this is some of what you can expect to be doing:

  • Building and managing key senior internal and supplier relationships
  • Developing and implementing the category strategy, using data insights to help add value and inform decision making
  • Managing the spend across your category area – working with Finance to create future budgets and review financial performance across the suppliers you manage
  • Identifying and managing supply chain risks for your area and proposing solutions
  • Negotiating clear, robust, and favourable terms in contractual and commercial frameworks across your categories

What you’ll bring to the role

You’ll have end-to-end experience in contract management, supplier selection and auditing, as well as the ability to build successful working relationships with stakeholders at a senior level. You’ll also bring the following:

  • An understanding of procurement principles around effective category and change management
  • Ability to articulate your ideas and strategies to colleagues and senior stakeholders
  • Experience working in a changing environment, using your proactive approach to identify improved ways of working

We’re looking for people who don’t settle for ‘good enough’ and push things forward. If you’ve just found yourself thinking, ‘I’d love to do this’, we want to hear from you. Let’s change it up.

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

CityFibre is working hard to change up the telecoms industry. This means we’re committed to providing equal opportunities to people from all backgrounds and commitments, including your carer and family status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, gender and gender identity. We’re also offering training programmes and placement opportunities to support the skilled, career changers, service-leavers, and returning workers to become part of our teams.

If there’s any additional support or adjustment you require in the application process to help you achieve your best, please get in touch by emailing We’re here to support you in changing up your career.