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Junior Category Manager

Aberdeen City, Belfast, County Dublin, Highland Council, Perth and Kinross, Portsmouth, Reading, Renfrewshire
Full time
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SSE plc
Mining, resources & energy
10,001+ employees
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SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £20.5 billion in low carbon projects to 2027, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

Join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

About the Role

Base Location: Flexible, however our preference is that you will be based in one of our key UK or Ireland sites, which includes but is not limited to:- Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Reading, Havant, Belfast or Dublin.

Salary: £40,600 - £61,000+ performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

An exciting permanent opportunity has arisen for a Junior Category Manager to join our Energy Infrastructure Category Team working principally across the categories of Overhead Line and Innovation in support of our Networks Transmission and Distribution businesses and wider Group companies. This role will cover a variety of Works, Goods and Services. A fundamental aspect of this role is to ensure that any SSE group requirements are captured and fulfilled against the categories assigned to you by the team of Category Managers, flexing across the categories based upon the priorities set by those individuals.

- As a Junior Category Manager, you will be responsible, with support from the Category Manager(s), for conducting internal and external analysis and engaging effectively with stakeholders to determine optimum value creation opportunities for the categories e.g. sourcing strategies, process improvements, renegotiation strategies, dispute resolution etc.

- In addition, you will be required to develop relationships and work closely with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure the development and delivery of category strategies that are aligned with corporate and business unit strategies and value drivers.

- Reporting directly into the Senior Category Manager for Overhead Line and Innovation, you will create and execute a category management approach to the procurement of a portfolio of spend to ensure generation of commercial efficiencies, mitigation of supply and construction risks and drive down the total cost of ownership to the organisation.

- You will be responsible for analysing the spend per category to detail opportunities such as; savings, strategic importance to the organisation, level of risk or to simply identify any lack of compliance with the category plan. Accountabilities will also include managing the supplier’s ability to comply with their contractual obligations as well as reducing risk and improving sustainability to improve the quality and reliability of the supply chain.

- You will also be responsible for undertaking strategic sourcing events, negotiation and execution of effective, robust Framework Agreements, Call Off Contracts and One-off Contracts, in alignment with the category strategy.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- Have experience in Procurement having completed high value complex tenders within a similar environment including experience of using NEC engineering and construction contract or equivalent.

- Broad knowledge of contracts with the ability to draft special terms for goods, work and services, dispute procedures, with knowledge of relevant statutory and legal provisions to include construction risk.

- Be accomplished in negotiating costs and terms conditions.

- Be enthusiastic with excellent influencing and stakeholder management skills.

- Be comfortable communicating a various levels within the business including presentation skills.

About our Business

At SSE, we own more than 500 property assets and several thousand land assets, which are located across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland. Our Procurement & Commercial, Property and Facilities Management teams are responsible for helping the business to procure services and materials in a timely and cost-effective way, and for ensuring SSE offers a safe, modern, fit-for-purpose property portfolio. We work right across the SSE Group, ensuring our businesses gets the best possible service and value from our supplier network, as well as ensuring all service providers are compliant and continue to meet contractual obligations and business need.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Francesca at / 01738 344763.

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.