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Category Manager

Aberdeen City, Belfast, County Dublin, Highland Council, Perth and Kinross, Portsmouth, Reading, Renfrewshire, West Yorkshire
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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, Leeds, Reading, Havant, Belfast or Dublin.

Salary: £47,600 - £71,600 + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

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

We currently have an opportunity for an exciting, challenging strategic role as a Category Manager within SSE's Procurement Operations function. We are seeking an experienced Procurement professional to work principally across the Overhead Line and Innovation categories in support of our Networks businesses – Transmission and Distribution, and wider Group companies.

- Reporting to the Senior Category Manager for Overhead Line and Innovation, you will be responsible for developing strategies, sourcing and managing a wide variety of goods, works and services. 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 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...

- The Category Manager will be expected to have a solid understanding of the supply chain, market drivers and cost components, Knowledge of the overall market with respect to other developers and competitors plus upstream raw material producers and supply chain capacity is also welcome.

- You will be expected to have a strong background within strategic procurement of Overhead Line works, services, plant and materials or infrastructure category management and a track record in delivering innovative commercial approaches.

- You will be expected to have a general understanding of sources of funding for innovation from Ofgem, namely the Networks Innovation Allowance (NIA) and Strategic Innovation Funding, and be willing to further develop knowledge of the governance processes involved in these as part of this role.

- You will be responsible for conducting internal and external market, risk, demand, spend analyses, effective stakeholder engagement and development of optimum sourcing strategies.

- You will lead or project manage others to provide a range of sourcing activities in support of category plans and in accordance with all policies and procedures. You will foster strong relationships with key suppliers.

What do I need?

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

- A sound understanding and experience of Category Management and the development and communication of corresponding procurement strategies; and a track record of delivering high value or high risk/complex procurement projects within challenging timescales.

- You will be expected to have a broad knowledge of power generation supply markets (goods, works and services), end to end supply chain (and value chain) and the associated contracting options – with an ability to draft and negotiate specific and appropriate terms, including dispute procedures.

- You will have a strong commercial awareness and appreciation of contractual risk and significant experience in drafting and negotiating the suite of NEC3 Contracts and/or FIDIC Contracts.

- An understanding of various aspects of a group of products and services as well as an understanding of company policies and legal procedures is desirable.

- You will be expected to be fully conversant in procurement related IT systems such as Oracle, Jaggaer and Achilles Utilities Vendor Database.

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 / 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.