Strategic Category Lead - IT/Software

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    Solihull, West Midlands

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    £45000 - £50000.00 per annum + bonus

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    Scott Williams

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    8 months ago

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Strategic Category Lead - IT/Software
Financial Services
West Midlands
£45,000 to £50,000

Are you currently working as a Buyer or a Senior Buyer in the Financial Services sector? Do you have experience of buying IT systems & Software? Would you like to join the other 7,500 employees across 75 countries around the world? This could be the role for you…

Our client is the largest bank in the Eurozone and a Top 10 global banks operating in two core businesses, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Retail Banking and Services.

We are now looking for a Strategic Category Lead who will focus on the purchasing of IT systems and Software in the Personal Finance department. This ranges from sourcing and on-boarding through to the day-to-day management of the contractual and commercial relationship. The Strategic Category Lead will work with senior stakeholders and the Procurement team to conduct procurement activities in line with internal Policy, best professional practice and agreed contracts.

About the role

  • Support key stakeholders and Contract Managers in a program of continuous improvement with suppliers, focusing primarily on cost reduction, innovation, risk mitigation and regulatory and legislative compliance
  • Lead RFx processes from end to end; draft and review contracts, working closely with the business and with the Legal and Finance teams
  • Develop supplier relationships to ensure best value is delivered and unlocked from existing contracts; directly manage contract delivery
  • Support stakeholders in the management of key contracts and suppliers, in accordance with company policies, providing appropriate advice and support to the senior management team

About you

  • RFx process
  • Strong experience of licensing procurement
  • IT/Software Category Management
  • Practice of procurement in an FCA-regulated context
  • Performance KPI and SLA industry standards
  • Commercial acumen
  • Good knowledge of contract law
  • Negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to liaise and influence all levels of management and work with other departments
  • Direct or Indirect Category Management
  • Cost reduction and value improvement
  • Procurement in the Financial Services sector or within other technically driven sector
  • Educated to degree level (or with commensurate experience)
  • MCIPS or equivalent, or working towards - Desirable

Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of IT/Software Procurement in a FCA regulated environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Strategic Category Lead role, please contact Scott Williams at Jonathan Lee Recruitment PSC17

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