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Category/Procurement Manager (8979)

Category/Procurement Manager


Number of Vacancies Available: 4

Specialisms Required: 2 x Indirect, 1 x Engineering, 1 x Property & Facilities Management

Location: Flexible UK

Duration of Roles: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract


What's the purpose of these vacancies?

FirstGroup's Head of Procurement is looking to recruit 4 Category/Procurement Managers, specialising in Indirect (x 2), Engineering (x 1) and Property & Facilities Management (x1), to deliver best value for money by effective management of spend, within assigned categories, ensuring that cross divisional synergies are identified and leveraged.


You will be responsible for delivering Accelerate project initiatives, providing benefit across FirstGroup UK for categories which they are accountable.


What are the principle accountabilities for this role?

  • Effective management of all UK spend within the portfolio of assigned procurement categories.
  • Delivery and reporting of cost benefits against agreed targets.
  • Ensuring that cost benefits are agreed and signed off by business stakeholders and Finance.
  • Identification and implementation of benefits resulting from cross divisional synergies.
  • Engagement with stakeholders to ensure that procurement category strategies are aligned with business objectives and priorities.
  • Effective supplier management, relationship (SRM) and performance (SPM), to ensure that supplier's deliver contractual obligations but also seek and deliver continual improvement opportunities.
  • Ensuring that the sourcing, contracts and R2P agreed with suppliers are aligned with First policies, procedures, governance and values.
  • Ensuring that cost, risk and compliance is managed through robust contracts with approved suppliers and that trading terms and conditions are aligned with First legal governance, requirements and obligations.
  • Be recognised as the SME for all assigned categories of spend.
  • Provide advice and guidance to stakeholders to support business objectives e.g. rail franchise and bus tender bidding.
  • Support the [insert line manager title] with delivery of major projects as identified.
  • Guide identified synergistic procurement projects as the SME on a UK wide basis.


In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed, the jobholder may be required on occasion to perform other duties assigned by the supervisor/manager. This job description is a guide to the duties and responsibilities of the post and is not exhaustive.  Subject to the needs of the service, the content of the job description for this post is subject to continuous review.


What type of person do we need?

A resilient and highly-organised person is required, with the ability to communicate effectively and with Senior Stakeholders. Someone with strong negotiation & influencing skills would be a great match, as would an individual who's flexible and adaptive to changing priorities & objectives.


You will need to be confident with developing and managing collaborative business relationships (both internally & externally) and be able to identify & deliver innovative solutions.


What previous experience is essential, to be considered?

  • Category management across a wide and diverse portfolio.
  • Track record of delivering cost benefits and improvements.
  • Delivering enhanced value from supplier management – relationship (SRM) and performance (SPM).
  • Creating and executing complex tenders and contracts.


Although not essential, it would be beneficial for you to have a recognised professional procurement qualification, such as FCIPS; MCIPS.


Would you like to know more about us?

FirstGroup plc is the leading transport operator in the UK and North America with revenues of more than £6.4 billion a year. We employ approximately 100,000 employees and transport more than 2.1 billion passengers a year. Our vision is to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world, keeping people moving and communities prospering. You'll soon discover that there's so much more to life at FirstGroup than simply doing a job. We're all part of one big family that works hard and supports each other to help millions of people to travel to thousands of different destinations.


FirstGroup plc welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive organisation because we believe that diversity brings benefits for our customers, communities and our people. Valuing our differences and drawing on our collective knowledge and experience helps us develop new services, open up new markets and broaden our customer.

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  • If temporary, length of contract:
    12 Months
  • Closing Date:
    25 January 2019
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