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Jobs - Category Manager


Reporting to a local Head of Supply Chain and working in conjunction with the Chief Supply Chain Officer this role as Category Manager provides procurement and supplier partnership expertise to our team in the areas of strategic sourcing and category management for the Group.  

The Postholder will provide a consistent supplier approach to our Category Management team, customers, sales teams, and the supply chain to effectively manage and optimise all procurement activities and leverage expertise for the Group. It is expected that the Postholder will deliver high-quality, innovative, and cost-effective methodologies to support our customers’ requirement and future needs, while taking into consideration the engagement of suppliers.  A key function of the role is to drive engagement, innovation, and grow the customers’ business by leveraging suppliers to increase productivity, performance, and growth within a fair and competitive environment.



  • Research, Innovate, Tender, Launch & Review Cycle and execute global, regional, and country supply chain strategies in coordination with key stakeholders
  • Lead supplier qualification and sourcing activities ensuring the engagement and buy-in from key stakeholders throughout the process
  • Develop, issue, and share supplier scorecards on a regular basis to the relevant internal teams
  • Managing SLA’s & TA’s with Supply Chain Managers
  • Category Managers will have managerial responsibilities. Responsible for arranging products training through the whole business (Sales/Intercompany/stake holders)
  • Use data, statistics, industry benchmarking, and business experiences to make recommendations to optimize the supply chain strategy and identify new manufacturers and resource pipelines
  • Monitor and report margin capabilities and exceptions with GP targets
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders through regular communication and value-added category management support
  • Assesses and evaluates supplier business practices, capabilities, competencies, innovation, health, and growth potentials to recommend targeted suppliers that would exceed in responsiveness, financial viability, innovative, and risk mitigation strategies while delivering the best quality candidates
  • Analyse and deliver strategic communication to suppliers about performance and expectations in conjunction with corrective action plans
  • Align supplier selection, agreement, and processes to meet customer’s cost-saving goals by suggesting supplier strategies that would allow win-win results.
  • Remain up to date on industry best practices, procurement and supplier management and category trends to drive improvement




The role does not have line management responsibility.  However, you will be expected to act as a mentor to junior team members who support the purchasing activity for the business, including cross-training where required.

The post holder will be expected to work any hours required in the execution of his/her duties.

It is the company’s intention that this job description is seen as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the jobholder is accountable.  However, the business will change, and the jobholder’s obligations are bound to vary and develop, so the job description should be seen as a guide and not as a permanent, definite and exhaustive statement.





Key Skills

§  Strong presentation skills

§  Analytical with high attention to detail in administration

§  Experienced in market research and the ability to market products effectively

§  Proven success’ in product launches and range propositions

§  Good verbal comprehension and written communication skills

§  Excellent business acumen

§  Ability to work to tight deadlines and stay calm under pressure

§  Inquisitive and challenging to ensure best practice for Zeus


Knowledge and Experience

§  Minimum of 2 years proven procurement experience

§  Financially aware (good understanding / experience of managing budgets) and commercially astute with an analytical mind

§  Ability to manage third party relationships and spend portfolios

§  Strong commercial and contractual experience

§  Flexible in approach, capable of prioritising numerous work streams

§  Excellent planning, organisation and administration skills

§  An effective communicator ensuring key decisions and strategies gain buy in and are delivered


Personal Attributes

§  Target driven individual with a desire to succeed.

§  Passion for providing outstanding levels of customer service.

§  Proactive ‘can do’ attitude.

§  Ability to work as a team and use own initiative when required.

§  Progressive, ambitious, and enthusiastic personality traits

§  Analytical and results driven




§  CIPS qualification desired or relevant profession qualification

§  Computer skills’ including Excel / Word / Outlook - Intermediate level is a minimum.

Please send a CV and covering letter to (HR Business Partner)