Centrica • United Kingdom

Procurement Category Manager - HR & L&D

Employment type:  Full time


A little flex time

Job Description

We are Centrica! We’re so much more than an energy company. We’re a family of brands revolutionising a cleaner, greener future. Working here is #MoreThanACareer - we’re powered by purpose. Together we can make an impact that will truly change tomorrow. Whether you’re developing cutting-edge green tech, helping customers on the front line or simplifying operations behind the scenes.

Your work here isn’t just a job – it’s a mission. We all play a vital role in energising a greener, fairer future.

Centrica is going through an exciting period of change. We are evolving to become a truly purpose-led organisation through our focus on energising a greener, fairer future. We believe that we have a huge role to play in helping the nation to cut carbon emissions and prepare for a net zero future that works for everyone - it’s a role we’re immensely proud of.

An opportunity to play your part – Your role as Procurement Category Manager HR & LD, you will be responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan specifically tailored to the HR & L&D category. Responsible for its substantial business impact and value, you will work in close collaboration and interaction with senior Group HR stakeholders as this engagement is crucial to effectively lead and manage procurement projects, ultimately aiming to optimise Centrica's commercial benefits.

The day to day

  • Collaborate with business stakeholders to develop a comprehensive wave plan for procurement activities, considering new business requirements, strategic goals, emerging risks, and expiring supplier contracts.
  • Utilize tools such as Porters Five Forces and Kraljic to gain a strong understanding of market dynamics and cost drivers specific to HR & L&D, contributing to the formulation of a robust Category Strategy.
  • Work closely with business stakeholders to create effective go-to-market strategies aligned with the overall business objectives.
  • Engage and influence stakeholders at all levels to maximise the impact of the Category Strategy, ensuring alignment with organisational goals.
  • Lead and execute complex high-value tenders in accordance with the Category Strategy, ensuring optimal outcomes for Centrica.
  • Manage commercial negotiations for complex deals, balancing the diverse demands of multiple stakeholders.
  • Lead contract drafting and negotiation in collaboration with Legal teams, ensuring compliance and mitigating risks.
  • Develop and implement SRM activities in alignment with the Centrica SRM framework for the HR & L&D Category.
  • Project manage procurement initiatives, overseeing all aspects of risk management and contract governance processes in collaboration with business stakeholders, including Group Contracts Committee and Centrica Investment Committee.
  • Manage, lead, and coach category specialists supporting HR & L&D and other group categories.
  • Manage and optimise the supplier base within the category, utilizing buying channels and category playbooks to facilitate stakeholder buying.
  • Establish strong relationships, positioning oneself as a key business partner to the HR stakeholder group.
  • Collaborate across the Procurement Function to ensure the delivery of the best possible experience for stakeholders, fostering a cohesive and efficient working environment.

What's in it for you

  • Competitive salary of up to £85000 plus bonus potential.
  • Hybrid working, Flexibility of working locations.
  • Company Car allowance.
  • Employee Energy Allowance at 15% of the government price cap.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Company Funded Healthcare Plan.
  • 25 days holiday allowance, plus public holidays, and the option to buy up to 5 additional days.
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits, including technology vouchers, electric car lease scheme & travel insurance.

At Centrica we embrace diversity and actively seek to attract individuals with unique backgrounds and perspectives. To build a more sustainable future, we need the best team – a team with a diverse mix of people and skills, where everyone feels welcome and able to succeed. We are dedicated in helping to close the diversity gap and would love to see more females, people of colour and LGBTQ+ employees, as well as those from a variety of cultures and ethnicity to veterans and the differently abled. Supporting diversity and inclusion is a big part of who we are, we are not looking for people to fit into our culture but to add to it!

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE by hitting the 'Apply' button.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the ‘Apply’ button.

This role is being handled by the Centrica recruitment team and NO agency contact is required.

Company benefits

Adoption leave
Open to part-time employees
Enhanced sick days
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Gym membership
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Compassionate leave
Dental coverage
Fertility treatment leave
Season ticket loan
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced maternity leave
Carer’s leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Cycle to work scheme
Pension match/increase
Equity packages
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Share options
Financial coaching
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Company car
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Centrica

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Windsor, London, Cardiff, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Stockport, Staines, Hampton, Aberdeen, Barrow, Hull

Hiring Countries




United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
3rd – Consumer Goods

3rd – Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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