Centrica • United Kingdom

Procurement Category Manager - Mail, Print, Marketing

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.

An opportunity to play your part – As the successful candidate you will be responsible for formulating and implementing Category Strategies across multiple domains, encompassing Mail, Print and Marketing Production, Customer Incentives, Research & Insight, and Marketing Events & Sponsorship. These categories are integral to all aspects of Centrica's operations, necessitating close collaboration and involvement with senior business stakeholders. The role involves executing procurement initiatives and category strategies that are in line with the overarching business strategy, aiming to achieve optimal commercial outcomes for Centrica.

Location: UK (talk to us about flexible working)

The day to day

  • Collaborate with business stakeholders to devise a procurement activity wave plan, considering new business needs, strategic objectives, emerging risks, and impending supplier contracts expiration.
  • Utilize a comprehensive understanding of market dynamics, employing tools like Porter's Five Forces and Kraljic, as well as cost drivers specific to the business unit / functions needs, to craft the Category Strategy.
  • Develop go-to-market strategies in conjunction with business stakeholders.
  • Engage and influence stakeholders across all levels to amplify the impact of the Category Strategy.
  • Take the lead in executing complex, high-value tenders aligned with the Category Strategy.
  • Conduct commercial negotiations for intricate deals while managing the diverse demands of multiple stakeholders.
  • Spearhead contract drafting and negotiation in collaboration with appropriate Legal teams.
  • Drive the development of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) activities in accordance with the Centrica SRM framework for each respective Category.
  • Project manage procurement initiatives, encompassing all aspects of risk management and contract governance processes, in collaboration with business stakeholders (Group Contracts Committee and Centrica Investment Committee).
  • Effectively manage and optimize the supplier base within the category, including buying channels and category playbooks, to facilitate stakeholder purchasing.
  • Cultivate robust relationships and be recognized as a key business partner to the stakeholder group.
  • Collaborate across the Procurement Function to deliver an exemplary experience for stakeholders.

What’s in it for you -

  • Competitive salary of up to £80000 plus bonus potential.
  • 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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