Centrica are going through an exciting period of change. We’re evolving to become a truly purpose-led organisation, helping millions of customers to live more sustainably, simply, and affordably. We truly believe that we have a huge role to play in helping the nation to cut carbon emissions and prepare for a net zero future, and it’s a role we are immensely proud of.
An opportunity to play your part. The role of the Procurement Category Specialist is to create and implement a Category strategy through collaboration with stakeholders and Category leaders, aiming to carry out procurement projects that deliver the optimal commercial results for Centrica.
The Day to Day
Collaborate closely with business stakeholders to establish a strategic plan for procurement activities, taking into account new business requirements, business strategy, emerging risks, and expiring contracts with suppliers
Utilize a comprehensive understanding of market dynamics, incorporating tools such as Porters Five Forces and Kraljic, as well as cost drivers specific to the goods/services/technology in question, to formulate the category strategy
Work collaboratively with business stakeholders to devise effective go-to-market strategies
Assume a leadership role in the execution of procurement tenders in alignment with the category strategy
Lead commercial negotiations adeptly
Take the lead in drafting and negotiating contracts, collaborating closely with Commercial Legal and specialized legal teams
Develop Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) initiatives in accordance with the Centrica SRM framework
Oversee the contract governance process in collaboration with business stakeholders, including the Group Contracts Committee
Effectively manage risk in partnership with risk subject matter experts (SME teams)
Manage and optimize the supplier base within the category, encompassing buying channels and the category playbook, to facilitate tactical sourcing
Collaborate extensively across the Procurement Function to ensure the delivery of the optimal experience for stakeholders
A degree in procurement, business, or a related field, or relevant work experience (2+ years working in a large-scale procurement organization)
Possession of MCIPS or ISM certifications is advantageous but not mandatory
Proficiency in translating stakeholder requirements and market dynamics into a well-defined category strategy
Strategic thinking capabilities and the ability to communicate how the category strategy aligns with business needs
Strong knowledge of effectively navigating market dynamics
Proficiency in commercial and negotiation skills
Capability to effectively manage key suppliers to preserve value achieved through negotiation and sourcing
Competent in stakeholder management
Strong negotiation skills
Proficiency in influencing without direct authority
Skilful in managing upward relationships
Expertise in project management
What's in it for you
Competitive salary and bonus potential
Employee Energy Allowance at 15% of the government price cap
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!
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