Centrica • United Kingdom

Procurement Category Specialist

Employment type:  Full time


A little flex time

Job Description

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

About You

  • 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

  • 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!

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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

We asked employees of Centrica how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

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