Centrica • United Kingdom

Procurement Portfolio Specialist

Employment type:  Full time


A little flex time

Apply now

Job Description

Centrica are going through a 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 – If successful in this role of Category Portfolio Specialist, your primary objective is to create and implement a Category strategy through collaboration with stakeholders and Category leaders to carry out procurement initiatives that result in the most favourable commercial results for Centrica.

The day to day

  • Engage with business stakeholders to formulate a procurement activity schedule, considering new business needs, corporate strategy, emerging risks, and expiring supplier contracts.
  • Utilize a comprehensive understanding of market dynamics (employing tools such as Porters Five Forces and Kraljic) and cost determinants specific to the goods, services, or technology under consideration to devise the category strategy.
  • Develop go-to-market strategies in conjunction with business stakeholders.
  • Assume a leadership role in procurement tenders aligned with the category strategy.
  • Take the lead in commercial negotiations.
  • Spearhead the drafting and negotiation of contracts, collaborating with Commercial Legal and specialist legal teams.
  • Establish Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) activities in accordance with Centrica's SRM framework.
  • Oversee the contract governance process in collaboration with business stakeholders (Group Contracts Committee).
  • Manage risks in partnership with specialized risk teams.
  • Effectively manage and optimize the supplier base within the category, encompassing procurement channels and the category playbook to facilitate tactical sourcing.
  • Foster collaboration throughout the Procurement Function to ensure an optimal experience for stakeholders.

About you

  • Proficiency in transforming stakeholder needs and market intricacies into a well-defined category strategy.
  • Strategic mindset and the capability to elucidate how the category strategy aligns with business requirements.
  • Extensive expertise in navigating complex market dynamics.
  • Skilled in commercial operations and adept at negotiation.
  • Proficient in supplier management, ensuring the continuity of value through negotiation and sourcing.
  • Proficiency in stakeholder management and negotiation.
  • Capable of exerting influence without formal authority.
  • Proficient in managing superiors and upper management.

What is 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!

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

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