2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We’re happy to talk flexible working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace. We offer a range of options depending on your role, so please discuss this with your recruiter.

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Job Description

Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs.

We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.

Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence.

Working with the business unit staff, the HR Category Manager will plan and manage the timely sourcing and procurement of goods and services as required within the EUNA Region, using the company’s tender process, aiming to achieve value for money for goods and services and, with the implementation of Service Level Agreements, a consistently acceptable delivery of service. In addition, the Category Manager will be responsible for coordinating regular supplier review meetings, with key stakeholders from across the business, to ensure suppliers work in accordance with their contracted terms and performance metrics. Categories include, but are not limited to Recruitment, HR Services, Temporary Staff, Training, etc. With responsibility for the following:


• Aptitude to learn and follow regional procurement processes alongside Category knowledge.
• Operating within agreed company procedures, manage tender processes leading to the appointment of suppliers as required by internal stakeholders.
• Negotiate terms and conditions of contract with suppliers.
• Liaise with stakeholders on a regular basis to understand their procurement requirements.
• Support stakeholders in identifying their specification of requirement for goods and services.
• Maintain a database of Approved Suppliers.
• Complete due diligence on all HR suppliers.

Contract Management of Key Suppliers:
• Manage HR related suppliers through the life of their contracts, where there Is no contract manager available within the category.
• Monitor supplier performance against agreed Performance Indicators on a regular basis.
• Liaise regularly with internal stakeholders to assess their views of supplier performance.
• Meet with vendors on a regular basis to discuss performance and encourage innovation and contract development.
• Resolve stakeholder grievances and complaints against supplier performance.
• Resolve any financial disparity between the Company and the Supplier.
• Maintain records of meetings and discussions with Suppliers and Stakeholders.

Additional Category Support:
• Support other Category Manager’s with internal enquiries.
• Maintain understanding of other key contracts and key contacts.
• Liaise regularly with EUNA Procurement team on updates and changes.

Team Development:
• Actively support the workload of the Procurement Administrator.
• Provide guidance and instruction on company procedures for tender processes.
• Guidance on stakeholder engagement.
• Support on any Invoice processing required.

Required for the HR Category Manager position:

  • Strong background with indirect services
  • Contract Management
  • Aptitude to learn procurement processes
  • Very good communication skills on a verbal and written level.
  • Able to develop and maintain relationships with new suppliers and existing supplychain
  • Excellent customer service interfacing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Understanding of modern slavery
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team whilst having the aptitude to work under own initiative.
  • Ability to organise workload and identify business priorities.
  • Proficient in the use of: Microsoft Outlook; Word and ExceL - with an emphasis on building and working with pivot tables
  • Very good planning and organisational skills.
  • An understanding of business processes and workflow charts

Preferred, but not required

  • Some experience in managing HR, contracts is preferred
  • CIPS Accredited

We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We recognise that differences in ability, skills and experience are a strength and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.


We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at reasonable.adjustments@mottmac.com and we will talk to you about how we can support you.

Agile working

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

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Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Adoption leave – 26 weeks full pay
Open to part time work for some roles
Buddy scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Dental coverage
Compassionate leave
Health assessment
Eye Care Support – Eyecare vouchers
Private GP service – Private Medical care for all UK staff
Season ticket loan
Theme park discounts
Religious celebration leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Accrued annual leave
Caregiver Leave
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks
Enhanced paternity leave – 2 weeks
Shared parental leave – We match up to 24 weeks full pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Tax-free childcare
In office yoga classes
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Pension match/increase
Life insurance
Annual bonus
Income protection
Employee discounts
Professional subscriptions – We pay for your primary professional annual subscription
Lunch and learns
Employee assistance programme
L&D budget
Teambuilding days
More information needed
More information needed
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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More information needed

Working at Mott MacDonald

Company employees

18,000 worldwide

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK Wide; London, Croydon, Birmingham, Derby, Altrincham, Manchester, Whitehaven, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Bristol, Southampton, Reading, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Norwich, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Newport, Exeter, Leicester, Leeds, Skipton, York

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom