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Manchester Contract Posted: Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Overall purpose of role

Category Management is part of the Procurement team within Barclays and is responsible for setting the strategies for managing and negotiating all external spend in order to optimise supplier spend, balancing costs against service levels and risks for Barclays.

The Category Manager for IT Infrastructure reports into the Category Lead and is responsible for developing and driving category strategies across a cluster of critical spend sub-categories categories comprising Barclays' IT functional and BU spend (for data centre technology, hardware, networking and distributed technology, data equipment, telecoms, and associated infrastructure services). The Category Manager will align the category plan to business objectives, and translate those plans into Sourcing activities for the Sourcing team. The Category Manager closely monitors the sourcing projects to ensure delivery remains aligned to desired business outcomes. The scale of influence is approximately £1 billion worth of spend.

There is a genuine global dimension to the remit as well as substantial autonomy and responsibility. The jobholder will be interacting at the most senior level both internally and externally and must possess relevant interpersonal skills and gravitas.

Barclays is a very fast paced, dynamic and highly motivated organisation; for this reason the customer base is very demanding so the role must be held by someone who is able to deal with pressure and works at a pace.

Key Accountabilities

  1. Market Expert: Actively seek out innovation and inspire thought leadership. Meet industry peers and seek out opportunities for knowledge transfer in the sourcing community. Lead development in the retail market place and bring opportunities to the business. Stay current with industry by attending key conferences, trade shows, supplier briefings, and conducting research from trusted and relevant sources.
  1. Analyse Spend Data: perform in-depth spend analysis within a category (eg spend structure by supplier, business unit, function, geography and to identify key drivers for spend and demand and understand the underlying cost drivers and cost levers). Extract insights to determine spend trends and potential areas of focus.
  1. Analyse procurement practices and supplier risk: map and analyse the current commodity practices (eg supplier concept and buying channels). Assess potential future trends impacting the current practice. Determine a thorough overview of the current category landscape including the Procure to Pay channels, approved suppliers and supplier management insights. Evaluate the commodity risk profile (eg price volatility, regulatory etc) including commodity practices, expected future changes, supplier performance reports and overall risk assessment.
  1. Benchmarks: Conduct market research on current best practices, and best in class rates, determining external future category trends. The category manager uses the benchmark information to inform the category strategy and includes in a roll up into the Strategic Plan for the category.
  1. Develop sourcing plan: The CM creates the short and long term plans. The plan contains all information to inform the opportunity pipeline for deal execution. Working collaboratively with business, SRM Manager and other teams in the development of sourcing solutions. Reviewing of different commercial models/options, ensuring fit with service, relevant supplier strategies. Evaluate and define appropriate commercial model (eg alliance, Joint Venture or outsourcing) in support of appropriate business objectives by taking accountability for overall outcomes. Use market analysis and benchmarking to identify pricing drivers and deal levers. Consider contract terms, volume demand, and spend trends. Ensure global and BU alignment to category plan.
  1. Savings generation: Responsible for the identification and scoping of projects which will generate 8-10% savings or more on the addressable spend per year. Opportunities are specified in the category plan and agreed with relevant stakeholders. CM will track achievement throughout the year and address any shortfalls or gaps proactively to ensure targets are met.
  1. Prioritize Projects: Project prioritisation is done in conjunction with the strategic sourcing head and BU sourcing leads. Make team members aware of all changes to policies, processes and procedures that are being planned for the area and ensure that they are able to incorporate the changes on the effective date. Proactively position opportunities with the business, and align sourcing project delivery to client timelines
  1. Supply market analysis: Aimed to understand the supply market in terms of size, growth, players as well as trends, and potential buying power leverage opportunities. Create an initial supplier long list based on current suppliers and potential suppliers logged in the supplier database. Develops, based on this information and data gathered, the market analysis approach based on validated and innovative analysis frameworks. Goal is to assess the supply market by analysing internal competition, supplier bargaining power, buyer bargaining power, pressure from substitutes, market share distribution, supplier rankings, and entry barriers. Maintain oversight and management of the vendor list. Visit suppliers to assess operational capability and evaluate risks and roadmap.
  1. Supply chain transformation: Ensure supplier development and diversity initiatives are prioritised within the category plan to enable diversity spend targets..
  • Data-driven analysis and financially-modelled support for approaches
  • Incorporation of Risk Management framework and ability to clearly communicate trade-offs
  • Simultaneous orientation to quick wins and longer term business transformation opportunities

Risk and Control Objective [This section is mandatory for all role profiles and must not be deleted]

Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with regulatory requirements, Enterprise Wide Risk Management Framework and internal Barclays Policies and Policy Standards.

Person Specification

  • Extensive experience in procurement with a reputable firm, preferably in financial services industry
  • Experience dealing with senior stakeholders, including executives up to Board Level
  • Business degree or similar discipline, or equivalent commercial work experience
  • Knowledge and experience of specific market and key vendors on a global basis

Essential Skills/Basic Qualifications:

  • Project Management and execution, including collaborative stakeholder management
  • Managing resources in a Matrix environment
  • Good communication skills, consultative business partnering approach
  • Taking initiative, creative problem solving to identify the "art of the possible"

Desirable skills/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Practical training in a reputable blue chip or consulting approach to procurement/category management and process design
  • Masters degree, CIPS, CPM, or other advanced qualification

Manchester, UK
IT, Finance
6 months
Resource Solutions - Barclays
13/02/2018 20:19:24

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