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IT Category Manager

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Portsmouth


Job Title:                     IT Category Manager

Location:                     Location:                      Flexible Worker – will need to be on average 2-3 days in Portsmouth office. Portsmouth Lakeside, Hampshire, PO6 3EN.

Compensation:            Competitive Salary + Bonus + Benefits

Role Type:                   Full time / Permanent
Role ID                        SF44119


This is your opportunity to join Babcock as an IT Category Manager. Working within a team of 3, you will be accountable for looking after a £80 million IT Spend across hardware and software.

To create and support the development of Purchasing/Category/Supplier strategies within IT that will provide a structured approach to managing spend that will identify savings opportunities whilst supporting the current and future needs of the business.

This will involve working closely with the key stakeholders within the IT department to determine business requirements, determining appropriate commercial strategies that will deliver cost efficiencies and then identifying and developing suppliers to support the business and its customers. Take responsibility for locking in savings and benefits through ongoing contract and supplier management activities.



Who we are looking for?


We are looking for a positive and confident individual who has the ability to demonstrate the value that professional procurement can deliver to the organisation. You will need to be a self-starter, demonstrating initiative with a customer focused attitude. You will need to have excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.



What will you be doing?

As an IT Category Manager, you will be responsible for:


  • Creation of new /refinement of existing sourcing strategies and recommend suggestions for improvement.
  • Develop and maintain an ongoing pipeline of savings opportunities.
  • Manage all aspects of the subcategory including both sourcing and supplier management activities.
  • Execute sourcing strategies by working with key stakeholders to develop supplier evaluation and selection criteria, as appropriate for each spend category as part of agreed procurement strategy. 
  • Formulate category-specific procurement policies and lead implementation. 
  • Develop new product/service specifications in cooperation with client.


The experience you’ll bring


  • You will need to have proven Procurement experience
  • Significant experience within a Category/Strategic role
  • CIPS qualified (or working towards)
  • Ideally IT Category experience (if not IT, then something that is technical/objective)
  • Corporate Industry experience
  • You will need to satisfy security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.


What a role with Babcock offers?

  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Pension Plan
  • Access to make a difference for a sustainable environment for future
  • A tailored personal development and training programme.
  • Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to deliver and be your best.


About Babcock
Babcock Corporate Services (BCS) is a global function, with our largest site being Lakeside in Portsmouth, but we operate from multiple sites around the world.  BCS supplies and operates all IT, security, procurement, and finance Shared Services.  We are embedded alongside the operations that we serve, enabling us to maintain close working relationships that support delivery to our customers. We drive standardisation, simplification and automation across Babcock, to help generate sustainable value for the group and our external customers.

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Application Guidance:

All applications should be made online.


We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.


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