• Procurement Category Manager

    Location UK-Winnersh | UK-Newcastle upon Tyne
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  • Overview

    Sage is going through a major transformation. Procurement must now operate at a global, strategic level, whilst maintaining the ability to act locally, which has led to a refocusing of the Global Procurement team.


    The Category Manager will be strategic and work with internal stakeholders and suppliers to develop sourcing strategies leading to the development and ongoing maintenance of a robust, high performing and competitive supply base for Marketing services.


    The CM’s will be expected to manage their categories and spend with local stakeholders, but also form part of international Category teams tasked with developing and implementing global strategies. 




    Procurement leadership, specifically Marketing services - Global Strategic Sourcing and strategy deployment in region.
    Negotiating commercial and contractual terms across a range of marketing sub-categories such as media, creative and production agencies and digital, and subsequently supporting the management of these suppliers
    Establishing and managing a commercially focused supply chain, where value and quality are optimised in order to maximise margins and operational excellence.
    Working with the stakeholders to deliver expert negotiations for your category. 
    Focusing upon strategic sourcing involving key Procurement activities, such as spend analysis, supply base management and segmentation, RFP/RFQ management and analysis.
    Ensuring that best practice methods and ethical standards are understood and utilised to enable the delivery of improved and more efficient services to the benefit of our internal and external stakeholders. Acting as a subject matter expert in the development and compliance of governance processes, involving relevant standards, policies and controls.
    Developing strong relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers.


    Closing Date: 2.5.18


    Person Specification:


    A dynamic leader with the ability to develop strong relationships
    Ability to motivate stakeholders whilst working in a team environment.
    A good communicator.
    Category Management experience within one or more marketing spend categories.
    Experienced in contractual, legal and financial requirements.
    Ability to work with and influence colleagues at all levels within the organisation
    Excellent planning and organisational skills
    Ability to work to tight deadlines but able to deliver results in the correct manner, through good management and planning
    Ability to identify and use appropriate communication methods and establish good working relationships
    Educated to degree level




    Company Information

    Our Story

    Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs.


    Like many of the businesses we serve, Sage began as a small business and has grown beyond what seemed imaginable. Today over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy.

    It is these entrepreneurs who are the drivers of prosperity and it’s our privilege and honour to serve them. We take real pride from how many of our customers have flourished and, that our products have grown with them as they moved from start-up to successful, international businesses.

    In a world where only the voices of the biggest are heard, we will always fight to hear the voice of the entrepreneur.


    An innovator today and tomorrow     

    Our smart people use the smartest technology to reinvent and simplify business accounting - working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. 

    We enable our customers to focus on their business and help them to leapfrog to the future.


    Inventing the future 

    We are changing the way that millions of businesses track the movement of money through their business. We are also changing the way we do business. And as a FTSE 100 business we believe in a socially-responsible world and we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. Our Sage Foundation is based on the 2+2+2 model - 2% of free cash flow, 2% of colleagues' time and up to 2 free products each year to charitable organizations. Colleagues are empowered to give to the causes that matter to them.

    Our customers make life-sacrifices. They take risks to follow their dreams and pursue their passions and, on this, global prosperity is built. They deserve a bigger voice and we will always work hard to champion this noble cause.


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