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Senior Category Manager

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Date: 31-Aug-2021

Location: Hemel Hempstead - Breakspear P, Hemel Hempstead - Breakspear Park, GB

Company: Britvic

At Britvic we are on a journey to become the world’s most dynamic soft drinks company. We currently operate in and export to more than 50 countries and we are the number one provider of branded still soft drinks in Great Britain.


With brands including Robinsons, J20, Fruit Shoot and Tango, we are a purpose-driven organization with a clear vision and a clear set of values. Our purpose, vision and values sit at the heart of our company, driving us forward together to create a better tomorrow.


About the Role:


The Britvic Procurement team are responsible for sourcing all goods and services the business needs to operate. This includes our direct product requirements for packaging and ingredients as well as supporting wider business needs for indirect purchasing. Our Procurement vision: ‘Together we’ve unlocked our full potential and been recognised for excellence in Procurement’.  Our Mission : ‘We use our expertise to deliver supply solutions that advance Britvic’s sustainability, competitiveness and growth’.


As Senior Category Manager for IT Services, you will effectively create and execute short, medium and long term group procurement strategies to maximise Britvic’s purchasing power through the effective prioritisation of categories within the portfolio.


With responsibility for the IT category, you will work with a wide range of stakeholders across Britvic’s worldwide operations, leading the implementation of group wide procurement strategy for this category of spend.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Build effective supplier relationships across the most strategic/critical suppliers within the IT Services categories to mitigate risk and drive value for Britvic
  • Optimise savings and value delivery through sustaining high levels of innovation/NPD, driving continuing cost & value efficiencies, reducing risk through implementation of contractual rigour, improving sustainability and facilitating the drive to improve the quality and reliability of the supply chain
  • Provide on-going reports to Finance and key budget holders across the group, with strong recommendations of opportunities for budget setting
  • Conduct category planning approaches via our Cirtuo tool to aid budgeting and forecasting process and monitor the implementation of the forecast on an on-going basis
  • Execute Category Management and delivery of financial benefit through strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Provide guidance and support to direct reports, the Centre Of Excellence buying helpdesk team and departmental colleagues and assist in the development and recruitment of current and future employees within the Group Procurement function
  • Ensure that Britvic’s suppliers are compliant with the company’s ethical trading policy and that they demonstrate a commitment to meeting our expectations of corporate responsibility



Knowledge, Skills & Experience:


  • IT procurement experience is essential
  • Knowledge of category management and supplier relationship management tools and techniques is essential
  • Experience of leading and developing own or core project teams is essential
  • Change management experience is essential
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills are essential
  • Strong analytical skills are essential
  • International experience and languages are desirable


At Britvic we operate a dynamic working policy.


We believe we are stronger together and that’s why we’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees. We know that by building a truly inclusive environment where everyone feels celebrated, safe and respected - diversity and wellbeing will naturally thrive.

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