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Contract Type
Energy & Manufacturing
Senior Cat Specialist-Logistics
Expiry Date
The Category Specialist (CS) plays a critical role in realizing Downstream Procurement’s (DP) objective to become a world-class procurement organisation with leading capability in category management

Job Description

As the Category Specialist, you will provide category strategy development and implementation support for your assigned category in the space of Road & Rail Transport, Warehousing, Freight Forwarding, and 3rd party Tank Storage products & associated services. You will collaborate with your teammates to interface align on business priorities, and ensure category strategies and implementation aligns with those needs. You will define category strategies by performing analysis and co-ordinating key inputs e.g. supply market analysis, cost modelling and bench marking. You will be responsible for cooperating with the category team in delivering value to the business by e nsuring compliance with agreed category strategies and sourcing expectations.

Stakeholder Management Support

  • Collaborate with the category team to manage the interface between category strategy development and implementation by the delivery organisation, working in partnership with Category Excellence, Global Business Services, Business Interface, and Business teams
  • Lead the development of communication content to ensure that category specific messages (such as status, plans, compliance, and market insights) are effectively disseminated across the DP organisation, including the business interface organisation
  • Supports the objective of no compromise on safe and compliant operations
  • Provide specialist Procurement and category guidance and advice to business stakeholders
  • Provide specialist Procurement and category guidance and coaching to more junior members of the DP team

Category Strategy & Implementation Support

  • Lead the development of category strategies
  • Develop a deep expertise within the category area, by accessing MI and external knowledge to ensure the category strategy is informed by an intimate knowledge of the supply market, key dynamics and latest thinking within the field
  • Manage inputs to the development of category and sourcing strategies i.e. supply market analysis, cost modelling and benchmarking
  • Working with the global category network, supports the development of new and innovative global sources of supply, and working with the business interface organisation, helps to build understanding and support for new sources of supply in the business
  • Manage category strategy implementation activities including localisation of category strategies and contract management
  • Ensure timeliness and quality of all contracts required for safe, compliant and reliable business operations i.e. implementation in the appropriate systems, category compliance, contract management and requisitioners training
  • Lead local contract management, performance reporting and the monitoring and management of escaped spend
  • Ensure compliance to BP policies such as risk management, delegation of authority and DP functional guidelines.
  • Accountable for value delivery tracking from the category strategy implementation.
  • Responsible for the Value Delivery and annual plans in the assigned category and regional scope
  • Working with the business interface organization, routinely communicates with integrity across key business stakeholders to align the strategic intent of the category strategy and the regional/local business needs.

Sourcing and Supplier Management

  • Lead local and regional contract negotiation and execution
  • Lead local and regional supplier management activities
  • Execute sourcing (high-medium complexity categories) and oversee sourcing execution by GBS (low-medium complexity categories)
  • Support business in contract holder roles, gather performance feedback (and variation requests) for input to supplier performance review


University degree in a technical or related equivalent business discipline required.

7 - 10 years relevant Logistics experience required in the following:

  • Skilled Application in category strategy development and execution
  • Skilled Application in sourcing, contracting, commercial negotiations, and contract management
  • Skilled Application in tactical procurement
  • Skilled Application in supplier management
  • Good working knowledge of P2P processes, and SAP system
  • Skilled Application in Influencing and stakeholder management skills.
  • Skilled Application in Organisational and project management skills.
  • Skilled Application in Financial and market analysis skills.


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