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Professional Services Category Manager

Reference
1914890
Contract Type
Permanent
Sector
Education, Media & Communications
Location
London, GBR
Expiry Date
15/12/2019
Professional Services Category Manager Description Global Procurement Professional Services Category Manager Summary Description of Role The Professional Services Category Manger reports to the Professional Services...

Job Description

Professional Services Category Manager

Description

Global Procurement

Professional Services Category Manager

Summary Description of Role

The Professional Services Category Manger reports to the Professional Services Category Lead and shall be responsible for ensuring that Pearson maximises value from the Professional Services spend across the Group whilst minimising risk. The individual will build strong, trusted relationships with internal stakeholders professionals to help the business deliver on both its’ tactical and strategic directives.

Scope

The candidate shall be responsible for the management and coordination of c. £100m per annum in third party spend across Professional Services. The Category Manager shall be responsible for sourcing, stakeholder management, category management, supplier relationship management and establishing guided buying channels enabling users to quickly and efficiently order from preferred suppliers.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Support the Professional Services Category Lead to deliver agreed targets
  • Execute category plans, preferred supplier lists, sourcing strategies, manage risk, drive innovation and manage key suppliers
  • Partner and develop effective relationships with stakeholders - translating business priorities into sourcing initiatives that deliver agreed outcomes
  • Utilise spend analytics to prioritise initiatives and proactively recommend solutions for maximising value
  • Support with the development and implementation of category strategies and sourcing processes across all business units to ensure lowest cost of ownership
  • Deliver measurable savings against agreed targets
  • Work in collaboration with the extended team to drive function wide objectives
  • In conjunction with legal, ensure sourcing contracts protect Pearsons interests and drive robust risk strategies whilst promoting sustainability and diversity
  • Conducts tactical and strategic sourcing projects (including vendor screening) via approved channels and facilitates storage of associated contracts as per agreed processes
  • Establish and utilise network to keep abreast of industry best practice and drive innovation

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.

Qualifications

Qualifications/Experience/Education

  • 6 years relevant experience
  • Able to influence externally at SVP level and internally to at least VP
  • Articulate with strong communication, and people skills
  • Experience of both virtual and physical global teams
  • Ability to lead by influence rather than authority when necessary
  • Strong problem solving and change management ability
  • Evidence of managing supplier relationships and negotiating complex third party agreements
  • Natural ability to interact positively with all internal stakeholders across cultures, countries, and professional disciplines
  • Able to maintain impartiality and drive business outcomes

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Other Locations US-NJ-Hoboken, US-NC-Durham

Work Locations: GB-London-80 Strand 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL

Job: Supply Chain

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 26, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1914890

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.