Global Category Manager - Solihull

Global Category Manager jobs

Category management in the procurement field is overseeing the acquisition of certain classes of goods or materials, often those that are somehow interconnected or interdependent. In larger companies and/or those where sourcing is international, an additional layer of management, the global category procurement manager, might be inserted.

Depending on how advanced the existing procurement is, the global category manager might be required to develop an entire global category procurement strategy or manage the one that is already in operation within a set of guidelines. Either way, the aim will be to reduce costs to the company, which will be achieved by negotiating deals and rates with supplier, forming partnerships and constantly analysing the market in which he or she is working.

A general aim will be to reduce or limit costs wherever possible, both within the employing company through systems, staffing and prudent economising and through the act of procurement itself. The global category manager will have to implement a worldwide plan of action throughout the company. This can mean seeking to impose consistency internationally to meet the results of forecasting, planning and analysis. But it can also involve the exact opposite: tailoring different procurement strategies to the different market environments to take advantage of local efficiencies.

The skills required

Management level experience would be a prerequisite a job of this level, and many employers will demand a bachelor’s degree, MBA or other recognised business qualification. A proven ability to communicate ideas and complicated instructions to the team will be required, and only people with an analytical mindset will we able to cope with such work.

Owing to the international nature of the job, language fluency would be extremely useful, as would a willingness to work abroad, often for long periods. A thorough understanding of the market in which the company seeks to procure materials and goods will probably be requested too, although this could be counterbalanced by excellence in procurement in another field.

An ability to fully understand the implications of contracts, and possibly the ability to draw them up from scratch, will also be an essential personal ability.

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Global Category Manager Jobs in Solihull

Solihull is a town 6 miles (10 km) south east of Birmingham, but it is within the West Midlands conurbation. Coventry is 10 miles (17 km) to the east. The town retains much of its Victorian architecture due to being left largely untouched during World War II, unlike its two neighbouring cities. While the town has a population of around 100,000, Solihull’s metropolitan borough includes over 200,000 people.

The borough is home to three major sites of national repute. First, there’s Birmingham Airport, which is to the north eat of the town centre. The airport handles flights to much of Europe as well as North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Second is the National Exhibition Centre, where conferences, pop concerts and even exhibitions take place. And third is the Land Rover factory, which shares its production of the iconic range of vehicles with Halewood near Liverpool.

With first-rate communications from road (the M42 passes nearby), rail and air, close links to Birmingham city centre and an active population, Solihull is a natural place to look for a Global Category Manager job. There’s plenty of industry in the area, as there always seems to be wherever a major car-making plant is located. The town is also a busy shopping area, with many high street names having a presence there.

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