Global Category Manager - Southend-on-Sea
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 Southend-on-Sea
Few towns have names that describe them as perfectly as Southend-on-Sea. The south-facing seaside town is located just over 30 miles (50 km) from the centre of London, where the Thames Estuary meets the North Sea. As towns go, it has relatively large population, well over 100,000, and as well as being a seaside resort, it is home to one of the six airports serving London, the other five being Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City. As well as the airport, the town is also served by two railway lines and excellent road infrastructure, and the town thrives throughout the year with shopping, entertainment and sport going on.
Southend is traditionally a destination for people from South England, but especially London, to go for a holiday, short break or day out by the sea, and at the height of summer the streets, esplanade and beach are full of fun-seekers.
Because of the large static population and the diversity of the economy, Global Category Manager jobs quite often come up in Southend-on-Sea. The town has a large town centre and there are trading estates dotted around, with many of the big-name retail brands having a presence here.
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