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Global Category Manager - Procurement Operations

Job Introduction

Lead, develop and execute the procurement plan for the allocated category across the business procurement, optimising external spend, developing a competitive supply base capable of meeting the current and future needs of the company for assurance of supply, quality, service, innovation, sustainability and cost.

Main Responsibility

  • Develop and lead the overall global category plan to support procurement and business objectives, ensuring successful implementation by translating them into achievable and actionable plans.  Champion procurement objectives and best practice in all internal interactions.
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to build the Supply base and ensure the ongoing, effective procurement of goods and services in line with operational demand
  • Source, select and manage an efficient supply base through regular business reviews ensuring that suppliers have the capability and capacity to meet current and future business needs.
  • Lead negotiations of complex or high-risk contracts, ensuring business requirements are met and appropriate risk management strategies put in place.
  •  Accountable for internal KPIs related to category and support direct the category team in delivering results.
  • Pro-actively support supplier custodians and contract owners in the resolution of escalated supplier issues and oversee and ensure implementation of all agreed countermeasures.
  • Continually monitor and review the category plans to ensure that they continue to take account of shifts in market dynamics and reflect current best practice.
  • Lead and implement effective supplier relationship management through the setting and monitoring of relevant performance KPI’s, Service Level Agreements and the implementation of an effective supplier review process that enables WG&S to become a first-choice customer.
  • Lead and support team in embedding any changes to performance management into Supplier contracts. Accountable for Supplier Performance data completeness and reporting.
  • Optimise external category related spend, delivering budgeted targets (including savings, cash flow, cost management) to deliver the businesses’ plans.
  • Review, manage and report on relevant category performance metrics (Spend, Purchase Price Variance, Mark to Market, etc.) taking appropriate actions when necessary

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is a strategic leader in global procurement and category management. You excel in creating and implementing category plans that align with business goals, championing best practices. You build strong relationships with stakeholders to ensure effective procurement and handle complex contracts with expert negotiation skills. Proactive in resolving supplier issues, you ensure strategies meet business needs. You and your team consistently deliver outstanding results.

What we can offer you

  • We offer a competitive salary and benefits which are designed to promote our employees financial wellbeing. Employees are also eligible to participate in a bonus plan.
  • Our employees enjoy a generous holiday entitlement and an opportunity to ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ some holiday entitlement.
  • Private Healthcare and Doctor@Hand (remote GP service).
  • Our employees can join a defined contribution pension plan. Employees contribute either 4% or 5% of salary, the company contributes 8% or 10% depending on the employee contribution. Employee contributions can be made through salary sacrifice.
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers practical, impartial support on everyday matters ranging from medical, financial and legal to home and family issues. 
  • Our Life Assurance cover is a multiple of eight times your annual basic salary.
  • Product allocation so that you can enjoy our fantastic portfolio of brands.
  • Our Cycle to Work scheme allows you to hire a bike for an agreed length of time, and then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. All while making savings (at least 25%) and spreading the cost.
  • Every employee has the opportunity to claim up to £1,000 per year for a charity or charities for which they have raised money, volunteered their time or personally donated.
  • Learning resources to help you be your best self.

About William Grant & Sons


William Grant & Sons: a home where Rare Characters thrive.

We value every employee for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Every one of our colleagues has a role to play in helping us to achieve our growth ambitions.

At William Grant & Sons, our vision is to be A home where rare characters thrive. We value all colleagues for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We strive to create an environment where we can all be our best and bring our whole selves to work.


Our agile working philosophy is to “Have your best work day everyday”.
Built on trust, we empower our rare characters to have their best work day every day. Where flexibility and positive working experiences help employees to feel connected and release potential across our teams.
We are open to discussing possible agile/flexible working options as part of the recruitment process.


Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We want to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive.

William Grant & Sons


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