Category Specialist

Spirit Energy
Hoofddorp, Haarlemmermeer (NL)
Competitive plus benefits
23 Mar 2018
16 Apr 2018


The Category Specialist is a key role within the procurement team ensuring that value is delivered to our business. The role works closely with internal stakeholders and external third parties and continuously seeks to improve value delivery through a framework of category management. The role ensures procurement is perceived as a positive, significant, value adding integral partner to the Spirit Energy’s business.

This role is based in Hoofdorp.

The Role

You will be responsible for end-to-end category management carrying out category assessments to generate innovative opportunities and robust strategic sourcing plans to ensure value is maximised from the contract negotiation through the whole life cycle of the category.

Demonstrating your external market expertise you provide leadership and insight for the business on all aspects of market dynamics, regulatory framework, suppliers and technical innovations, reporting changes and updates through proactive governance.

At the core of this role is to source and procure a range of goods and services across one or more categories ensuring optimum value for money within defined service and quality criteria, identifying opportunities for, leading and evaluating competitive tenders and proposals for the supply of goods and services. You will negotiate with suppliers on all commercial and contractual matters, applying judgement as to what constitutes an acceptable level of contractual risk and supply resilience and provide support to the Category Manager in complex negotiations through data, market or other analysis.

Ensuring that operational and commercial risks to the business are fully understood and minimised when drafting and negotiating contracts is key as you look for on-going improvements & delivery on cost saving targets. As you forecast future expenditure patterns within key business segments you will develop appropriate strategies to ensure budgeted value improvements are proactively identified and implemented challenging business plans where alternate opportunities exist to deliver higher value outcomes, ensuring all options have been evaluated.

With the category manager you will develop, build and maintain supplier engagement through appraisal and performance monitoring, value analysis, continuous improvement, supplier / supply base development, compliance and demand management, co-ordinating multiple stakeholder interfaces/touch points across the business to ensure a consistent approach

The Person

You will need to identify any operational and regulatory risks, escalating as appropriate operating information systems to the required standard to maintain accurate and secure records.

You will be degree educated and be a member Membership of CIPS (or equivalent).

This role requires the ability to influence stakeholders and manage conflicting views, effective networking and business partnering skills, experience of working in a global matrix organisation and evidence of managing a category through the whole life cycle, ensuring the value created in the negotiation stage hits the bottom line.

The Company

Competitive salary and benefits.

Spirit Energy is one of Europe’s top independent oil & gas exploration and production companies. It was formed by a joint venture in 2017 between Centrica’s Exploration & Production business and Bayerngas Norge. The independent company was formed to combine a complementary mix of producing and development assets, and creates a robust, self-financing business to allow both organic and inorganic growth.

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Agencies: Centrica operate a preferred supplier arrangement, however if you wish to be considered at the next review session please submit a brief overview of your capability to