Category Lead - FM Operations and Range Services

  • Job Reference: 00003420-1
  • Date Posted: 25 March 2020
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Salary: On Application

Job Description

Negotiates favourable terms, volume discounts and long-term contracts with suppliers for the procurement of technical equipment, custom engineered products, systems, software or components. Acquires and maintains understanding of technology trends, market forces, cost trends and supplier technology road maps. Reviews purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to organisation policy and discusses defects and delivery problems with suppliers and negotiates refunds.

The role is accountable for providing a best in class procurement service to all QinetiQ employees for the delivery of procurement projects across the full range of spend.

The Category Lead will be responsible for driving the cost effective and timely delivery of procurement sourcing projects. The Category Lead has both internal and external recognition as an expert and is responsible for driving the sourcing process, supplier risk management, and collaboration with business leadership to develop the procurement strategy for the full range of procurement projects.

The Category Lead is responsible for managing and developing a group of best in class procurement practitioners, providing subject matter expertise to the Business. The team will be capable of ensuring best practice sourcing processes, decision-making, contract drafting and supplier management are firmly embedded in the team. Sourcing exercises will be initiated both by internal stakeholders to work on cost centre funded projects, or subcontracts in support of customer funded work. There will be equal focus on driving out unnecessary expenditure in order to reduce corporate overhead and the timely delivery of contractual solutions within the Project timescales.

The Category Lead will need to be able to develop new supplier relationships in order to meek QinetiQ’s future aspirations. This will require knowledge of specific defence, engineering and/or cyber domains and associated supply chains.

The role will form part of the Procurement Leadership, contributing to the structure and ethics of the department, correct deployment of resources to meet all customer requirements, and ensuring a consistently high standard of performance is expected and achieved from all procurement staff.

Knowledge/Skills:
In depth knowledge & experience of FM Operations & Range Services Categories

Recognised as an expert within the organisation; within and beyond the primary function.

Leads teams to achieve objectives and delivery milestones.

Able to work autonomously in a complex environment.

Ability to foresee and solve challenges that may have a broad impact on the wider business.

Adaptive and change focused; able to adapt pace of delivery to meet business requirements.

Position Requirements:
Develop strong relationships with leaders and key decision-makers in order to influence behaviours and ensure appropriate involvement of Procurement in all sourcing activities.

Maintain awareness of the restrictions, controls and accreditations that are placed upon suppliers working in a Defence environment, ensuring at all times that both sourcing strategies and the incumbent supplier base do not jeopardise or threaten internal compliance.

Collaborate with the Supply Chain Team to identify opportunities to utilise extant supplier relationships and frameworks that leverage Group scale. Conversely, the Category Lead will be responsible for identifying repeat requirements from the projects pipeline and placing demands on the Category Procurement Team to deliver suitable, long term contracting mechanisms.

Ensure compliance with process, governance and controls as agreed in the Procurement Code of Practice and Sourcing methodology.

Collaboratively develop plans with key stakeholders to ensure alignment of targets, improve supplier performance, and implement continuous improvement plans across spend.

Collaborate with adjacent Leads to develop and enhance systems, process, and best practice sharing to help QinetiQ achieve best in class performance, and bring consistency to sourcing activities.

Develop robust workload planning tools and trackers that shape the team’s priorities and track actual against planned progress. This should be driven from the business pipeline of projects.

Develop direct reports through the provision of direct and actionable feedback, and creation of meaningful development plans.