Category Manager (IT)


Job Number: 9543

Location: Dixons Carphone, Acton Support Centre (123)

Contract: Full Time / Permanent



xxWest Londonxx

Responsible for the end to end management of the IT & Telco category, drawing on expertise in procurement to provide the business with a robust supply chain. Meets stakeholder requirements and delivers the best overall commercial arrangements for Dixons Carphone whilst ensuring the lowest total cost of ownership, and mitigating third party risk.

You will:
•Develop and execute category strategies in IT & Telco in accordance with the Procurement strategy, and category profiling, and communicate these within Procurement, and with Finance, Legal & the Business.
•Develop category profiles in the IT & Telco area based on spend data, supplier segmentation, business stakeholder requirements and market assessments.
•Liaise with business partners to understand and plan for their sourcing requirements and execute sourcing processes, where all purchasing decisions offer the best value for money for Dixons Carphone and, where possible, the total cost of ownership of the goods or services is reduced through the effective use of sourcing levers.
•Implement, execute and manage award of supplier contracts in line with Delegation of Authority.
•Maximise compliance to the preferred supplier list (PSL) and minimise off-contract spend within the category.
•Advise and support the business with supplier relationship & performance management; responsible for the calculation and delivery of identified sourcing benefits in line with the expectations of the business.
•Develop category savings/benefit plans and manage the ongoing tracking and reporting of benefits against plan through to realisation.
•Accountable for managing spend within IT & Telco Category, circa £180m (including Outsourced Services) across a breadth of suppliers, in line with Procurement & category strategies.
•Delivery of personal and team agreed KPIs including delivery of visible & realisable benefit (circa £2m savings per annum) to the business.

You will need:

•Extensive experience of developing and implementing category strategies within IT & Telco Category Spend.
•Demonstrable detailed understanding of key suppliers and supply market dynamics of IT & Telco Category.
•Experience of managing supplier relationships to ensure delivery to the agreed quality, cost and time.
•Demonstrable and proven track record of delivering cost savings, cost efficiencies, total cost of ownership improvement and continuous improvement.
•Experience of Contract drafting including development of schedules, commercials, and appropriate terms and conditions.
•Experience in working in conjunction with cross functional teams.
•Knowledge of best practice sourcing processes, practices and tools.
•Project and Programme Management experience on high value/risk/complexity projects (£5-15m)

Dixons Carphone is Europe’s number one electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, with more than 40,000 colleagues across nine countries, including the UK and Ireland. Every day, we use our people’s expertise to reach out and help new customers. What’s more - we’re exploring extraordinary new markets, from wellness to security, so that in an ever more connected and constantly changing world, we can offer our customers the most comprehensive service.

It’s an exciting time to join us and find yourself a place in our growing success story, apply now.