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Category Manager, Corporate Services

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Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45440
Date Posted: Oct 17, 2020
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Supply & Logistics
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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Are you an experienced Procurement professional looking for opportunities to join a passionate global team at a moment of great expansion and transformation? Come and join the Hitachi family!

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

In this exciting new role you will manage a portfolio of indirect spend categories by developing short, medium, and long term procurement strategies to maximise return and value for the business.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Own the category planning cycle for a portfolio of spend categories to deliver in-year and long term commercial targets aligned to business operating plans

Execute category management strategies for long term breakthrough value achieving competitive advantage through cost reduction, quality, compliance, sustainability, risk mitigation and innovation from existing and new suppliers

Sourcing, benchmarking, and negotiation activities within the category, ensuring compliance to all business processes, continuous improvement in terms of quality, service, and total cost of ownership in-line with business requirements. 

Apply advanced procurement methods (such as gain sharing, clean sheeting, reduced cost to serve) to improve the results of strategic sourcing.

Identify strategic suppliers and partners through segmentation of spend on the basis of risk, criticality and volume of spend allocating time to areas that derive value.

Approval of suitable suppliers for the commodity portfolio, ensuring business on-boarding process is followed.

Establish roles and responsibilities for supplier governance to improve the alignment of supplier agreements with business partner objectives

Develop continuous improvement plans with strategic suppliers to accelerate the development of supplier capabilities through collaboration, increasing value and pursuing further cost reduction.

Undertake contract reviews of existing agreements and exploit opportunities to make in-contract life savings.

About you

Experienced procurement practitioner with the knowledge of strategic sourcing, category management processes and supplier management tools and techniques (although not specifically in the rail industry).

Able to negotiate directly with suppliers for all contract provisions.

Strong analytical skills and action focussed to capitalise on identified opportunities

Robust understanding of Contract law and contract drafting for different types of Product / Services, together with experience and understanding of Contract Lifecycle Management tools

Appreciation of cost saving methodologies such as should-be cost modelling, value engineering, and logistics optimisation.

Strong commercial acumen and data presentation skills with an ability to influence and persuade stakeholders

Excellent knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft office packages

Good time management skills: managing priorities and keeping to deadlines.


Educated to degree level or equivalent experience

Member of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Preferred) or relevant experience

Why Hitachi Rail?

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

We offer a competitive salary and annual leave entitlement as well as a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme with contributions up to 9%, health insurance, and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

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