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Head of Category Management - FM, Rent, Plant & office Expenses, Legal, Finance, Marketing & Editorial services

Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45546
Date Posted: Jul 28, 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 looking for opportunities to utilise your category management experience in a truly unique role, providing leadership at a global level and working alongside passionate colleagues around the world? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!

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

Role location: Flexible - Italy, UK or Japan

In this exciting new role you will be part of the Group Category Procurement (GCP) team responsible for the provision of strategic and operational Procurement for assigned materials and services related to FM, Rent, Plant & office Expenses, Legal, Finance, Marketing & Editorial services.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Develop and maintain excellent professional relationships and networks with business partners and suppliers to deliver financial benefit through strong presentation and facilitation skills

Partner with key stakeholders in the Lines of Business and Functions globally to understand business strategy and future requirements, specifications and demand for materials and services in assigned Group categories

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

Develop and execute category management strategies in alignment with Hitachi Rail global strategy and guidelines for long term breakthrough value achieving competitive advantage through cost reduction, quality, compliance, sustainability, risk mitigation and innovation from existing and new suppliers

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

Ensure financial targets for all spend categories are achieved within the portfolio

Apply advanced procurement methods (such as gain sharing, clean sheeting, reduced cost to serve etc.) 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 Hitachi Rail supplier selection and on-boarding processes are 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

Manage the performance of direct reports (if applicable) conducting regular 1:1 meetings, coaching and mentoring personal development, and provide constructive feedback through appraisals.

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).

Experience of negotiating directly with suppliers for all contract provisions.

Experience of establishing and maintaining successful relationships with business stakeholders and suppliers

Excellent communicator, committed to ensuring the procurement delivers outstanding customer service and creates value through cost and/or service improvement

Experience of leading and developing cross-functional project teams. 

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.

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

Experience and understanding of Sourcing and Contract Lifecycle Management tools (preferably Bravo Solutions)


Educated to degree level or equivalent experience

Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), or Institute of Supply Management (CPSM, or CPM) or another appropriate professional institute 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, 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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