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Category Lead

Location: Newton Aycliffe, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45980
Date Posted: Oct 16, 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 work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the UK, Europe and Japan? 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

In this exciting new role you will be responsible for management of all procurement activities, including delivery of the overall strategy, relating to the Bogie and Mechanical category- one of the four key category groups in Hitachi Rail UK.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Stakeholder Management
    • Expert stakeholder manager, capable of building positive and effective partnerships at all levels internally, across the Rail Business Unit and our supply chain.
    • Excellent communicator, committed to ensuring the category team always deliver outstanding customer service.
  • Strategy and Planning:
    • Developing overall category procurement strategy for Level 1 Category group, ensuring alignment with other Hitachi Rail entities.
    • Lead the team of Commodity Managers to deliver required procurement strategies and plans for each project
    • Provide input to the Procurement for Bids & Projects team to enable accurate and timely delivery of commercial and technical data to support bid activity.  
  • Source-to-Contract:
    • Approval of suitable suppliers for the commodity portfolio, ensuring HRE on-boarding process is followed.
    • To achieve financial targets for all commodities within the portfolio.
    • Contributes to and approves sourcing strategies for all new contract opportunities.
    • Management of a team of Commodity Managers, providing commercial leadership for all new sourcing activities, promoter of innovative sourcing solutions (e.g. e-auctions)
    • Accountable for sourcing activities within the category, ensuring compliance to all HRE processes and delivery in-line with business requirements
    • Directly support the team in contract negotiations with suppliers where required
  • Contract Enablement & Management
    • Accountable for ensuring effective handover of contracts between Commodity & Contract Managers, as well as to Operational procurement teams across the business.
  • Supply Base Management
    • Responsible for delivering value across the category including contribution to overall savings targets and increased functional ROI.
    • Ensure supplier relationship management activities are followed across the category
  • Other
    • Flexibility with regards to UK & European/International travel required, particularly between UK sites (London / Newton Aycliffe / TMCs), frequency weekly.
About you
  • Category management experience in manufacturing
  • Able to negotiate directly with suppliers for all contract provisions

  • Experience in a manufacturing or service & maintenance environment

  • Good working knowledge of SAP including PO, Material Master, PIR, Contract management

  • Proven ability to work in cross-functional teams

  • Strong understanding of Contract law and contract drafting for different types of Product / Services.

  • Appreciation of cost saving methodologies e.g. value engineering, 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 Contract Lifecycle Management tools

  • Able to represent the procurement function and interact across the business, representing the Procurement Leadership Team as required

  • Desire to understand working with different business cultures

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Demonstrates perseverance, patience and commitment for long term success

  • Enjoys challenges and problem solving


  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent)

  • Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or 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 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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