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Category Manager - RS Indirects

Location: Newton Aycliffe, Durham County, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0000940
Date Posted: Feb 26, 2021
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Other
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 responsible for the management of the procurement of various UK indirect commodities including Facilities Management and site services. Conducting strategic indirect sourcing activities to support Hitachi Rail UK Rolling Stock operations.

This role is an 18 month fixed term contract based at our Newton Aycliffe Manufacturing facility.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Strategy and Planning:

  • Develop and agree the Category Plan for a portfolio of commodities
  • Setting project procurement plans in line with the agreed category strategy / plan and executing projects accordingly
  • Support procurement lead in aligning manufacturing requirements and supporting cross functional working across multiple locations and lines of business


  • Identification, approval and set-up of potential suitable suppliers for the commodity portfolio
  • Setting sourcing strategy for new contract opportunities
  • Run sourcing events based on agreed sourcing strategy
  • Manage source to contract activities in line with Hitachi staged approval process
  • Evaluate supplier proposals and provide recommendations to the business for supplier appointment
  • Contract drafting, negotiation, approval and award

Contract Management

  • Escalation point for contract claim negotiation
  • Support business stakeholders in all exceptional cases of supplier non-performance

Supply Base Management

  • Conduct supplier performance reviews
  • Conduct supplier risk management activity (financial, capacity reviews etc.)
  • Identification and management of value chain improvement initiatives

Process Improvement

  • Supports assigned procurement process improvement activities relating to P2P, S2C, SRM
  • Actively supports cross-functional teams to deliver improved communication, better ways of working, tools, processes and procedures required to improve manufacturing procurement activities


  • Be a leading example of the HRE mission, vision and values
  • Contribute to the development of the procurement function
  • Flexibility with regards to UK & European/International travel required, particularly between UK sites (London / Newton Aycliffe)

About you

Skills & Experience

  • Commodity management experience in indirect categories, preferably managing multiple sites and stakeholders (matrix organisation is preferable)
  • Specific experience in Facilities Management, site services and/or capital equipment preferred, ideally managing multiple sites and stakeholders
  • Appreciation and preferably experience of delivering cost saving methodologies e.g. value engineering, process improvement.
  • Able to negotiate directly with suppliers for all contract provisions
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Good working knowledge of SAP
  • Proven ability to work in (and preferably develop) cross-functional teams
  • Strong understanding of Contract law and contract drafting for different types of Product / Services.
  • Sound commercial acumen
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft office packages
  • Experience and understanding of Contract Lifecycle Management tools
  • Candidates need to have flexibility in regards to international travel as this will be required occasionally dependent on projects.


  • Educated to degree level
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or appropriate professional institute or relevant experience.


  • Strong work ethic, highly motivated and able to work with minimum supervision
  • Able to represent the procurement function and interact across all levels of the business
  • Desire to understand working with different business cultures
  • Outstanding communication skills 
  • Demonstrates perseverance, patience and commitment for long term success
  • Good organisation/time management
  • Enjoys challenges and problem solving
  • Highly organised and methodical
  • A team player

Why Hitachi Rail Limited?

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!

Closing date for applications is 8th March 2021

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