Category Analyst

15 Sep 2020
06 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Category Analyst


Contract until July 2021

In support of Sub-Category Leads, the Category Analyst is responsible to gather and analyse data in support of definition and implementation of the optimal strategies for clearly defined spend categories.

Objectives for this role will include:

Collating Project and Business Unit requirements, including those driven by the future bid pipeline

Analysing category expenditure and supply markets to provide unique insight to the Category Manager and team

Providing data that enables the rigorous management of contract and supplier performance


Category Management

Builds an in-depth knowledge of the supply markets for the particular category, including input costs & cost drivers, total cost of ownership (TCO), supply-side & demand-side market trends, regulation, barriers to entry and overall market competitiveness

Uses this data analysis to input into the category strategy in order to take maximum advantage from supply chain decisions and mitigate any future supply chain risks

Sourcing o Gathers detailed BU usage and specification data required to produce effective ITT and RFx documentation that can be released to the market, and in support of fact-based negotiations

Produces the cost and evaluation models that enable the Category Manager/Specialist to assess the relative merits of the suppliers' offers

Supply Management o Builds a deep understanding of the supply base, including their future strategy, growth plans, financial performance and competitive threats

Owns and maintains supplier segmentation data and collating the contract performance data and other inputs required to ensure successful strategic supplier engagements

Maintains the suite of KPIs and reports required to effectively manage the performance of the pan-divisional contracts

Key Success Criteria

Provision of accurate and right first time information

Providing information proactively to support and provoke the Category Management teams

Converting data into unique insight through robust analytical tools Qualifications & Requirements

Education & Professional Qualifications

The Category Analyst will be qualified to degree level or equivalent Experience & Background

2+ years post-graduation experience

Proven experience of working with large data sets, building complex analytical models and extracting insightful data

The Category Analyst will have basic knowledge of core procurement processes

The Category Analyst will have experience of analysing public financial, supply market and supplier data

Interested in pursuing a career in strategic procurement

Business Skills & Knowledge

Strong analytical skills

Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

High levels of business acumen and a keen awareness of current business trends and issues

Ability to simplify complex concepts and information for presentation to stakeholders at all levels

Highly self-motivated and delivery focussed

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