Job description Posted 06 March 2024

Senior Global Category Manager – Tech/ ERP

6 Months – Extension Available


Brentford (Remote Working Available)

Role Brief:

Senior Global Category Manager for Tech Procurement is accountable for all sourcing and contract management across their assigned category(ies). This will include the implementation of category strategies; the contracting for master/service/product agreements within the categories; the management of supplier relationships that fall outside of the enterprise SRM structure for these categories; and for ensuring the suppliers key to their category(ies) commit to deliver GSK’s performance/quality/financial requirements.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy Implementation

• Negotiates contracts with suppliers that secure favourable terms for procurement contracts in line with the agreed business requirements.

• Contract planning, negotiation, execution, interpretation and maintenance; manages / monitors ongoing negotiations with 3rd parties.

• Lead and implement key projects to support savings delivery or risk mitigation.

Business partnering & stakeholder management in GSK

• Global leadership and global influence including business partnering of senior stakeholders.

• Build strategic relationships with GSK stakeholders, to understand business requirements, identify opportunities to create value and to position Procurement’s value proposition. Align sourcing strategies accordingly.

• Lead stakeholder alignment and Plan delivery (Commercial leadership and Finance across the business)

• Working across multiple countries requiring high cultural awareness

External supplier relationships

• Lead SRM for key strategic vendors in spend categories

• Manage the suppliers for the categories within scope through a robust performance management process. Ensure supplier performance is understood and measured.

• Requires significant external supplier knowledge

Business Strategy

• Champions the sourcing group management process and policies across functions and links these to GSK's strategic direction

• Knows and utilises complex business processes in all GSK supplier transactions, including all risk/regulatory/compliance requirements

Required Skills:

• Strong Procurement experience particularly with respect to developing & implementing strategies, stakeholder management and supplier relationship management and some experience of regulated environments

• Demonstrated experience in influencing strategy and managing across multiple markets

• Leadership/communication skills

• Good understanding of Procurement tools / skillset such as sourcing, quotation analysis, contract negotiation, supplier review, supplier development and others

• Good ability to motivate and inspire colleagues, and work in partnership with others to drive, implement and support change

• Good ability to manage sensitive partnerships, strong influencing and stakeholder partnering skills coupled with excellent negotiation and communication skills

• English proficiency (written and oral), other language will be a plus

• Good knowledge of finance (cost benchmark & financial audit with key supplier) and legal matters (contracting)

• Demonstrated experience in managing global projects

• Contracting experience required, including a thorough understanding of contracting fundamentals and experience with contract planning, negotiation, execution, interpretation and maintenance

This is a complex sourcing and category management role in GSK. The role holder will be required to operate independently, influencing senior management and effectively leading and developing project teams.

Any experience with sourcing ERP, Global Applications and associated services is a strong plus