Category Manager - IT & Telco, London

Agency WPP
Created 11/19/2022
Reference 6430228002
Category Procurement
City London
WPP is the creative transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, planet, clients, and communities.

Working at WPP means being part of a global network of more than 100,000 accomplished people in 110 countries. We create transformative ideas and outcomes for our clients through an integrated offer of communications, experience, commerce, and technology. WPP and our award-winning agencies work with most of the world's biggest companies and organisations - from Ford, Unilever and P&G to Google, HSBC, and the UN. Our clients include 61 of the FTSE 100, 325 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 62 of the NASDAQ 100.

WPP has headquarters in New York, London and Singapore and a corporate presence in major markets worldwide. We are quoted on the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. Key performance indicators for WPP (2020) include Billings of £46.9bn and Revenue of £12bn.

At WPP we are undergoing a companywide transformation programme that will enable us to work together in a more coordinated, connected, and efficient way across the group.

As part of the transformation, we are building out a Global Procurement function to support and assist us in meeting our ambition and our vision is.

' To be the best commercial Procurement organisation to work for and work with, delivering value and managing risk for the benefit of our businesses, our planet, our clients, and our communities'

To be the creative transformation company, we need the best minds who are keen to join a company that is open, optimistic, and committed to extraordinary work.

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Why we're hiring:

The Category Manager - IT & Telco will deliver global category plans, sourcing events and commercial contract management across both these IT categories. There is an opportunity to rationalise spend and suppliers by driving a commercially led transformation agenda.

What you'll be doing:

Key responsibilities include:
  • Provide deep category knowledge and insight in allocated category area(s)
  • Deliver category plans, category sourcing events and commercial contract management for centrally managed and led categories
  • Develop and share category strategies and IP for centrally led categories
  • Develop effective relationships with key functional stakeholders
  • Support adoption of the commercial and procurement ways of working, policies, and processes within central category teams
  • Build constructive, collaborative relationships with colleagues
  • Lead major category projects
  • Identify and manage category level risks
  • Provide SME category support as required

This role will report to WPP's Head of Procurement - IT & Telco

Who you will be doing it with:

Key External Relationships:
  • Suppliers
  • Professional and Industry Groups

Key Internal Relationships:
  • Procurement Operations
  • Business stakeholders
  • Responsible Procurement
  • Procurement Regional Lead


What you'll need:
  • IT Services and Telco experience in a similar sized, global business
  • Demonstrate ownership of IT services and Telco negotiations and contracting. Can articulate key strategies for maximising the value proposition
  • Specialist category management experience
  • Senior stakeholder management experience in a complex environment
  • Ability to influence and manage stakeholder change
  • Experience in running large / complex sourcing activities
  • Evidence of responsible / sustainable procurement initiatives


What will your key metrics and targets be:
  • Annual delivery against benefits plan
  • Completeness of Category Management activities
  • Customer satisfaction NPS
  • People development
  • % Category spend influenced
  • Contribution to cost reduction targets and avoidance


Who you are:

You're open : We are inclusive and collaborative; we encourage the free exchange of ideas; we respect and celebrate diverse views. We are accepting: of new ideas, new partnerships, new ways of working.

You're optimistic : We believe in the power of creativity, technology and talent to create brighter futures or our people, our clients and our communities. We approach all that we do with conviction: to try the new and to seek the unexpected.

You're extraordinary: we are stronger together: through collaboration we achieve the amazing. We are creative leaders and pioneers of our industry; we provide extraordinary every day.

What we'll give you:

Passionate, inspired people - We promote a culture of people that do extraordinary work.

Scale and opportunity - We offer the opportunity to create, influence and complete projects at a scale that is unparalleled in the industry.

Challenging and stimulating work - Unique work and the opportunity to join a group of creative problem solvers. Are you up for the challenge?

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