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AECOM Global Category Manager in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

Job Description

We’re the leader in our industry because of our people and our suppliers. Given the importance of the procurement and supply chain capability to our success, we want to take it to the next level so we’re investing in several way: we’re growing the team, developing world class processes and finding new and better ways to use technology and data.

We’ve created a new senior role at the core of our business to work with our consultants and suppliers on the most cutting-edge and innovative projects of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We’re looking for someone who has experience of large-scale change programmes, has a strategic view of procuring services and embraces a data driven approach to procurement. The role will suit someone who is a results-orientated self-starter and enjoy working in teams comprising people from different countries and diverse backgrounds. The role reports to the Global Head of Strategic Sourcing and has line management responsibility for another member of staff.

We are the environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) leader in our industry and the Procurement and Supply Chain team are central to that achievement. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Key responsibilities of the role:

  • Lead the development of category management across multiple countries with the support of Sourcing Managers to achieve cost savings and improve quality and service levels

  • Lead major strategic sourcing projects including analysis of demand and supply, development of the business strategy, management of the tender and overseeing implementation

  • Manage Sourcing Managers working on sourcing projects and leading the commercial management of strategic contracts including the use of key performance indicators and escalation of performance issues where necessary.

  • Implement supplier relationship management with strategic suppliers to deliver greater value

  • Review end to end processes to improve management of supplier base, channel management, contract management, enable and improve purchase order compliance and adoption, workflow and approvals, payment processes and data and analytics

  • Utilise procurement technology and data to improve efficiency and achieve high levels of compliance to the procurement policy and processes, for example, through the implementation of the no PO no pay policy and the use of catalogues

  • Develop change and project management plans to support new ways of working

  • Support the development and capability of the Procurement and Supply Chain team by demonstrating high standard of delivery and sharing best practice


Specific technical knowledge/skills:

  • Strong leadership techniques and people development methods

  • Extensive experience in change and project management tools and techniques including interpersonal and influencing skills

  • Extensive experience in procuring services, ideally engineering or environmental services

  • Extensive experience of category management tools and techniques

  • Extensive experience of strategic sourcing tools and techniques

  • Extensive experience of tender and contract drafting

  • Excellent negotiation skills

  • Excellent contractual and commercial expertise

  • Good tactical cost reduction expertise

  • Good supplier performance improvement tools & techniques

  • Experience of exploiting procurement technology including procurement to pay systems, eCatalogues, eSourcing platforms and spend analytics tools

  • Savings forecasting and recording experience

  • Bid winning support activity expertise would be an advantage

  • Experience of working in joint ventures would be an advantage

  • Experience in the construction, utilities, oil and gas, transport or professional services sector would be an advantage

  • Knowledge of Coupa and PowerBI would be an advantage

  • Excellent verbal and written English

  • Highly numerate with excellent analytical skills included advanced MS Excel skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in engineering, science, or business

  • Nationally recognized professional certification (eg Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply or Certified Purchasing Manager or equivalent professional procurement and supply chain qualification)

Additional Information

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10074721

Business Line: Geography OH

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: International Support