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Category Manager – Wells & Subsurface – VR/24989

Status: Temporary
Location: Aberdeen
Ref: VR/24989
Rate: Available Upon Request

12-month contract with an E&P company in Aberdeen.


As Category Manager, you’ll play an important role in the company’s Procurement & Supply Chain Team; ensuring that value is delivered to the business through a framework of category management.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Providing end-to-end Category Management within the Wells & Subsurface categories.
  • Ensuring value is maximised from the contract negotiation through the whole life cycle of the category.
  • Developing a robust sourcing strategy for use within the Wells & Subsurface categories, which delivers breakthrough results and year-on-year continuous improvement.
  • Reviewing category set-up and seeking opportunities to improve value delivery, eliminate waste, improve sourcing leverage and reduce administrative burden.
  • Working closely as a Business Partner with key internal stakeholders to understand their needs in detail and manage all procurement activity across the category; including the creation and implementation of category plans or contract strategies that will ensure delivery in line with business objectives, regulatory requirements and the landing of all value negotiated.
  • Acting as the focal point for Procurement/Commercial queries on the Wells & Subsurface categories.
  • Providing insight on category-related market dynamics, regulatory framework, suppliers and technical innovations.
  • Planning and managing the framing session for high-level Wells projects.
  • Supporting the preparation of procurement strategy for specific projects.
  • Providing input for the preparation of the Supply Chain Action Plan (SCAP) for specific projects.
  • Provide relevant information to key external authorities.
  • Sourcing and procuring a range of goods and services across the Wells & Subsurface categories, ensuring optimum value for money within defined service and quality criteria. 
  • Leading and evaluating competitive tenders and proposals for the supply of goods and services, negotiating with suppliers on all commercial and contractual matters.
  • Delivering a “fit for purpose” sourcing and selection approach which is flexible, and delivery focussed.
  • Drafting, negotiating and obtaining agreement to contracts, ensuring that operational and commercial risks to the business are understood and minimised. 
  • Managing all cost reconciliation and contract close-out activities at the end of a project or at contract expiration for assigned contract portfolio.
  • Achieving improvement to the bottom-line and cost-saving targets by examining total acquisition costs and working closely with internal stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Forecasting future expenditure patterns within key business segments, developing appropriate strategies to ensure budgeted value improvements are proactively identified and implemented. 
  • Challenging business plans where alternate opportunities exist to deliver higher value outcomes, ensuring all options have been duly evaluated.
  • Within the Category Management framework, develop, build and maintain supplier engagement through appraisal and performance monitoring, value analysis, continuous improvement, supply base development, compliance and demand management.
  • Leading the discussion on management of contractual risk and agreeing steps to ensure remediation or reduction.
  • Managing commercial interfaces between senior stakeholders from the business and suppliers.
  • Resolving contractual and supplier disputes when they occur, protecting the interests of the business at all times.
  • Participating in budgeting of supplier spend and engaging on supplier cost saving initiatives where appropriate.
  • Supporting the recruitment, selection, training, development and management of staff.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for the appropriate use of e-sourcing techniques.
  • Supporting junior members of the team to build and improve their supply chain skills.


Applicants to this position should offer experience in a similar role, with a clear understanding of Category Management principles and ideally demonstrable knowledge of the Wells & Subsurface categories.


You should offer a proven track record of transformational value-delivery, through the identification and implementation of innovative sourcing strategies, continuous improvement plans and demand management.


An understanding of general and contract law and applications of LOGIC models in contract development, execution and dispute resolution is required, as is the ability to manage supplier relationships and performance.


A relevant degree qualification is preferred and a Supply Chain qualification (MBA, MSc or CIPS) would be beneficial.

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