Assistant Category Manager

University of Reading - Finance

The Assistant Category Manager is responsible for Supporting purchasing activity, analysis of cost data and savings opportunities and investigating market information in support of the procurement Category Management team.

You will have or be:

  • Proven / demonstrated advanced data analysis skills.
  • Ability to independently apply analysis techniques to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise a number of projects.
  • Ability to communicate to key stakeholders.
  • Proven mastery of computer software skills – Microsoft Office.
  • Process driven.
  • Ability to network effectively across multiple business groups.
  • Proven ability to create innovation with an openness to change.
  • Proven self-motivator who sets clear direction and priorities.
  • Fosters effective teamwork and collaboration.
  • Strong written presentation skills.
  • A good level of education.
  • Working towards Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Skilled in the application of contemporary procurement approaches.
  • Understanding of the supplier base.
  • Previous experience of developing financial analysis related to procurement.
  • Previous purchasing experience.
  • Project a professional image and demonstrate a proactive attitude.

Informal contact details

Contact role: Lead Category Manager
Contact name: Martin McMahon
Contact email:

Interviews will be held on Thursday 9 November 2017

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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