Senior Category Manager

Senior Category Manager

Job Description

Job ID: 18607
Job Function: Purchasing
Job Term: Permanent
Job Region: UK & Europe
Posted Date: 16 Jun 2022

Job Overview

TVS are operating as part of Team Leidos, a team of defence and logistics specialists, supporting a major transformation contract providing an end to end supply chain service delivering commodity and inventory savings to the UK Ministry of Defence.

Based at Emersons Green we are now recruiting for a Category Manager working for TVS at the Team Leidos offices at Emersons Green in Bristol as part of a vibrant and dynamic team, committed to transforming the way the MOD works.

Please note we work on a hybrid model of four days working from home and one day in our offices in Emersons Green, Bristol each week. Therefore, you must be located within reasonable commuting distance to Bristol.



Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, management, and development direction for the Strategic Category Team.
  • Ability to operate and provide leadership across all aspects of the category pillar
  • Take category ownership of pillar activities in key areas
  • Identify and promote best practice across the pillar
  • Deputise for Head of Category as required
  • Maintain Forward load planning for responsible areas
  • Maintain Re-let scheduling for given areas and highlight any delays or risks to program
  • Ownership of Category’s Strategic needs.
  • Support development of Category Strategy and executing the plans to meet the Business Objectives.
  • Manage Cost Reduction Strategies through to completion
  • Identify and mitigate Supply and Commercial Risks throughout the Implementation Process.
  • Optimise project deliverables consistent with the expectations and objectives surrounding quality, service, cost and innovation
  • Coordinate the negotiation of all the key commercial data and supplier agreements relative to a specific project
  • Support Strategic Supplier Negotiations.
  • Rationalise Supply Base for the benefit of the Client
  • Lead or provide support on Tender Activity across the business as appropriate
  • Work closely with colleagues and suppliers to identify improvements
  • Process and Performance Improvements
  • Work closely with colleagues and suppliers to identify improvements
  • Implement / oversee projects to develop these improvements through to delivery.
  • Undertake benefits deep dives on relevant contracts where applicable

Qualifications and Skills

  • Leadership and management skills: ability to develop and best utilise skill sets to deliver business’ and individuals’ objectives.
  • 3 years’ experience in a relevant Purchasing / Supply Chain environment at Line Management Level desirable
  • Ideally educated to HND / Degree Level Qualification in relevant subject, MCIPS qualified or working towards, or equivalent qualification.
  • Professional and Ethical in Approach.
  • Proven ability to persuade, influence and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent Communicator at all Levels across all Media.
  • Good understanding of supply chain management and procurement, including best practise purchasing and Sourcing Tools and Techniques.
  • MS Office.
  • Ability to influence Senior Level stakeholders across the entire business unit
  • Full driving licence and willingness to travel.



The successful candidate will be required go through a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) Clearance.


We operate flexible start and finish times, have onsite car parking and have dress down and early finish on Friday’s each week.


How to apply:

For an informal discussion about this role or to find out more about other positions at TVS please get in touch with Jake Howard, Internal Recruiter on 07833 138 626 or via email at


About TVS:

TVS Supply Chain Solutions are specialists in receiving, processing and managing the flow of raw materials, individual components and spare parts for a range of manufacturers within the automotive, beverage, industrial and defence markets.

Operating from six bespoke centres across the UK plus a number of strategic facilities across Europe, Asia and the USA, TVS SCS is owned by TVS Logistics Investment which is part of the $6bn TVS Group and has ambitious plans for global expansion.

Determined to be different, our specialist services set us apart as a market-leading 4PL provider. Our tailor made options include: inventory management; funding and control; supplier management; warehousing; packaging; inbound and outbound transport and logistics; same day delivery; kitting; sequencing; IT software for planning and costing and creation of technical product literature.


Please note TVS Supply Chain Solutions is an Equal Opportunities Employer



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