Category Manager - Supplier On Boarding

Job Title: Category Manager - Supplier On Boarding
Job Reference: SC/HQ00054050

Location: Cambridge
Job Type: Contract

£340 - £380 per day
Sector: Logistics Distribution & Supply Chain

Posted 10 days ago

  • Supply Chain Category Manager – Supplier On Boarding
  • £380 per day
  • 3 month contract
  • Cambridge

As one of the most revered leaders in their industry, this technology led organisation is widely regarded as one of Britain’s global success stories. This is a fantastic opportunity to join them as we are looking for an experienced Supply Chain Category Manager.  


Primarily responsible for the delivery of Supplier On Boarding involving approximately 250 suppliers across the US and UK supply chain. These suppliers are working across the whole business from legal, finance, engineering, IT and Marketing. These 250 suppliers are incredibly important to the business as they are their preferred suppliers so this is a critical role ensuring the smooth transition of on-boarding these suppliers to the new process.


You will be responsible for taking these Suppliers on a positive supplier journey ensuring they have a smooth experience in their on-boarding. You will need to have outstanding communication skills, be out going, personable and highly articulate.


You MUST have previous experience on-boarding suppliers onto an online platform

  • Phase 2 delivery requires adherence to a prescribed approach, plan and agile ways of working – this will require an individual who has demonstrable experience in meeting deadlines and targets.
  • The Supplier On Boarding Lead will have demonstrable competency in working collaboratively but firmly with multiple suppliers
  • You must be a strong and confident communicator across all levels
  • The Supplier On Boarding Lead will need to operate flexibly across UK and US time-zones 
  • Act as the single point of liaison for Supplier on-Boarding
  • Be the Supplier-facing champion and advocate for promoting new ways of working
  • Responsible for the coordination of delivery resources to ensure timely completion of supplier onboarding
  • Responsible for coordination of interactions with in-scope suppliers to achieve overall timely completion
  • Keep Category Management and Supplier Relationship Owners informed of progress and challenges 
  • Work closely with other Programme workstreams to ensure coordinated and consistent supplier engagement and messaging
  • Responsible for the provision of key inputs into lessons learned to inform subsequent phases of supplier onboarding
  • Proven track record in managing Supplier-facing delivery projects
  • Previous Ariba experience is preferred

Key Activities will include, but not be limited to:
  • Maintain a central plan, schedule and RAID log to track progress
  • Maintain a central core supplier information register for recording Supplier-centric data and to track on-boarding progress against plan
  • Conduct Stakeholder briefings
  • Conduct Supplier Briefings
  • Manage Supplier communications and mailbox monitoring
  • Manage and address Supplier queries
  • Manage and address business queries relating to Supplier on-Boarding
  • Progress Supplier requested changes
  • Manage and track Supplier Registration process
  • Chasing the checking of Bank Account details  and expediting the reconciliation of discrepancies
  • Supporting relationship development with Suppliers
  • Capture and manage Supplier feedback
  • Contact Suppliers: pre-mobilisation/awareness; briefings; updates and co-ordination
  • Conduct in-Phase wave reviews and provide feedback to relevant stakeholders as required
  • Chair Bi-weekly Checkpoints / Escalation of issues (non-response etc.) with the Programme Manager and key stakeholders
Trevor  Lee


Trevor Lee

Managing Director

Having been in recruitment for 15 years, in 2006 I decided to form Jenrick Commercial (a new division of The Jenrick Group) and I have to say, it’s been one hell of a ride. Recruitment has changed drastically over the last 15 years, however, I’ve learnt that if you keep things simple, work hard, be honest and really understand your clients and candidates then you will do well.

My loves in life are my wife (Miriam) and my son (Toron). I’ve been married for nearly 20 years, so I was snapped up early (my wife clearly has good taste – or at least I like to think so!).

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2018 wasn’t a particularly straightforward year for many businesses around the UK, however despite this 2018 was another steady year for us as a business. We saw our business thrive and peak in 2017, with it being our best year ever, and 2018 saw us level on par with that. So for us as a business having this continuity in strength was reassuring and gave us confidence despite the media advertising otherwise due to Brexit.


In Quarter 4 we did see the usual reduction of volume of candidate’s applications. We do find this to be the norm prior to Christmas, many candidates often put aside looking for a new role in November until the New Year so this wasn’t a surprise. Although we did see a lull in candidate movement at the back end of the year, a point to note is that not one candidate we spoke to advised that they were staying put until after Brexit.


What has been a surprise is that normally we do see higher response of volume on applications and candidates looking for work at this point of the year, following the theme ‘New year, new career’, however applications have been far lighter compared to the start of 2018. This highlights that the war on good, quality talent is becoming even more difficult.


On the flip side the volume of new jobs has been very steady, even rising slightly, since Jan 1st. This is based on our client growth as well as the strong relationships we have formed with our current clients – around  91% of our business is referred of repeat. January and February have been a great start to the year with both placement of permanent and contract positions increasing so we are seeing no slow down with new business.


Where’s the future at?


It goes without saying that Brexit will no doubt shape and define where the market goes. The likelihood is increasing that we will extend the negotiations and not leave as planned on the 29th March. While we are unsure as to how long the delay will be, it could dominate through to the end of 2019 meaning a steady and cautious, if not unpredictable, year.


Whatever the outcome is; a deal as planned, a delayed deal or even a no deal then we do foresee the market to the cautious throughout 2019. Obviously the sooner the decision is made then the more likely it will be that we will see stability in our industry and the overall market conditions of the UK bringing confidence back in and normality taking hold.


As most of our clients tend to sit within either; Technology, Professional Services, Financial Services we definitely haven’t seen any change with new opportunities, however the market is all around confident and if confidence is high then opportunity will flow.


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