IT Category Manager

Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex / London
23 Jul 2019
16 Aug 2019
Hastings Direct
Contract Type
Full Time

IT Category Manager

A change to a more

strategic approach to Cost and Value has left Hastings Direct looking for a

bright, ambitious and commercially aware procurement professional to join the

team as an IT Category Manager.

Hastings Direct

want to be the biggest and best digital insurer, and technology plays a big

part in our future plans. This is a great opportunity to impact the procurement

function in a tangible way, as well as having the autonomy to drive the long

term strategy.

If you enjoy the

challenge of complex procurement projects, giving you exposure to a variety of

senior stakeholders, in a fast paced dynamic company, please get in touch.

The Role

Working across a wide range of Hastings Direct procurement

categories to deliver high value or medium to high risk procurement projects.

The role holder will be working at all levels in business up to Executive level

in managing the end to end procurement process on their assigned

initiatives. In addition the role will

be responsible for establishing preferred supplier lists, improved procurement

self-serve capability and supporting the embedding of a more efficient and

robust process for the future.



Working across a range of categories, run

procurement end to end activities (request for information and / or Proposal,

negotiation, due diligence etc. through to contract signing) for mid/ high

value spend (£50k+).


Agree and deliver against target signing dates,

ensuring all aspects of procurement including due diligence have been completed,

prioritising appropriately and ensuring that proportional effort is applied to

each contract to deliver excellent

results in an acceptable timeframe.


Liaise with legal to support business owners in

a smooth contracting process, with key clauses and outcomes clearly understood.


Identify opportunities for procurement to drive

increased value and deliver upon those opportunities.


Build a strong partnership with business leads,

ensuring early engagement, making the process easy for them, with clear inputs,

deliverables and acceptable turnaround times for completion of procurement


Skills Knowledge & Experience

At least 4-5 years in a

similar role,

CIPS qualified, or working

towards CIPS qualification.


presentation and influencing skills.

Highly organised, and able

to manage multiple projects at a time whilst consistently paying attention

to detail

Happy with change and

willing to contribute new ideas.

Experience of handling complex IT supply relationships and a background of executing software agreements

Benefits for you

Please find some of

the great benefits we offer here at Hastings Direct;


Competitive basic salary which we will share

with you upon shortlisting, but do feel free to email the Recruitment team for

more details in advance of your application -


1-2 days working from home


Car allowance of £5,000


Up to 10% bonus earning potential


27 days holiday


Life assurance


Competitive pension


Flexible benefits - buy or sell holidays


Discounted Hastings Direct products


A friendly, dynamic and flexible environment

with a test-and-learn culture


Structured career path that rewards achievements

and solid performance


Broad exposure to senior management and ability

to contribute to real change


Great environment to practice existing skills

and learn new ones

Hastings Group is an

equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome

applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age,

race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation,

gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a

thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks.