Job Title: Global Category Specialist
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Employer: Save the Children
Job Location: London, United Kingdom
Closing Date: 22/01/2017
Job Description:

We are currently recruiting for Global Category Specialists to be based either in our London, Nairobi or Singapore offices. These are great opportunities for candidates with significant ambition and potential, in which you'll have a significant impact on a greenfield area of spend and ensure we fully leverage our scale to achieve value for money within our 3rd party spend (approx. $450m).


You'll be responsible for supporting the definition of category strategies and their implementation. You will also drive and support the execution of sourcing projects and be a key point of interaction between the Global Category Manager and the analytical capability.

Depending on the category structure and shape, you will be fully responsible for driving value in certain sub-categories.

The categories are:

  • Indirects: Professional Services (e.g. Legal, Consulting, Insurance), Business Services (e.g. Recruitment & Temp. Labour, Training, Travel, Facilities Management) and IT (e.g. IT Hardware, Services, Telecoms)
  • Directs: Medical (e.g. Pharma, Medical Consumables and Equipment), Logistics (e.g. Warehousing, Fleet, Freight), Nutrition/Food, Shelters and Education Supplies

In order to be successful you will bring:

  • Significant experience in hands-on category management within a global organisation
  • A track record of ensuring value for money
  • Proven experience in setting up complex commercial contracts
  • A proven ability to review procurement demands and trends and develop strategies to fill any gaps,
  • Proven management, coaching and capacity building skills
  • Highly developed influencing and negotiation skills
  • Ability to engage in high level discussions with the business and challenge ideas where appropriate

On a personal level you'll have strong interpersonal and communication skills, cultural awareness and the ability to maintain confidence.

The role has a competitive package in the context of the sector.

These roles could be based either in our London, Singapore or Nairobi offices on national contracts.

The organisation

We employ approximately 17,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 60 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise children's rights and ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards 3 breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

Application information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Applications will be reviewed and progressed on an ongoing basis.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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