Category Manager - Education Technology
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Category Manager - Education Technology

Category Manager - Education Technology

Category Manager - Education Technology

Grade 12 – £42,821 to £45,859 per annum | Temporary – 12 month contract | Full Time 37 hours per week | Closing Date: 31 January 2022


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Category Manager to join the Trading department at YPO on a fixed term contract to undertake a specific project.


The project will investigate the credible opportunities within the ever-growing Education Technology space.  The Category Manager will be expected to undertake a review of customer demands, competitor analysis, build strategic relationships, look for partnership opportunities and present findings and recommendations for the short, medium and long term.


The Category Manager will be responsible for developing the operational category strategy and supporting action plans. They will be accountable for the overall delivery of YPOs approach and range of Educational Technology products and services ensuring they are to a high quality, on time, at the right place to the right customer and in the right quantity. The section will be set specific margin / on-cost targets along with turnover and rebate expectations, which the category manager will ultimately be responsible for.


The Category Manager will effectively liaise with the Head of Trading, Business Managers along with other Category Managers within the Trading Department to ensure cohesive procurement strategy is in place for goods and products.  


Other core responsibilities include:

  • To shape and lead an end-to-end productive category management approach to procurement in YPO.
  • To ensure the category specific buying strategy and approach is aligned to the overall procurement strategy.
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality Supplier performance for service delivery, procurement cost (savings target), efficiency, overall growth and profitability.
  • Lead by example and encourage the YPO values & ways of working which support the business strategy.
  • Collaborate with Sales & Marketing to continuously promote and engage to meet the needs of customers and the market.
  • To support and develop YPO’s Market capability to achieve efficiencies and ensure sustainable supply capacity to meet changing customer demands.
  • To lead and support the delivery of specific procurement projects as part of the procurement services team.

Key Benefits of This Role:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Comprehensive holiday package: 28 days Annual leave + 8 Statutory + 3 discretionary close down days (subject to approval)
  • Flexi leave scheme and flexible working arrangements
  • Free parking (subject to availability) if attending the office
  • Member of the Institute of Customer Service
  • Public sector organisation that operates very commercially
  • Family friendly policies

If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Ash Cartwright, Head of Trading on 07814295265.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31 January 2022 and interviews will be held the week commencing 14 February 2022. 

CV’s will not be accepted in lieu of application forms. Please note only candidates that have completed and returned the application form will be considered.


How to apply

Download the job description and application form below. The application form consists of Part A and Part B. In order to shortlist an application form, both parts must be submitted. You will not be considered in recruitment process if you submit incomplete application form. Email your completed application form to [email protected]. Please note that we do not accept CV’s. All applications must be submitted using our official application form.