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Procurement Category Manager


United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

The role will support the Senior Category Manager in creation of the category strategy, owning all elements within their respective sub-categories. With specific category knowledge, this will be achieved through the creation and continual review of robust and forward-looking plans that use the full range of supply and demand-side levers including the execution of these plans and the achievement of savings. The role will develop influential relationships across markets and business units including ownership of both the procurement and PSL compliance.

About the role

Impact on Business

  • The Category Manager will also be responsible for supporting the creation of the overall category strategy, the creation of sub-category strategies and plans to achieve or exceed agreed savings targets for the category.
  • Driving business outcomes and behaviours with subject matter expertise to deliver value through the category planning lifecycle.
  • Constantly monitoring the supplier market and identify opportunities resulting from new product offerings and/or market shifts (e.g. entry or exit of suppliers, changes in pricing, risk on category).
  • Seeking alternatives to current category specifications and demand parameters.
  • Continually monitoring compliance across the indirect spend and driving corrective action as necessary.
  • Develop a supply base to build the capacity and capability to deliver the business’ requirements.

Customers / Stakeholders

  • With the relevant Senior Category Manager and stakeholders, develop and continually review robust, forward-looking sub category plans based on business and product needs, supply market dynamics, and technological changes in marketplace.
  • Influence the businesses and drive the application of a variety of commercial models to deliver the most appropriate business outcomes.
  • Ensure alignment with all key stakeholders within Procurement and the business on category decisions.
  • Support the SCM in influencing policy thinking, provide timely responses to audit reports and report category costs as appropriate.
  • Implement or maintain an appropriate global, regional, national strategy within the sub-categories and, with the support of relevant in market procurement, manage compliance to contracts.
  • Support supplier relationship management in the classification of new suppliers to determine the most appropriate SRM treatment.
  • Work with the SCM to manage resourcing within the category to deliver sourcing projects.

Leadership & Teamwork

  • Live the Dyson Behaviours; authentic, different and pioneering.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and inspire confidence even when faced with uncertainty.
  • Bring drive, energy and pace to project activity.
  • Display good people management and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrate the importance of subject matter expertise through example.
  • Market and communicate category guidelines into the business.
  • Role model the adoption and leverage agile ways of working.
  • Make time to invest in your personal development maintaining a live development plan.

Operational Effectiveness & Control

  • Deliver a pipeline of projects to achieve or exceed agreed savings target for the category.
  • Understand complex business problems, apply analytical thinking and market knowledge to drive the most appropriate business outcome.
  • Communicate category concepts in a way that is relevant to the business.
  • Ensure category and project data (savings, pipeline, milestones, risks, issues, taxonomy) is accurate and reflective of reality.
  • Ensure quality of content and compliance with relevant sourcing and category planning governance.
  • Monitor the status of the projects, and drive corrective action to ensure savings targets are achieved or exceeded.
  • Work with the SCM to prioritise and schedule all strategic sourcing initiatives for the year, in alignment with business milestones.
  • Embed best practices and compliance to the operating model.
  • Support the development and enhancement of the operating model.
  • Maintain credibility and relevance with the business so that the category management team becomes true business partners and acknowledged as a clear benefit.
  • Develop a reputation for delivery that quickly earns credibility.
  • Develop and maintain a stakeholder network in a complex and dynamic business environment.
  • Embrace change with a positive attitude.

Management of Risk

  • Continually reassess the operational risks associated with the sub-categories, taking account of changing economic or market conditions, legal and regulatory requirements, operating procedures and practices, management changes, and the impact of new technology.
  • Ensure that all agreements are established in accordance with the relevant global, regional or national Legal representatives.
  • Always ensures an appropriate balance of risk with the cost of control. 

About you


  • Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply with clear route to advancement towards MCIPS, Bachelors Degree or equivalent.
  • Able to work in diverse environments and adhere to highest ethical standards.
  • Confidence and credibility with good communication and relationship management skills with the ability to engage and influence middle to senior level stakeholders.
  • Sustains personal energy, productivity, encouraging good resilience in others.
  • A driven self-starter; who can work autonomously and as part of a small team. 
  • Identifies and raises opportunities and/or challenges.
  • Takes action to simplify complexity.
  • Recognised expertise in the specific category applicable to the role
  • Evidence of managing a sub-category through the whole life cycle, from strategy creation through procurement to supplier management.
  • Commercially astute and with a strong eye for detail.
  • Proven ability to solve problems and to influence decision making.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Self-aware, knows own strengths and limitations.
  • Prepared to travel as necessary/appropriate in the performance of duties. 


  • Good knowledge of HR Services and Recruitment as a commodity.
  • Good understanding e-procurement processes and systems (Ariba)
  • Project management experience.
  • Working knowledge of contract law.
  • Skilled or capable of being skilled in all sourcing process disciplines.
  • Working knowledge of multiple categories / commodities.
  • Good numeracy & analytical skills.
  • Experience of working in operational areas within categories or supply base.
  • Experience of working with global teams


  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines


Dyson is an equal opportunity employer. We know that great minds don’t think alike, and it takes all kinds of minds to make our technology so unique. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and employment decisions are made without regard to race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other any other dimension of diversity.

Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate.