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Senior Category Manager, Marketing Procurement (Media)


United Kingdom - Bristol Office

Company Overview

Dyson is a global technology company.  We transform every category we enter with radical and iconic reinventions that work, perform and look very different.

We’re growing – fast.  Our ambition is huge.  We're about better ideas and better technologies. It's about finding better ways to work in more new markets and bright new categories.

Dyson is different.  Our culture is unique.  It's not easy or comfortable. It's certainly not for everyone.  But if you thrive on challenge and are excited by change – it could be for you.

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic. But most of all we’re hugely passionate about what we do.

What you can expect

This is a fantastic opportunity to take leadership of the media category with a global remit.  The role sits within the Global Indirect procurement team & reports into the Head of Procurement – Marketing & Retail.   The role is high profile within the Marketing function &has line management responsibility for 1 to 2 direct reports.   To have success in this role you will need the ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders on a global scale through all levels of the organisation, and also a strong interest and willingness to coach and develop more junior members of the team.   

We are looking for people who can create impact, thrive within a dynamic environment and be resilient to change.

Professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, and with a vibrant campus culture, and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to fuelling and realising ambition. 

Dyson is based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire with offices in Bristol & London.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Performance mange our global Media Agency of record across the four pillars of performance
  • Develop and continually review robust, forward looking global category strategies based on business needs taking into account regional and national differences.
  • Run RFPs, of various levels of complexity & contract negotiations to meet business requirements & deliver bottom line savings & value add.
  • Line management responsibility for 1 to 2 direct reports who will have a broader marketing focus than just the media category
  • Support the Head of Procurement – Marketing & Retail in coaching more junior members of the team
  • Influence the businesses through strong stakeholder and relationship management.
  • Role model the Dyson Behaviours appropriate to both individual and the role both leading self and leading others; ingenious, explorer, fighter and shrewd.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and inspire confidence when faced with uncertainty and change.
  • Know how to be at your best and what motivates you.  Inspire others, providing energy and engagement.
  • Provide clear direction in the creation and execution of category strategies
  • Bring drive, energy and pace to category activity.
  • A reputation for delivery that quickly earns credibility but also has clear strategic direction.

About you

  • Strong Media procurement or media agency background
  • Willingness to work out of our Global media agency office (London) 1 or 2 days a week
  • Evidence of managing a category through the whole life cycle, from strategy creation through procurement to supplier management
  • Experience of running large scale global RFP processes
  • Confidence and credibility with excellent communication and relationship management skills with the ability to engage and influence Global senior level stakeholders up to Board level.
  • Sustains personal energy, self-motivation and productivity and encourages good resilience in others.
  • Actively removes complexity.
  • Demonstrable leadership of matrix teams under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Capability to achieve not only the best service from a category but also able to create global competitive advantages and performance.
  • Commercially astute and with a fastidious, all-seeing eye for detail.
  • Proven ability to solve problems and to drive decision making.
  • Strong negotiation skills with proven results
  • Self-motivated and tenacious team-player.
  • Self-aware, knows own strengths and limitations.
  • A highly driven self-starter; who has the ability to work autonomously and as part of a small team.
  • Can work on multiple projects at once and drives all projects through to completion


  • People management experience/ experience of coaching & developing individuals to meet a goal
  • Contract law
  • Further marketing procurement category knowledge such as Advertising Production, Marketing Technology, Market Research etc.
  • Project management
  • eProcurement / Ariba sourcing

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.