Category Manager

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Feb 2022

Job no:506404
Work type:Continuing - Full-time
Categories:Finance and Accounting, HEO8

(HEO8) $100,261 to $112,481 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply.

Full time continuing position available immediately.

Provide leadership in the procurement process of research and major equipment and related services to achieve the desired outcomes for the University.

Reporting to the Manager, Strategic Procurement, the Category Manager will provide leadership in respect of the commodity or service category/ies assigned and manage the procurement process for the assigned category in order to achieve the desired outcomes at lowest overall cost to the University. The successful applicant will promote cost and service improvement through the implementation of change in specification, risk, variety, quantity, supplier base, price, total cost etc. and continual development of process, quality and stakeholder experience.

The Category Manager will be continuous improvement focused with excellent stakeholder engagement skills, strategically minded and fully competent in reviewing contractual agreements while ensuring suppliers are fully accountable in providing services for the University.

To be successful you will need:

  • Extensive commercial experience with a substantial involvement in the procurement process, including exposure to professions aligned to specific categories, contracts and supplies.
  • Experience with tender processes and broad understanding of contract management issues ideally relating to Category Management.
  • Experience in Category Management with the ability to successfully develop procurement strategies, policies, processes, guidelines and pricing, cost analysis, and the implementation of same with performance monitoring, commodity and contract management reviews as part of a Category Management process and reporting.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, consultation and negotiation skills, including the ability to influence and liaise effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders in a way that encourages support and respect.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including effective presentations to stakeholders so as to secure support for proposed strategies.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework  and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities. 

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Your division's broader role

The Division of University Operations enables the University's delivery of high-quality and distinct learning, teaching and research experiences. Its responsibilities link to Adelaide's strategic plan and focus on people, community, assets and infrastructure, and processes.

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Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 28 February 2022.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Magda Hebert

Manager, Strategic Procurement

P: +61 (08) 8313 2468

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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