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IT Category Manager- 12 month FTC

Date: 11-Jun-2021

Location: SLOUGH, GB

Company: Telefonica S.A.


It matters to us that Team O2 is as diverse as the communities we serve. 

We’re aware that we need more diversity in our senior leadership roles, so we welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. 

Whoever you are, O2 has a place for you. 

Come join us.


About the Team:

The UK Procurement team manages a spend of c. £3bn per annum across all categories of goods and services. Our task is to support all areas of the business for both customer facing and internal activities.

We operate in a dynamic environment playing a vital role in many of the company’s strategic projects as well as managing the commercial interface with our key vendors.

We also work closely with our Group colleagues to identify and implement global aggregation opportunities.


About the Role:

As an IT Category Manager you will be responsible for developing and implementing a category plan which delivers your stakeholders’ requirements for third party goods and services whilst minimising whole life costs and mitigating commercial and operational risk. You will work closely with technical, finance & legal colleagues in the UK to formalise those commercial and contractual requirements and with Group Procurement colleagues to agree and deliver appropriate sourcing and negotiation strategies.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the IT Managed Services category plan, in alignment with key UK & Telefonica Group stakeholders, that delivers operational requirements, meets budget & savings challenges and mitigates against external & internal risks.
  • Monitor and analyse the relevant supply market to understand best industry practice and ensure that TEF UK is best positioned to maximise its business opportunities and minimise its business risk.
  • Lead the delivery of cost saving initiatives by working in close cooperation with the relevant Telefonica stakeholders (including UK Finance and TGS).
  • Run complex and high-value sourcing activities in compliance with the Telefonica sourcing policy & guidelines whilst leveraging international opportunities to consolidate spend across the Telefonica Group.
  • Manage the in-life contract & supplier management activity in relation to specified contracts & suppliers within the Operations directorate.
  • Act as the commercial interface for all suppliers within the category.
  • Work regularly with stakeholders up to senior level to ensure commercial opportunities are maximised and risks managed within a dynamic and fast moving environment
  • Apply Telefonica policy and best practice throughout the end to end Procurement process.
  • Work and deliver against a framework of targets including savings, effectiveness and efficiency in delivery.


What We Need from You:

  • Strong and proven commercial acumen, with a track record of delivering exceptional value from supplier relationships.
  • At least 3 years’ experience of:
    • developing category, budget and supplier strategies
    • running eCommerce applications and substantive sourcing events within blue-chip organisations
    • negotiating pricing & contract terms
    • managing the commercial elements arising from contract implementation, amendments, extensions, and disputes with a nominated range of suppliers.
    • Experience of using management information from ERP and Purchasing systems
  • Good contract law knowledge
  • Good analytical and Desktop skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work with and influence suppliers and internal stakeholders at the highest level
    • Strong stakeholder management skills: The ability to engage and influence stakeholders internally and externally
    • Good people management skills
    • The ability to operate within and manage cross-functional teams and virtual teams
    • Good negotiating skills
  • The drive and enthusiasm to shape the procurement agenda, achieve a strong working relationship with stakeholders and deliver exceptional results
    • A willingness and ability to work with the minimum of supervision
    • Resilient and assertive
  • Educated to degree level
  • CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply) qualification desirable
  • Spanish language would be advantageous
  • Relevant ICategory Knowledge & Experience


12 month FTC

Location(s):  Leeds/Slough

Closing Date: 25 June 2021


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We’re looking to pay a great compensation package (depending on experience) for this position. We also offer plenty of extras to sweeten the deal, which could include things like bonuses, life assurance cover, health care and lots of flexible benefits.  

Also, every employee has their personal development supported with a LinkedIn learning account; plus other role specific learning available through our award-winning digital learning platform - O2 Campus. 

We also believe a great work-life balance is important, so we’re open to considering flexible working arrangements. Like to know more, feel free to raise it.  

Join us and we’ll encourage you to be bold every day. So take a deep breath, your career is about to go to exciting new places. 

If you have any questions around the role then please email who will be happy to help.