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Group Category Manager, IT

  • Job
    Mid Level
  • IT & Cybersecurity
  • Southampton

AI generated summary

  • You need experience in IT procurement for software and SAAS in a large corporate setting. You must excel in negotiations, vendor management, and stakeholder relationships, with a proven track record of delivering cost savings and successful projects.
  • You will lead IT procurement in software, hardware, services, and telecoms. Develop procurement plan, evaluate suppliers, leverage Group scale, identify cost reduction opportunities, monitor trends, ensure compliance, and build stakeholder relationships.


  • Experienced IT Procurement professional with experience in procuring software and Software as a Service
  • Experience working in a large blue-chip environment preferred - Having a track record of delivering significant benefits to make change happen through professional procurement
  • Experience working and negotiating with international suppliers - Managing a range of procurement contracts and projects from below £100k to upwards of £2mil in value
  • Experienced in vendor management and getting the most out of current contracts
  • Strong stakeholder management with the ability to build long lasting relationships with internal colleagues and external suppliers


  • IT Procurement within the following categories, Software, Hardware, Services and Telecoms - Development and implementation of the yearly procurement plan ensuring alignment and consistency with the IT Sourcing strategy
  • Lead evaluation and decision process for supplier selection in accordance with Kingfisher IT policies and procedures
  • Ensure Group scale is leveraged for Procurements through close communication with wider Commercial team and IT stakeholders.
  • Identify cost reduction opportunities. Coordinate, plan & execute benchmarks
  • Analysis and monitoring of IT sourcing and commercial trends.
  • Ensure that all procurement requests are properly authorised, and the appropriate due diligence and approvals are carried out prior to contract signature.
  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders to ensure that demand is effectively understood, IT procurement plans are bought into and stakeholders have the procurement information they need to support effective decision making.


What are the key responsibilities of a Group Category Manager, IT at Kingfisher?

The key responsibilities include end to end IT Procurement management, analysis & reporting, vendor management, leading supplier selection processes, identifying cost reduction opportunities, and building strong relationships with stakeholders.

What qualifications and experience are required for the role of Group Category Manager, IT?

The ideal candidate should have experience in IT Procurement, especially in software and Software as a Service. Experience in a large blue-chip environment, negotiating with international suppliers, managing procurement contracts, and strong stakeholder management skills are also essential.

What benefits are offered to employees working at Kingfisher?

Kingfisher offers benefits such as private health care, a pension scheme, 25 days of holiday, staff discount, share incentive plans, life assurance, bonuses, and share save options.

What is the application process for the Group Category Manager, IT role at Kingfisher?

The application process involves submitting an application via the Kingfisher Careers website, followed by a review by the Talent Acquisition team. Successful candidates will then have a telephone interview, a face to face or virtual interview, and receive feedback on their application status.

Retail & Consumer Goods

Mission & Purpose

Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with approximately 1,900 stores, and operations in eight countries across Europe. We operate under retail banners including B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix, TradePoint and Koçtaş, supported by a team of over 82,000 colleagues. We offer home improvement products and services to consumers and trade professionals who shop in our stores and via our e-commerce channels. At Kingfisher, we believe a better world starts with better homes. We help make better homes accessible for everyone. As a Group, we use our core strengths and commercial assets, and we power our retail banners to address the significant growth opportunities that exist within the home improvement market #PoweredByKingfisher