Category Manager - Product & Supply

Location: Salford Quays, M5 3TT (Hybrid working)

Contract Type: Full Time


  • Responsibility for a category of spend and develop a strategy to support the overall business initiatives that provides a platform for continuous cost reduction and improved supplier performance.    

    • Ensure the commercial and contractual relationships and frameworks are created and adhered to.    

    • Focus the sourcing activities on the areas of most value to the business in terms of spend, risk and service provision.    

    • Take ownership and implement an agreed purchasing strategy, developing, extending and changing it as necessary. 

    • Manage Stakeholder relations to influence spend synergies.

    • Where appropriate make recommendations for new initiatives and concepts.

    • Manage the commercial aspects of the relationship within the category with suppliers and define the supplier KPIs and SLG’s for contract development.

    • Work with stakeholders on their forecasted projects for future buying requirements.

    • Communicate with stakeholders and management to ensure that the Purchasing strategy, approach and process for category is understood, agreed and complied with.

    • Ensure agreed savings targets are delivered and customer satisfaction requirements are met.

    • Participate in and support supplier event roadmap

    • Production of monthly Procurement reports (Prof Services Cat Manager only)

    • Recovery of SLG's in conjunction with Stakeholders (OSP Category Manager only)


    • Solid procurement experience

    • Experience building successful relationships with internal and external stakeholders on all levels

    • An influencer with skill in internal and external negotiations

    • Excellent communication and presentation skills

    • Commercial understanding and the ability to manage complex contracts

    • Negotiation, leadership and decision-making skills

    • Enthusiastic and motivated team player who contributes to a positive team dynamic

    • Background in telecoms would be an added advantage

As a recognised Top 50 Inclusive Employer in the UK, we know that diversity means success and innovation. We want our workplace to reflect the communities and customer we serve. Being inclusive is part of our DNA; we are all 100% human, and we create a culture where you can truly be yourself.

We’re also not your usual 9-5. We are a dynamic workplace and we want to talk to you about how you like to work.


  • My Wellbeing

    We want you to feel good at work — and not just because you’re doing great things for our customers. We run lots of wellbeing initiatives throughout the year.

  • My Products

    We offer all of our people free TalkTalk Fibre, TV and Phone (you’ll be helping us make them what they are, so it’s only fair that you get to enjoy them).

  • My Flexibility

    We all lead different lives and like to work differently, so whether it's working from home or starting and finishing your day later, we’ll give you the flexibility you need to do your best work.

  • My Benefits

    Think company pension scheme, private medical insurance, income protection and life assurance, plus all sorts of other benefits designed to make your life easier.


Category Manager - Product & Supply

Location: Salford Quays, M5 3TT

Contract Type: Full Time