Procurement Category Manager - IT

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

Contract Type: Full Time


About PXC

We are PXC, the UK’s largest provider of wholesale connectivity. Our vision is to be the UK’s #1 wholesale platform, a one-stop shop provider of connectivity, voice, cloud and security underpinned by the UK’s most robust, secure, resilient and reliable network.

Born from the combination of Virtual1 and TalkTalk’s wholesale services and national network business, we employ 1100 people across our 3 core sites (Salford, London and North Macedonia).

Our mission is clear, to be the UK’s best company to work for and best to work with. We believe this success is driven by the power of our employees. We empower our people to become true experts in their field who embody our values every day: we care; we challenge; we commit.

About the Role

Due to department growth, we are looking for experienced Category/ Procurement Managers with a background in IT Procurement, and ideally, with a Telco background. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with the Head of Procurement and senior stakeholders and directly influence customer experience.

What you will be working on

  • Responsibility for a category of spend and developing 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.   
  • Own and implement an agreed purchasing strategy, developing, extending and changing it as necessary.
  • Manage Stakeholder relations to influence spend synergies.
  • 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.

What will make you successful in your role?

  • Solid procurement experience within IT/Telecoms area including experience with hardware and software vendors
  • Experience of negotiating complex software delivery engagements covering resources, hardware and software.
  • 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

How we look after our employees

We couldn’t list everything that we do for our employees as the list is pretty exhaustive, but here are some of the highlights:

· True flexible working and hybrid working options available for staff

· Fantastic, accessible and collaborative office spaces for those days in the office

· 25 days holiday plus your birthday off (you also get the option to buy up to 10 extra days holiday per year your holiday allowance goes up with tenure)

· Free private healthcare for all employees, competitive pension scheme and the opportunity to earn bonus

· Free broadband for all employees plus gifts for major life events such as marriages and birth

· Flexible salary sacrifice scheme including dental, gym, electric car scheme and much more, plus a huge range of shopping and leisure discounts so you can save even more cash

· A range of inclusive employee networks to help integrate employees into life at PXC

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.


Procurement Category Manager - IT

Location: Salford Quays, M5 3TT

Contract Type: Full Time