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Category Manager

Date: 25-Feb-2023

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Company: Singtel Group

At Singtel, we believe in the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences of our people help us innovate and create strong connections with our customers. We strive to ensure all our people practices are non-discriminatory and provide a fair, performance-based work culture that is diverse, inclusive and collaborative. 

Join us and experience what it’s like to be with an Employer of Choice*. Together, let’s create a brighter digital future for all. *Awarded at the HR Fest Awards 2020.



We are looking for a Senior Category Manager who will be responsible for developing and executing sourcing strategies within the indirect category (e.g. Property Management, Travel, Marketing, etc.) to drive cost savings and sourcing efficiencies while balancing this against the needs of the business stakeholders.

Experience in categories of HR Services and Professional Services will be considered.


The desired candidate is required to keep abreast of supply market/ economic changes and proficient in application of appropriate sourcing levers to the respective categories and become familiar with and fully exploit the procurement toolset provide to manage procurement activities and collaboration with the business.

The candidate should also be able to hone his/her people skills to achieve balance between internal customer experience and compliance to policy and be comfortable with interacting with and conducting presentations to senior management.


The candidate should be willing to share his/her experience through mentoring and guiding junior managers within the team.

In addition, he/she will also manage projects related key initiatives, but not limited, to Sustainability and Procurement Transformation.


What will your typical day look like?



Strategic Sourcing

  • Pro-actively engage business stakeholders and Finance teams to identify sourcing and saving opportunities to leverage spend across the Singtel Group.
  • Develop category strategies through spend analysis and partner with key business stakeholders to drive strategic sourcing.
  • Drive key sourcing events, map negotiation strategies, lead negotiations and drive cost savings.
  • Provide market knowledge, intelligence and expertise to business stakeholders.


Supplier Management

  • Foster partnership with key suppliers to identify and implement cost improvement initiatives in alignment with category strategies.
  • Manage strategic supplier relationships and performance through regular supplier meetings, business reviews and suppliers’ performance evaluations for continuous improvement to deliver new value-add
  • Governance, Process improvement and Procurement Operations
  • Guide business users on procurement policies and practices
  • Review current category procurement processes and policies to identify key pain points and bottlenecks and recommend changes
  • Continually strive for best value and quality enhancement through data analytics, cost examination and process review


Category Management

  • Assist in the initiation of innovative category management and sourcing strategies, develop cross-divisional procurement processes, and implement optimum sourcing strategies with qualified suppliers to lay the foundation for procurement success and to achieve a maximum contribution to the operating result.
  • Require having strong analytics capability within sourcing function in order to enable detailed analysis of key categories and support recommended spend and buy better strategies
  • Manage reporting of category performance, including flagging out of issues and challenges and propose resolutions.
  • Manage assigned strategic initiatives and support high impact projects related to Sustainability and Procurement Transformation; some examples include but not limited to:
  • Evolutionary development of Responsible Procurement Policy
  • Mastery in Agile ways of working


Is this you?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, or related field
  • Min 8 years of working experience within procurement
  • Proven experience in creating and implementing procurement strategies, with a track record of successfully delivering financial savings
  • Proficient in using e-sourcing tools such as Ariba and systems such as SAP
  • Good knowledge of procurement best practices
  • Possess a strategic focus with the ability to analyse, formulate and implement procurement strategies to significantly reduce costs
  • Strong influencing, collaboration, sourcing project management and negotiation skills.
  • Effective communicator with excellent stakeholder management skills


We are committed to a safe and healthy environment for our employees & customers and will require all prospective employees to be fully vaccinated.