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Senior Category Manager

Date: 04-Jan-2023

Location: Sydney (Macquarie Park HQ), Australia

Company: Singtel Group



So, why Optus?


At Optus, we don’t sit back and let the future happen to us - we’re out there making it. By expanding into new technology and relentlessly improving every day, we’re creating a better tomorrow for all Australians.


About the role ... 


You will have a strong background in sourcing and category management activities to help drive the procurement activities across Optus. Your role will initiate and coordinate the strategic sourcing of one or more commodities/spend categories. This will be achieved through the creation of category plans that proactively identify strategic sourcing opportunities through analysis of internal requirements washed against external supply opportunities.


You'll monitor global trends and continuously research and develop new supply markets and sources as well as managing relationships internally and with partners/suppliers. You will also be required to participate in vendor selection, conduct vendor negotiation, execute contracts, and work closely with the Contract & Vendor Manager to maintain a system of compliance monitoring, measurement, and enforcement.


Essential skills & qualifications


  • Tertiary qualification in Business or Procurement with a minimum of 5 years corporate procurement sourcing or category management experience in same or similar categories / commodities of expenditure;
  • Solid understanding of relationship management contracts negotiation and contract management, with a thorough understanding of costing and vendors commercial practices and accountabilities;
  • Understanding of business and industry in which the organisation operates, plus ability to communicate effectively with vendors, internal customers, management and peers;
  • Sets benchmarks of quality, cost and delivery effectiveness, and successfully manages clients/vendors relationship through managing expectations; &
  • Experience in delivery by utilising the most effective endorsed vendor management model including effective project management practices!


Please apply with your CV and cover letter via the online function today!


As a provider of essential services across Australia, Optus has a critical role in the community through keeping our customers connected to the people they love and the things that matter. It is also our priority to ensure we provide our amazing people and our customers with a healthy and safe workplace environment. In light of the significant risks posed by COVID-19, Optus expects all workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and will require vaccination for certain roles as well as access to Optus workplaces. Please speak to us if you have any questions about this policy or how it impacts you, including any concerns you might have about meeting this requirement.


Optus is a place where we let you do you. We're a highly collaborative workplace, and offer a range of perks such as:


  • A competitive salary;
  • Discounts on products and services;
  • Ongoing training, mentoring and development opportunities;
  • Up to five days of Volunteer Leave per year; &
  • Blended Ways of Working.


We understand that flexibility means different things to different people. We're proud to offer a variety of options to work in different ways, such as our Blended Ways of Working and job share. Our Blended Ways of Working lets our people work across home and our offices. Please talk to us about how we can make this role work for you.


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Please no recruitment agencies, we’ll be managing this role in-house. Any resumes submitted outside of our process will be deemed the sole property of Optus.


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.​