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Senior Category Lead

  • Location: Aberdeen, AB11 5QP
  • Salary: Negotiable per day
  • Job Type:Contractor

Posted about 1 month ago

  • Sector: Oil and gas - onshore
  • Contact: Adele Blaikie
  • Contact Email:
  • Duration: 6 Months
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Expiry Date: 06 April 2021
  • Job Ref: 2021-41911_1615473360

Our client one of the largest UK independent oil producers in the UK North Sea are currently looking for a Senior Category Lead for a provisional 6-Month contract.

The individual will be required to manage the evaluation and integration of complex customer requirements often demanding innovative solutions supporting our 24/7 operations.

This position involves managing interfaces with suppliers/partners to ensure that all objectives are achieved, including the relevant audit requirements, but more particularly, providing a value-driven service to in-house customers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Deliver integrated Supply Chain support in an Exploration and Production (E&P) environment - across categories that relate to Engineering, Integrity and Production Operations.
  • Demonstrate strong stakeholder focus with advanced experience in Pre and Post contract management.
  • Implement and maintain a safe production environment, abiding by and reinforcing Company's HSE&A policy.
  • Implement effective Category Management for select areas of spend and undertake effective Contractor Performance Management Programs to position both the company and contractor for success.
  • Champion change associated with the consolidation and preferred management approach towards existing contracts.
  • Provide excellent service to all users balancing value, expediency and efficiency.
  • Undertake contract negotiation and management to ensure that commercial standards are being adhered to and risk exposure is mitigated accordingly.
  • Participate in the delivery of an effective supplier performance management program.
  • Undertake market analysis and trends.
  • Lean process management and re-engineering as required to maximise efficiency in the Contracts function and lead continuous operational/contractor improvement.
  • Effective evaluation and management of supplier risks through systematic audit procedures.
  • Active participation in supply chain initiatives.


  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Ability to articulate issues in a clear and concise manner
  • High level of influencing skills
  • Produces work of accurate and presentable quality in the appropriate formats
  • Able to demonstrate personal effectiveness in previous roles
  • Works in a collaborative manner
  • Strategic and analytical thinking
  • Risk evaluation and management within a supply management context
  • Customer focussed orientation with the ability to fully understand and respond to customer requirements.
  • Modelling of costs and evaluation of SCM solutions in an Exploration and Production environment
  • The ability to make effective value-driven decisions within a short timeframe


  • Can demonstrate sound experience in negotiation and drafting of UKCS supply chain agreements including working knowledge of commercial and contractual terms and conditions.
  • Can demonstrate in depth experience of sourcing activities for large multimillion-dollar contracts.
  • An understanding of E&P activity, particularly in relation to the UKCS where practical experience must be demonstrated.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the key strategic drivers relevant to upstream operations and the risks that require to be understood and mitigated against.


  • Working knowledge of Oil & Gas Supply Chain in the relevant areas of business
  • Experience with effective Contractor Performance Management Programs
  • Well versed in Contract structures, templates, formats with special emphasis on LOGIC
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of contracting within an ERP application
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Customer services and Interpersonal skills
  • Meeting facilitation/ Multi-media Presentation skills
  • Advanced negotiation skills