Posted Date:  21 Nov 2023
Posting End Date:  4-Dec-2023
Location:  Coventry
Company:  Severn Trent Water
Department:  Procurement
Salary (£):  £40,000-£48,000

Category Buyer


We contribute to 8 million customers receiving clean water every day, ensuring that their wastewater is taken away and treated safely as well as supporting projects that will protect our water infrastructure for future generations. Sustainability is at the forefront of our approach and we are working with supply chain to help us minimise our environmental impact, meet ambitious carbon reduction targets and secure better social outcomes for the communities we serve and the people who work in our supply chain.




We have an exciting new opportunity as a Category Manager in the Energy & Renewable team working from our Coventry office, this role will be responsible for the strategic management and ownership of several purchasing categories through a structured category management approach.


The aim of the role is to deliver a sustainable supply chain to ensure Severn Trent’s external expenditure is effectively managed to deliver the lowest cost and highest standards.


The portfolio will contain contracts which are: high volume, medium value, medium risk and medium to high criticality.  The Category Manager will manage a portfolio with an annual spend of between £2m and £5m.  


Some of your other key accountabilities in this role will be:


  • Responsible for the strategic management of a number of purchasing categories with the aim of driving total of ownership improvements including supplier performance and supplier development with a view to making a significant contribution to Severn Trent’s Business Plan.
  • The principal accountabilities within these nominated categories are:
  • Profiling / researching supply markets and suppliers and assessing trends, opportunities and risks. Over time the post holder will be expected to develop an expert knowledge of the assigned category areas.
  • Developing and implementing category strategies which fulfil business requirements (costs and performance) and which recommend strategic sourcing options, tactics, implementation plans, commercial supply risks, whilst ensuring compliance with all legislative requirements.
  • In partnership with the stakeholders proactively lead all necessary tendering and supplier selection processes, ensuring that the STW tendering process is followed at all times.  Responsible for supplier selection, managing the tender process and implementing the contacts including the development of SLAs and KPIs.  Ensure that the requirements of SAP are incorporated into the negotiations for any new contracts (e.g. catalogues, Work Force Management, Asset Management).  In this way the Category Manager will develop and apply selection criteria and evaluation methodology which match the right suppliers with Severn Trent’s requirements.
  • Monitor usage of contracts implemented and put in place actions to maximize contract compliance e.g. effective communication with stakeholders and use of SAP catalogues, contracts and vendor lists.




 We’re looking for someone with a commercial background, who has a good understanding of Category Management / Procurement processes. Professional qualifications like CIPS are not required but may be beneficial.


The right skills and experience are important. But if you have the right character, positivity and a caring attitude we want to talk to you, too.


We welcome people from all walks of life and celebrate individuality as we know diverse minds, experiences and backgrounds help us to learn and better serve our communities. We want people who show up and get involve. Those who are ready to be part of something bigger and who want to make a difference because they care. Is that you?




Working here isn’t just a job. You can build a career at Severn Trent. We’ll reward you for it, too. We have a range of benefits that recognise great work, and award-winning training to help you reach your potential. And we’ll also help you play your part in looking after the environment and the communities where we live.


With that in mind, here are just some of our favourite's perks that you’ll get being part of the Seven Trent family:


  • 28 days holiday + bank holidays (and the ability to buy/ sell up to 5 days per year) 
  • Annual bonus scheme (of up to £2,250 per annum based on company performance) 
  • Leading pension scheme – we will double your contribution (up to 15% when you contribute 7.5%) 
  • Sharesave – the chance to buy Severn Trent Plc shares at a discounted rate 
  • Dedicated training and development with our ‘Academy’ 
  • Electric vehicle scheme and retail offers 
  • Family friendly policies 
  • Two volunteering days per year 




We can’t wait to hear from you.


Before you apply, you’ll need an updated copy of your CV and about five minutes to spare. If you’re not too sure about what you need to do, or have a question about the role before applying, please do reach out to our amazing team of recruiters at


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