Posted Date:  15 Sep 2023
Posting End Date:  3-Oct-2023
Location:  Coventry
Company:  Severn Trent Water Limited
Department:  Procurement
Salary (£):  £52,000-£58,000

Senior Category Manager


Within our Procurement team here in Coventry, we’re recruiting a Senior Category Manager to strategically own and manage the Information Technology category.


As our new Senior Category Manager, you’ll manage the full end to end delivery of the category to include strategic sourcing and running regulated tender processes. You’ll work to deliver a sustainable supply chain that ensures our external expenditure is effectively managed, delivering the lowest costs and highest standards.


In this 12 month contract position you’ll be working with senior stakeholders across the business, so communication skills are key in this role and as a senior member of the team, you’ll be on hand to guide and support our Buyers and Category Managers as they look to progress in their careers.


Technology at Severn Trent is a fast paced and dynamic environment and has a massive impact on overall business performance and delivery. We’ve made some bold decisions in our IT strategies, moving to a cloud first and agile delivery methodology, and this role will be at the heart of driving future bold strategies from a Commercial perspective.

Sound like you? Then read on.




 Your key accountabilities in helping us will be:

  • Profile and research supply markets and suppliers to assess trends, opportunities and risks
  • Develop and implement category strategies which fulfil business requirements against costs and performance and recommend strategic sourcing options and implementation plans that ensure compliance with legislative requirements
  • Proactively lead tendering and supplier selection processes
  • Monitor the usage of contracts implemented and put in place actions to maximise contract compliance
  • Lead negotiations with sophisticated suppliers through proven negotiation tactics
  • Ensure the timely delivery of Procurement projects which achieve targeted savings and drive a high value outcome for Severn Trent Water




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.  


You’ll join our team with a strong commercial background, gained ideally within a regulated environment, Utilities sector or large, complex organisation.

From a technical standpoint, you’ll have experience and knowledge of modern purchasing processes (e.g. managing tenders & contracts), alongside a good understanding of end-to-end category management, with a proven ability to develop and articulate category strategies.


Additionally, it would be advantageous if you hold an appropriate professional qualification (e.g. CIPS).  

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 £2,225, which is subject to eligibility) 
  • 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  
  • 10% monthly discount with Busy Bee Nurserys, and one-week free childcare   
  • Dedicated training and development with our Academy   
  • Electric vehicle scheme and retail offers   
  • Family friendly policies   
  • Two paid 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 


And if your curiosity has peaked and you're wanting to find out even more, search #LifeAtSevernTrent on social media. 


Ps. we’ll always let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date - so keep an eye on your phone and emails!