Procurement - Category Manager - Professional Services (APAC)

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    Corporate & Administration

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    Application at Consult Group

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    over 2 years ago

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Our client is the world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health. They are present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serve more than 3.6 million customers and patients. Their operations in Singapore date back more than 100 years. With an abundance of expertise, they support their customers in diverse industries through a unique blend of products, equipment and services.


Our client is looking for an experienced CATEGORY MANAGER – PROFESSIONAL SERVICES to join their changing and transforming APAC procurement team. They seek open-minded candidates with strong leadership and influential communication. The Category Manager – Professional Services is acting as the regional expenditure owner of Professional Services Category, and, he/she will:

  • Drive category management to ensure the organization matches market benchmark in terms of best practices and technologies, in the spirit of continuous improvement.
  • Be responsible for coordinating all external procurement activities for the category across APAC, including the development and implementation of category strategies (short, mid and long term) and plans to support designated APAC-wide strategic objectives.
  • Support to promote internal collaboration, knowledge sharing, compliance with best practices and established category management processes.

Our client is driving its procurement transformation to improve corporate value to contribute to worldwide industries and human society more and more. Procurement is considered as a key enabler of Corporate Transformation by Best in Class business partnering, sourcing processes optimization, cost reduction and delivering innovation. To enable it, Procurement is also in the process of its transformation to be the Strategic Business Partner. This position is a member of APAC Indirect Category Management Team who is expected to have strong Strategic Business Transformation skill, Project Planning and Project Management skill sets.


Manage the Professional Services (Consulting, Support Services, Temporary Labour Supply/Outsourcing) category across APAC Hub

  • Market analysis and global benchmarking
  • Internal and external status and data analysis
  • End to end cost and business process analysis
  • Development of business case
  • Internal and external stakeholder engagement
  • Demand management and specification optimization
  • Project design and project management
  • Supplier negotiation and contracting
  • Supplier relationship management


  • 5+ years working experience of successful category management and procurement within a global environment
  • Proven experiences of Project Management and Change Management, Experiences in consulting firm is a plus
  • Experiences in successfully leading and conducting the negotiation of contracts across technical, commercial and legal areas
  • Proven experience in building and nurturing positive internal relationships with senior management, key users and business Stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of consistent performance and delivery.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to champion the vision of the organization.
  • Get prepared for internal resistances as we are in a changing and transforming APAC procurement team
  • Mobility in terms of frequent travel – coverage of all APAC countries (12 countries).
  • Embracement of changes, open minded with strong leadership, influential communication
  • BA or equivalent advanced education


There are not any direct reports to this role. The role reports into Head of Indirect Category Management in APAC with 2 peer-Hub Category Managers


  • Consulting Firms : who provides with Business Strategies and Specialized Functional Advisory
  • Support Services : Project Management, Extended Functional Support
  • Outsourcing Services : Business Process Outsourcing, Despatched Temporary Workers
  • Develop and execute Asia Pacific Regional Strategies in collaboration with Group Category Team and in-Country Procurement and management teams
  • Deliver monetary value (cost reduction and cost avoidance)
  • Maximizing and leveraging suppliers capability to contribute to business performance