Spotlight on a ... Global Category Manager

Each day is different. Each hour, in fact. It’s my job to set and implement our global sourcing strategy. This involves looking after long-term relationships with suppliers around the world, making sure we get maximum value.

A typical week could include speaking to colleagues and suppliers via video links or face-to-face. I may also spend some time researching new technologies, analysing data and negotiating with suppliers to make sure we get the best price and level of service. The highs are always the final stages of negotiation just before a contract is signed - the adrenalin is really pumping then. The lows? When a supplier is slow to produce data and I have to chase them for answers.

Every project is exciting in its own way. You get to meet so many people and you’re always learning new ways to overcome challenges. There’s never a bad project, only a bad plan. The people I work with really want to make things happen - no day goes by without a smile or a friendly word.