Vacancy Details

1276 - Category Manager

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 30-Apr-2018
About the Role

Responsible for GEMS MENASA corporate category sourcing and strategy. Delivering savings across the corporate functions in Group corporate offices.
Delivering end to end solutions for procurement of managed categories, but is not responsible for management of contracts or vendor relationships.


Ensures best price is negotiated and obtained for major projects, specifically prepares requests for proposal, negotiates, selects and identifies most appropriate suppliers (Price, quality, conditions….) in collaboration with requesting department. Works with legal to finalise contracts.
Category strategy
Define GEMS MENASA category strategy, setting performance objectives and monitoring progress.
Also actively engaging with and securing support from key local stakeholders (Finance, HR etc.)
Market Intelligence
Ensures market intelligence is updated regularly and ensures that any changes are updated in the category strategy and appropriate steps are taken to mitigate any potential impact that this information may have to the organisation.
Ensure that GEMS MENASA category management is aligned with GEMS MENASA corporate strategies in co-operation with business planning and strategy and delivers results to the bottom line.


MBA degree, MCIPS.

Expected Experience:
5+ years’ experience in a similar or larger organisation.

Job-Specific Knowledge & Skills:
English with Arabic desirable.
Comfortable working with and supporting high level stakeholders.
Ability to convey the value add message of Procurement.
Can operate in a matrix driven structure, able to support cross functional projects
Ability to get involved as needed to offer support in GEMS MENASA business operations.
First class communicator (verbal and written) and strong negotiator, who can effectively manage relationships that are widely dispersed.

About Your Benefits

We offer an excellent remuneration package including a competitive tax free salary, visa, tuition fee concession, medical insurance, annual airfare allowance,  30 days annual leave and end of service gratuity

About GEMS

Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation.

About Application Process
If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application.
1. Resume/CV
Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.