Global Category Specialist (GCS) at Save the Children 31 views0 applications


Since 1932, Save the Children has been a leading charity for underprivileged girls and boys in America and around the world.

You’ll be responsible for supporting the definition of category strategies and their implementation. You will also drive and support the execution of sourcing projects and be a key point of interaction between the Global Category Manager and the analytical capability.

Depending on the category structure and shape, you will be fully responsible for driving value in certain sub-categories.

The categories are:

  • Indirects: Professional Services (e.g. Legal, Consulting, Insurance), Business Services (e.g. Recruitment & Temp. Labour, Training, Travel, Facilities Management) and IT (e.g. IT Hardware, Services, Telecoms)
  • Directs: Medical (e.g. Pharma, Medical Consumables and Equipment), Logistics (e.g. Warehousing, Fleet, Freight), Nutrition/Food, Shelters and Education Supplies

In order to be successful you will bring:

  • Significant experience in hands-on category management within a global organisation
  • A track record of ensuring value for money
  • Proven experience in setting up complex commercial contracts
  • A proven ability to review procurement demands and trends and develop strategies to fill any gaps,
  • Proven management, coaching and capacity building skills
  • Highly developed influencing and negotiation skills
  • Ability to engage in high level discussions with the business and challenge ideas where appropriate

On a personal level you’ll have strong interpersonal and communication skills, cultural awareness and the ability to maintain confidence.

The role has a competitive package in the context of the sector.

The organisation

We employ approximately 17,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 60 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise children’s rights and ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards 3 breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

More Information

  • Job City Nairobi
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Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.

It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.

In addition to the UK organisation, there are 29 other national Save the Children organisations who are members of Save the Children International, a global network of nonprofit organisations supporting local partners in over 120 countries around the world.

In 2015, we reached over 62 million children directly through our and our partners' work.

Save the Children has led global action on children’s rights for more than 90 years.

1919 Eglantyne Jebb established the Save the Children Fund to feed children facing starvation after the First World War

1924 the League of Nations adopted Eglantyne’s charter on children’s rights

1939–1945 During the Second World War, we worked to safeguard children directly affected by the war. We continue to do this in conflict-affected regions

1977 A number of Save the Children organisations formed an alliance to coordinate campaigning work to improve outcomes for the world’s children, sowing the seeds for Save the Children as a single global movement for children

1989 The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

194 countries have signed up to this legally binding convention

2004–2009 Save the Children’s largest humanitarian operation, in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Our tsunami response programme received funding of US$272 million, largely through generous donations

2009 Save the Children launched EVERY ONE, our largest ever global campaign, to prevent millions of mothers and young children from dying

2012 Our work once again touched the lives of over 125 million children worldwide and directly reached 45 million children.

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