Procurement Category Manager

Established over 40 years ago, U-Drive is a family run company. With 7 branches across the south and Northwest of England with a fleet of over 3,000 vehicles, U-Drive is considered the largest wholly independent vehicle rental company in the Southwest.

We are currently looking to recruit a positive and friendly individual with a ‘can do’ attitude. Reporting into the Fleet Maintenance Manager, you will be responsible for providing a sustainable, cost-effective procurement and supply chain service to U-Drive's clients. Working with internal customers to obtain products and services from the supply chain, in line with company policy delivering value for money, quality and reliability.

About the Role

  • Proactively negotiate, manage and build appropriate relationships with key approved suppliers. Identify, select and develop new suppliers to meet future business needs.
  • Propose, implement and manage proactive cost reduction and supplier improvement programmes across all teams.
  • Provide support to the operational teams with the implementation of new contracts and suppliers.
  • Participate in project teams
  • Support and influence the transition and implementation from non-preferred to preferred suppliers where possible.
  • Work with the finance team to provide preferred supplier catalogues for internal customers to drive use of preferred suppliers and implementation of new contracts.
  • Assist in the development and management of suppliers to support business needs.
  • Minimise contractual risk by use of appropriate service level agreements, contract terms and conditions.

Core Competencies

  • Experience of supply chain management is essential.
  • Excellent communication skills, clear simple and unambiguous and well-structured both in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to deal effectively with change and ambiguity.
  • Excellent attention to detail. 
  • Positive, providing and instilling a 'Can Do' attitude.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Ability to manage stakeholder relationships.
  • Problem solving skills.

What We Can Offer You

  • 30 Days (Including Bank Holidays) Annual Leave in your first year, accruing an additional day after 24 months service until your 5th year where you will have 33 Days Annual Leave.  
  • Discounts at 3000+ stores  
  • Free Eye Tests
  • On-Site Parking  
  • Competitive Pension  
  • Employee Discount across U-Drive branches  
  • Employee Wellbeing Program    

You will be working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.


  • Poole, UK 

Head Office


Procurement Category Manager

£32,000.00 - £37,000.00