Category Manager, Procurement - Boots UK

Job reference: 148806BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: Buying and Merchandising
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
About Boots:

Boots is the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. With over 2500 stores in the UK our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible. Boots UK is part of the International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc, and the first global pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise.

Overview of the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the most respected, ambitious and dynamic teams in the industry leading the thinking on Procurement strategy and making a difference to the organisation and our customers.

Reporting to the Cross-Divisional Category Director Professional Services Procurement and being part of a high performing team of c.10 Professional Services Procurement professionals located in Nottingham and Chicago you will be accountable for providing commercial leadership on your assigned category spend with particular focus on delivering value from our existing strategic partner relationships, developing future partnerships and challenging the status quo.

In this role you will take a leading role in the delivery of projects, initiatives and contract management. You will be supported to develop your Procurement career and encouraged to grow and deliver to your full potential.

You will be expected to develop, implement and execute macro level Category and Contract Management strategies.

You will provide commercial leadership to stakeholders up to and including senior Group Executives; interfacing, challenging, developing and nurturing an effective and balanced relationship. You will interface with a range of stakeholders across the Group; drawing on your own and the collective Procurement capability in fully leveraging these relationships.

You will be part of, and expected to play a role in the continuous development of, the Walgreens Boots Alliance Procurement Team to maintain our reputation as a leading Procurement function.

Your Responsibilities:

The overriding responsibility is to deliver the best possible value to Walgreens Boots Alliance from 3rd party relationships within the category by:

• Leading the development, implementation and ongoing management of procurement category strategies for Professional Services at a local, regional or group-wide level;

• Working with stakeholders (functional, procurement and supplier), to develop strategy and tactics for procurement category and initiatives, providing thought leadership; identifying, creating and implementing initiatives to maximize value and ensure ongoing management of supplier contracts and relationships, and;

• Project managing work-streams and initiatives within the category to ensure timely delivery of objectives, ensuring all necessary processes, including formal stakeholder approvals are completed.

More details of the role responsibilities can be found in the Job Profile.

Our Ideal Candidate

The role faces into a complex organisation with multiple brands and business divisions and our ideal candidate will be used to operating collaboratively within a similarly complex environment.

You will have in-depth Professional Services Procurement knowledge with demonstrable experience of delivering value at pace whilst working on a wide range of categories and projects.

You will have the industry knowledge and category insights to provide knowledge-based challenge to your stakeholders.

You will be commercially astute and adept at applying a variety of commercial approaches to core Professional Services.

You will be used to working in a style that is dynamic & flexible, achieve results at pace and will embrace challenges and change.


We have a great range of benefits that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you:

• Boots Pension Scheme
• 25 days holiday + bank holidays
• Discretionary annual bonus scheme
• Generous staff discount (Boots, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearing Care)
• £100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
• Access to corporate discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays etc (UK only)
• Discretionary annual bonus scheme
• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
• Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes, holiday buying and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
• Onsite staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, dry cleaning service and excellent travel links
*All rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility.

Why Boots

Our mission is to help everyone to feel good. This starts internally – with every colleague and every team. In our stores and pharmacies, our warehouses and our Support Office, we work together, putting our customers first and our colleagues at the heart of everything we do. We aim to attract, develop and retain the best people, with a huge range of opportunities for you to continue to grow with us… just bring your passion and commitment and we’ll do the rest.

Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do in our business. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, passionate about embracing the diversity of our colleagues and providing a positive and inclusive working environment for all.

We offer a variety of flexible working patterns to support our colleagues to achieve a good work life balance, just speak to our Recruitment team to find out more.

What’s next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.