Category Manager (Facility Management, Property & Infrastructure)
4 months ago
London, United Kingdom

Eurostar is an international high-speed rail service connecting the United Kingdom with France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In March 2022, the European Commission provided clearance for the project to combine Eurostar and the Belgium high-speed rail operator Thalys. The combination will be realised by establishing a common holding company for both businesses.

Together as the Eurostar Family, Eurostar and Thalys aim to grow an environmentally friendly high speed rail travel company connecting major cities across Northern Europe. The combined Group’s ambition is to achieve the highest operational and environmental standards, leveraging mutual resources (fleets, as well as information and distribution systems) and offering customers an attractive and more environmentally friendly alternative to road and air transport.

At Eurostar we’re busy making Europe’s most loved travel experience better than ever. Join us and you’ll be part of a dynamic, connected, cosmopolitan team that feels at home in four countries and shares the same goal – to create an experience for our passengers that’s always truly exceptional. Do you want to be part of this journey?

An opportunity has arisen to join Eurostar as a Category Manager (Facility Management, Property & Infrastructure).

The central Procurement team leads the optimisation of Eurostar’s spend for their European operations. The team leverages market and category management expertise to manage the acquisition of goods and services, with the aim of achieving optimal total cost of ownership together with the management of key supplier relationships. To accomplish this goal the team supports end-to-end procurement processes with suppliers and key business stakeholders based in the UK, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The focus of the Category Manager’s role will be to plan, socialise and lead category initiatives for the following defined group of categories:

  • UK Property Capex Projects
  • UK Maintenance Depot Infrastructure Projects
  • UK Property and Facilities hard and soft FM Projects
  • Eurostar’s large Capital Expenditure Projects
  • UK Station Access Charges

The Category Manager’s tasks will consist of evaluating specifications, making sure they’re fit for purpose, reviewing demand management, processes, gathering market intelligence for innovation, leading sourcing projects, challenging existing contracts and ensuring value for money is being achieved.

The role will include multi million-pound capex projects, as well as supporting internal & external customers in managing supplier performance and compliance.

The position is based in our UK Head Office (King’s Cross) or UK train maintenance depot (Leyton) coupled with flexible working.

Internal use only

Grade E - based in KP or TMI


We are looking for someone to...

  • Identify opportunities to deliver value within the facility management, property and infrastructure category through sourcing, specification rationalisation, demand management
  • Develop a strategic category plan, which has a clear savings opportunity scope
  • Establish project charter, timelines, and milestones, and ensure the project team delivers against these objectives
  • Lead tender processes
  • Lead contract negotiations and develop negotiation plans
  • Develop and manage relationships with stakeholders across the business
  • Support the internal customers in managing and monitoring the contractual performance of strategic suppliers
  • Act as point of contact for category expertise across Eurostar
  • Champion and increase awareness of Procurement best practices and facilitate change throughout the business.

You'll need ...

  • Proven experience of sourcing, negotiation, and supplier management in a similar category
  • Proven ability in delivering savings through driving strategic category planning
  • Capable of building a strong rapport with stakeholders and suppliers at all levels
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Influencing skills for a dispersed stakeholder base
  • Strong problem solving and analytical expertise
  • Project management skills


  • CIPS qualified
  • Rail experience
  • Business French or Dutch language
  • Knowledge of station access charges


  • Travel benefits for work and play
  • A great pension
  • Exclusive discounts and perks

You will need to provide evidence of your Right to Work in the UK as we do not provide sponsorship.

If you feel like your skills and experience are relevant for the role, please don't hesitate to apply!

Eurostar is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

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About the company
Eurostar is an international high-speed rail service connecting the United Kingdom with France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In March 2022, the European Commission provided clearance for the project to combine Eurostar and the Belgium high-speed rail operator Thalys.
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