"RM have been incredibly supportive and have funded my CIPS qualifications, as well as allowing study leave and study time."
I was approached by my current manager regarding the position at RM. The conversation was really inspiring and made RM seem like an interesting place to work. I particularly liked the fact that the role was new and the result of growth. One of the biggest attractions was that it seemed I could make a personal difference at RM and not would not just be a small cog in a big machine.
Shortly after, I began my new role as a Category Manager, working within Group procurement. My role covers all 3 divisions for RM and I am also the procurement representative for RM Results.
I have overall responsibility for Human Resources and Facilities categories. I work with 15 high profile suppliers and 30 other suppliers with an overall spend of approximately £10m.
RM have been incredibly supportive and have funded my CIPS qualifications, as well as allowing study leave and study time. This has given me the opportunity to continually grow within my role, whilst being able to learn at my own pace.
My role is varied and my schedule is dictated by contract renewals, and other priorities within divisions. It involves meeting and reviewing current suppliers, finding new suppliers and dealing with a broad range of stakeholders across RM.
One of the pieces of work I’ve really enjoyed was being responsible for setting up a Supplier Day which gave RM and suppliers the opportunity to work better in partnership and learn more about each other. I also enjoyed the challenge of my first tender with RM where a key stakeholder had said they really wanted to work with a particular supplier as they were number one in their field. I managed to secure the supplier for a cost that everyone was happy with!
In my time at RM I have been given the opportunity to volunteer at schools, giving an assembly talk to year 10’s on career journeys and mock interviews for college students which I found very rewarding.
The things I love about RM is being able to voice my own ideas and see them put into action. Also, the people at RM are approachable and very willing to help, making me feel like I’m truly part of a team.
I’m really proud to work for a company that provides a great service to schools, carries out lots of charity work, has given me the opportunity to volunteer with schools and really makes a real difference to the education of children.