Job Description: Category Manager

Experience required: 5-10 years

Education level: Bachelor

Description: The Category Manager defines and implements the strategy locally for any sub-categories unique to a territory and that are not managed centrally or regionally on a local level and manages local key supplier relationships (SRM). He / she drives strategic sourcing initiatives where they are defined centrally by the GCM if required, or independently where they are locally owned. They enact the category end-to-end Procurement cycle as per company guidelines and manage supplier performance and contracts for all locally managed categories and sub-categories within their country whilst also ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction

Tasks & Responsibilities: A Category Manager is responsible for:

  • Developing category strategies and category strategic plans, including initiative plans, for locally managed categories, validating them with the Global & Regional Category Manager/s and the respective internal customer/s
  • Conducting strategic sourcing initiatives, including fact based negotiations (supplier and industry analysis. benchmarks, cost structure analysis) for all locally managed categories within the local country portfolio and ensuring process compliance and high levels of customer satisfaction
  • Defining supplier management strategy, aligning it with the Global Category Manager, and executing strategic supplier relationship management with key local suppliers
  • Defining P2P (Purchase-To-Pay) strategy for locally managed sub-categories, including buying channels, content strategy, necessary PR compliance checks, specific PR requirements and ensure compliance (through creation and distribution of category cards and internal audits when necessary); aligning P2P strategy with Global Category Manager to ensure cross-regional standardisation
  • Supporting global strategic sourcing initiatives or projects (including category strategy definition) as authorised by the Global Category Manager
  • Identifying supplier risk areas and quantifying risk exposure for regionally and locally managed sub-categories within Category Portfolio and executing risk mitigation actions

The Category Manager is accountable for the direct management and cost target achievement for locally managed sub-categories

Deliverables & Achievables: Delivering relevant KPI targets (e.g. savings targets through strategic sourcing) for locally managed categories as appropriate to local stakeholder needs

Required Skills:

  • Strong and effective decision-making capacity
  • Effective at interpreting complex and multiple sources of information to make decisions
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Improves processes to eliminate non-value adding activities
  • Highly effective collaboration skills
  • Effective at influencing others, inc. executive management
  • Good knowledge of the local category market place and procurement best practices

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