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JOB: Global Category Manager (raw materials) Location: Cracow or home office

  • 24.02.2021

Global Category Manager (raw materials) Location: Cracow or home office Ref.  PL21- R201 – S01

Our Client is a global leader in metal flow engineering.

Position goal:

Strategically develop and implement purchasing strategies covering Non-group managed Raw Materials, cooperate on daily basis with suppliers the best contracts in terms of quality, price, delivery, actively discuss with Operations/R&D department to follow the needs.

Reporting line:  Global Purchasing  Director

Subcategories examples: carbon black beaded, fluorspar, fly ash high carbon, fly ash low carbon, magnesite, milled coke, soda, wollastonite, phosphorus slag

Key Responsibilities:

In this newly set global role you will be mostly responsible for:

  • Development and execution, of global procurement strategy (20 countries)  in alignment with stakeholders as well as divisional  procurement strategies
  • Development of  a supplier rationalization plan for particular categories and identification of  strategic suppliers on quality, service, technology and price
  • Performing  root cause analysis towards re-occurring supply issues and taking the lead in initiating corrective actions towards structural operational issues
  • Monitoring market conditions for all cost drivers for your  category to adapt the respective purchasing strategy, anticipate repercussions for the business and generate performance or build and implement a mitigation plan
  • Development and maintenance of strategic relationships with key suppliers
  • Negotiating  all commercial terms with suppliers to drive material cost improvement to meet/ exceed functional objectives. Considering quality, service, technology, price and timing of needed products
  • Evaluation of  contracts and suppliers in order to facilitate final supplier base decisions with relevant stakeholders
  • Procurement KPI Performance Management (savings, supply base reduction, payment terms improvement) within your area of responsibility Creation and maintenance of accurate and timely reporting
  • Following up with internal communication with Operations Team in terms of quality, delivery, design changes
  • Ensuring compliance with global functional processes and procedures as well as local procedures and work instructions


  • BA or MA degree in Technical field be an advantage
  • 5+ years of global/ regional strategic procurement experience in managing category (raw materials, chemicals, minerals) within manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of the industrial  minerals market would be a strong advantage
  • Change introduction and management
  • Success track record in leading and driving the execution of the category management agenda
  • Well-rounded and experienced procurement professional with sound business acumen and project management skills
  • Data and people driven leader and decision maker
  • Ability to negotiate and contract, execute cost analysis 
  • Dedicated partner who strongly engages with both the business and the global procurement organization to enhance collaboration and obtaining the global procurement objective
  • Fluent written and verbal English is a must
  • Very good communication skills
  • Business ethics
  • Sufficiently assertive to get things done from colleagues higher up the hierarchy
  • High accuracy in performed work

Why to apply? : very interesting position in the global procurement organization (in transformation)

for an open minded, results oriented  and pro active procurement professional  with in depth business acumen and ability to drive and execute change with customer orientation in mind.

If you wish to  apply,  than send us your  CV in English to:

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