Category Leader (direct materials)

Category Leader (direct materials) | Big Fish Sp. z o.o.

Category Leader (direct materials)

Job location:

PL19- R102 – S01

Our Client is a  leading manufacturer of highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets.

The role

As a Category Leader  you will be responsible for securing the implementation of category/commodities strategy in the region and for executing the purchasing savings pipeline in categories and cross functional teams within all BU sites in Europe.

Categories you would be responsible for are: forging, castings, turned parts. You will work in close collaboration with  Regional Management, R&D project manager, Supply Chain Office, Quality Team to deliver annual value improvements, drive competitive advantage, leading regional  sourcing projects.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Global Purchasing Director  you will be mostly responsible for:

securing the implementation and deployment of the BU category strategy in the region executing and supporting  performance management with relevant suppliers (scorecards, development dialogues) executing supplier consolidation suggesting  suppliers for RFQ processes supporting  R&D Project Manager/Specialist on R&D projects supporting as project participant in procurement projects on all relevant category activities supporting  make & buy projects identifying and executing procurement KPI pipeline (P2P savings, supplier consolidation, quality & delivery performance) executing procurement projects executing contracts and annual negotiation executing RFI/RFQ and TCO processes within categories supporting and executing benchmarking studies and cost modeling participating in cross-functional projects to ensure “voice of category” in cost down projects executing price negotiations for projects and make price agreements with suppliers participating in VA/VE activities validating specification  with stakeholders supporting regional teams (supplier issues, escalations)

The Ideal Candidate Will Have

  • BA degree
  • minimum 5 years of procurement related experience from a manufacturing industry

Environment (direct materials)

  • strong negotiation skills
  • strong Experience in leading and participating in project teams in an internal complex


  • analytical personality with decision making abilities
  • continuous improvement experience
  • global team player and teamwork facilitator with good communication skills at all levels
  • ability to organize, prioritize and work well under time constrains and deadlines
  • a personal drive and result oriented
  • proactive approach
  • fluent English - spoken and written, fluent Polish

Why to apply? : very interesting position for an open minded, results oriented procurement professional ,who likes to work with minimal supervision and is interested in continuing his/ hers career in the regional procurement. The work environment is demanding, as the regional procurement department is being created. Our client values candidates who are pro active, self – reliant, eager to learn and share their knowledge and ideas with others.

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