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Job Description

Category Manager (m/f)


For our global client, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, we are looking for a Category Manager Raw Materials. Your main responsibility will be to purchase a spectrum of Raw Materials for the company´s EMEA production sites.


Objectives in your job are:

·         Conducting a specified portfolio of Raw


·         Based on consumer needs, formulating the

          category strategies

·         Performing market analyses and opportunity-



For all suppliers in the category you will operate as account manager and contact partner concerning those raw materials for the regional businesses. Furthermore the Category Manager reports to the Global Procurement Director.



The role’s key accountabilities will primarily involve: 


·         Enhance the total operating costs &

          participate in projects to improve work


·         Follow market trends and differentiate

          developments of potential importance in regard

          to Raw Materials spend.

·         Category Management; Describe category and

          supply market, identify potential strategies,

          negotiate business & conduct contracts

·         Benchmark & analyse market dynamics

·         Improve the observance to policy, model and



Essentially for this role: 


•       Equal functional experience (Purchase/

        Procurement, Supply Chain Manager, Senior Buyer)

        & category experience 3-7 years

•       Relevant Master/ Bachelor degree; (commercial/

        business/ technical) 

•       Additional Procurement, purchasing certificates

•       Experience of category strategy development

•       Enthusiastic to achieve changes in an


•       Identifying leverage opportunities in the


•       Project management & people management skills

•       ERP/Microsoft Office skills

•       English language and an additional foreign

        language, both oral and written


  • Working for a global leading producer of specialty chemicals
  • International working environment
  • Market-conform salary
  • < 40 days holidays per year
  • 13th month bonus plus performance based compensation
  • Big career chances: next step opportunity

The position is located in the south-west of The Netherlands.