About the role
The Category Manager is responsible for developing and executing sourcing strategies for packaging categories across our 45 sites in Europe.
The role will lead various transformational & sustainability projects as part of large companywide initiative. The successful candidate will be tasked with managing critical spend areas and internal stakeholders in a highly innovative business.
Please note the successful candidate must be able to travel up to 60% of the time .
Develop and implement regional sourcing strategies for key packaging categories in Europe
Build cross functional relationships to ensure smooth execution of category sourcing projects
Interpret future market trends and guide the future direction of key categories
Analyse raw material and supplier dynamics to deliver real savings across the region
Delivers other key objectives including quality, innovation & sustainability
Provide regular market analysis & risk management updates to internal stakeholders
Supports and / or leads negotiations to ensure business requirements & procurement objectives are met and supply relationships are maintained.
Monitors procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements
Capture real savings in the region
Track performance within each spend category and define budgetary impact
Manages vendor selection and performance ensuring timely delivery of high-quality products while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct
Qualifications and skills
Bachelor’s degree is required. Degree in Packaging Engineering or related field is preferred
Successful, multi-year (10 years+) track record of delivery in Packaging Procurement including experience in flexible, corrugated, bottles and folding cartons
Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a drive to take on new responsibilities and embrace change in a fast-paced environment
Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills