Strategy Category Manager Raw Material, Fabrication + Machined Parts

Job Title: Strategy Category Manager Raw Material, Fabrication+Machined Parts

Location: Flexible EMEA: Darmstadt, Prague, Poynton

Position this role reports to: Head of Procurement

Number of Reports:

Total Team: 0

Direct Reports: 0

Position Purpose:

  • Manages and directs procurement & supply chain activities within a specific category group across the whole of Schenck Process Group EMEA; provides strategic focus and team leadership to cross functional team activity; collaborates with other Business Managers and Category Managers to achieve maximum value from the supply chain; develops value adding projects, supply chain plans and strategic sourcing plans for their allocated categories and drives their execution consistent with SP’s overall business strategies, sourcing goals, and vision and values. Works in partnership with the R&D & other Engineering Managers to drive lower cost sourcing through improved NPI interaction. Coordinates and facilitates supplier performance improvement for the key suppliers in their category including leading quarterly reviews.

Key Activities:

  • Supports Head of Procurement in achieving business goals through best practice sourcing and supply chain processes and methodologies
  • Plans category sourcing activities
  • Drives continuous improvement of sourcing as it relates to their categories in the business as a whole
  • Coordinates with other Business Managers to implement strategies consistently
  • Works with all functions within the business to ensure suppliers provide maximum value, utilising a cross-functional team approach to category and supplier management
  • Financial projections – develop, update report as required

Accountable for and supports category management with expert advice on:

  • Supplier selection for categories assigned
  • Development and governance of cross functional team meetings and communication
  • Implementation of procurement processes within the businesses
  • Supplier quality, development, relationships and performance as appropriate
  • Materials and/or services spend and planning within the business
  • Cost improvement and special projects within the business related to the appropriate categories
  • Contracting, contract management, and risk assessment / mitigation
  • Managing relationships with key suppliers to deliver performance improvement and value enhancement


  • Engineering degree and minimum 8 years job experience

Experience, Skills and Knowledge:

  • Complete understanding of procurement policies and procedures
  • Good project management and negotiation skills
  • Solid understanding of commercial aspects of direct, or indirect or MRO categories as needed
  • Ability to work effectively and productively in a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence diverse group of people to achieve mutually beneficial solutions
  • Resolve conflicts tactfully and effectively
  • Adept communicator (verbal, written)
  • Knowledge of  business environment and requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to work and build supplier relationships
  • Results oriented
  • Proactive and dynamic, drive sense of urgency
  • Willingness to challenge status quo
  • Strategic orientation
  • External/market orientation

Travel Activity:

  • Up to 65% travel within EMEA


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