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Category Manager Ref. No: 8082

Our Client is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals; serves a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets, including: transportation, home life, construction, energy and fuels, and clothing and footwear.

Region: Kraków, małopolskie


  • Master degree (Commercial, Engineering, Scientific) or equivalent through experience
  • Several years of experience in a commercial environment, with procurement a plus
  • Experience in a competitive international context, with the ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent organizational skills and a strong analytical mindset
  • Confident in dealing with ambiguity and a diverse material portfolio
  • A positive and solution orientated approach to delivering business value
  • Building strong relationships with regional and global vendors
  • Excellent team player
  • Strong interest and / or skills in data insights and analytics
  • Good IT skills, with specific confidence in Microsoft Office, with Power BI and SAP advantageous
  • Fluent in English, with an additional language being advantageous

Responsibilities & tasks:

Reporting into the Raw Materials Director EMEA, you will be working closely together with the whole Raw Materials team. Your key role is:

  • Reporting Raw Material Market intelligence and Pricing to the business
  • Data analytics and providing insights to the Raw Material team (40% of job)
  • Effectively interface with relevant Businesses, including stakeholders to communicate on market trends, cost forecasts and Supply Chain and Product Development Groups. You will ensure products and process developments are based on commercially viable raw materials from secure, high-quality sources
  • Develop and implement purchasing strategies in agreement with our Businesses and manage negotiations at a European level with the tolling partners
  • Contract development with the different suppliers
  • Optimize total cost of ownership for selected raw materials
  • Ensure best prices are negotiated to maximize business profitability and meet cost reduction and productivity improvement targets
  • Develop, implement, and direct processes to minimize the working capital and associated resource inputs within the procurement of raw materials
  • Support the Businesses in further developing the existing integrated supply chain in Europe to improve operational excellence in EHS, quality, customer service and cost

We offer:

  • Working in an international environment
  • Dynamic team, with regular team events
  • Good compensation and benefits package, including extra vacation days
  • Challenging environment where a lot of contribution is possible
  • Based in European headquarters, alongside other critical functions
  • Option for 2 days per week working from home
  • Company restaurant
  • An office in the centre of relaxing woodland
  • Opportunities for learning and development, and career progression