We are looking for an experienced Category Manager to join our team in Germany. In this role, you will be responsible for the strategic sourcing of textiles and materials with a spend of 100 million euros. You will work closely with key stakeholders in the organisation to ensure that the materials and services procured meet the company's quality, cost, and delivery requirements.
- Develop and implement category strategies that drive cost savings, improve supplier performance, and enhance product quality.
- Conduct market research and analysis to identify new suppliers, products, and technologies.
- Negotiate contracts and agreements with suppliers to ensure favourable terms and conditions.
- Monitor supplier performance and take corrective actions as needed.
- Collaborate with internal stakeholders to identify and prioritise sourcing needs.
- Manage the sourcing process from requisition to payment, ensuring compliance with company policies and procedures.
- Maintain relationships with key suppliers and develop new supplier partnerships as needed.
- Analyse and report on category performance metrics to support continuous improvement initiatives.
- Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain, or related field.
- 5+ years of experience in strategic sourcing, procurement, or supply chain management, with a focus on textiles and materials.
- Strong negotiation skills and experience in supplier management.
- Knowledge of contract law and procurement regulations.
- Analytical mindset and ability to use data to make informed decisions.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Fluent in German and English preferable