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Regional Category Manager - Chemicals

Regional Category Manager - Chemicals

  • Location

    Netherlands, Netherlands

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  • Salary:

    €130000 - €145000 per annum + Company Car + Bonus + Benefits

  • Contact:

    Alec Farlow

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

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This is a fantastic opportunity with a Global 500 organisation, based in Amsterdam, for an ambitious Chemicals Category Manager, who will bring a strategic, company-wide sourcing perspective to the management of a complex, global supply chain and the associated supplier relationships. Your sourcing leadership and experience will help our client's continued development of a best in class organisation.

The role purpose is to ensure the sourcing of a specific range of chemicals at the best possible TCO, The Regional Category Manager Chemicals participates in all relevant commercial discussions with suppliers related to specific products (within own area); owns and drives regular business review meetings with suppliers; drives multiple source qualifications and provides price provisioning on product level during budgeting / business case phase.


  • Managing assigned category in region by leading cross-functional and cross-regional team
  • Accountability for results at regional level
  • Acting as interface with countries (communications to countries and from the countries will be done through the Regional Category Manager)
  • Implementing category strategy on OpCo/Business level
  • Tailoring category strategy to needs of Division, defining Division priorities and aligning priorities with countries
  • Leading Country Category Manager with country or regional processes
  • Developing and managing relationship with key suppliers in the category
  • Driving the realization of savings, efficiency, quality, and process improvements
  • Translating category and supplier strategies into executable sourcing plans based on actual portfolio demands
  • Liaising with Global Category Manager for the anticipation and handling of changes based on supply market dynamics


  • Autonomy to innovate and deliver new approaches that impact the bottom and the top line
  • Grow in a fast-pace environment where every day is day one
  • Being surrounded by inspiring and diverse individuals
  • Learn from people with a wide variety of professional backgrounds
  • High degree of travel and exposure to international projects
  • Ability to develop new skills and opportunities through lateral, geographical or functional moves


  • Degree in Business or Technical field, Master's would be an advantage
  • You have extensive experience in strategic sourcing within both the chemicals category, and relevant industries
  • You have the ability to make decisions wherever and whenever possible using large data-sets
  • You simplify and always encourage others to innovate, changing inefficient or unnecessarily complex processes
  • 8 years of Procurement experience in international setting and 3 years of People Management experience
  • Recent experience in managing the Chemicals Category in a large complex multi-country organization
  • Fluent written and verbal English is a must, other languages are considered a plus