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Category Manager

Job ID: R0106769 Location: Hengelo, Provincie Overijssel, Netherlands
Full time, Regular Employment
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Category Manager

About the job
As Category Manager you are part of the Thales Netherlands Procurement team as well as the Global Category team. You are responsible for managing a dedicated Procurement Category portfolio within the segment B ‘System & Equipment’ and Segment E ‘Engineering and Customer Support Services’.  

Pro-actively and in close alignment with the PPM (Procurement Project Manager) organization and GCM (Global Category Manager) organization you contribute and establish a local Category strategy in line with the business needs and coherent with the strategy defined by the GCM for the world-wide Category.  By leading the full procurement process from requisition until end of contract you ensure competitiveness, quality and timely delivery within your Category. You are able to negotiate and bridge gaps to satisfy the needs of your stakeholders.

You lead cross functional teams through the Category Technology Teams between Procurement, Engineering and Supply Chain in developing strategies, implementation and managing the supply base. Managing internal and external stakeholders is key in building close relations with your suppliers in order to make supplier knowledge and competitiveness available to the benefit of Thales products and services.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Shape, communicate and steer implementation of the Category strategy
  • Drive selection, negotiation and contracting of suppliers
  • Manage and control supplier performances
  • Identify and achieve cost reductions and improvements in cooperation with the suppliers and stakeholders

About you
We are looking for a colleague who is/has:

  • strong negotiation skills
  • able to build good relationships with external and internal stakeholders
  • able to oversee and value interests in a broad perspective
  • good communication skills
  • creative and solution oriented
  • a decisive and stress resistant finisher
  • fluent in English, French and German are a plus
  • relevant strategic Procurement or commercial experience
  • completed relevant degree
  • Affinity with high tech business

What's in it for you

  • Become part of a great team in a high tech, innovative international organization
  • This job provides you with the opportunity to broaden your professional development. In three to five years, you will gain thorough knowledge of our Naval domain and products, our organisation and our processes. You will strengthen your leadership skills, risk management, problem solving and improvement skills, and quickly expand your network. This job can serve as a stepping stone towards a (more senior) position within any one of our operational or staff departments. 
  • A great workplace in a modern building, where we value a good work-life balance and flexibility
  • 40 leave days per year, travel expenses and a flexible benefits à la carte package with options like purchase/sale of leave hours, internet costs, bicycle plan, company fitness, trade union contribution or relocation costs


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