IBM is seeking highly motivated and experienced individuals with 5-8+ years sourcing and procurement experience to join their team of procurement professionals. Specifically, we are seeking to fill the role of a Packaging Category Manager. The Category Manager leads sourcing and procurement projects using competitive techniques and/or negotiation(s) to select and contract with goods and service providers in Packaging and services on behalf of their clients. In addition, Packaging category knowledge is required. The role also creates industry and category insights to assist in the development of the client’s category & sourcing strategy. To be clear, this is a procurement role, not a Packaging manager role.
Category Manager responsibilities and preferred requirements include, but are not limited to:
Experience in the purchase of goods and services related to Packaging Procurement. Keen understanding of plant business needs and how procurement can partner to increase speed to value and cost savings. Detailed market knowledge and Packaging thought leader capable of identifying areas of opportunity to drive cost/process improvement and/or increase category maturity.
Specific subcategories include: Glass, Metal, Flexibile, Injection Molding, Thermoforming, Composite Cans, Corrugated, Cartons, Labels & Casings.
Knowledge and experience in delivery and pricing models for Packaging providers. Experience working with top Packaging suppliers and how to spot value and risks in these contracts.
Experience in development of Requests for Proposals (RFP), bidding, and tendering of; Packaging suppliers.
Client Facing Skills
Ability to maintain professionalism in communications with all levels of client stakeholders. Experience being in a client facing role. Ability to deliver high quality project deliverables on time and with the level of attention to detail the client expects. Proven ability to make/show progress by proactively making decisions and taking action.
Client Relationship Management
Proven techniques and the ability to establish and maintain healthy working relationships with Clients. Experience dealing with challenging stakeholders and clients to meet and exceed expectations.
Understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
Knowledge of effective influencing tactics and strategies; ability to impact decisions within and outside own organization. Experience driving on-time results on projects with moving targets and disperse stakeholder groups.
Knowledge of effective presentation tools and techniques; ability to present information to groups with the appropriate degree of formality.
Ability to utilize data to sort through and analyze enterprise data in order to gain greater insight into trends within a business, industry and Client’s spend.
Accuracy and Attention to Detail
Ability to process information with high levels of accuracy with a high level of detail.
Knowledge of business concepts, tools, and processes that are needed for making sound decisions in the context of the company's business; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
Understanding of the importance of "big picture" thinking and planning and ability to apply organizational acumen to identify and maintain focus on key success factors for the organization.
Purchasing Tasks and Activities
Knowledge of policies, regulations and processes of purchasing; ability to use practices and procedures for procurement of materials, components, equipment and services.
Knowledge of strategic sourcing methods, technologies and processes; ability to analyze, improve and re-evaluate organizational procurement process continuously. Knowledge and ability to utilize project management skills to document and drive compliant processes within the procurement cycle.
Strong knowledge and proficiency of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, etc.)
Baseline Creation & Savings Analysis
Knowledge of and ability to create baseline and savings analysis for procurement project. Also, knowledge of savings methodologies and how to calculate savings for each methodology.
PLEASE NOTE; TO BE ABLE TO APPLY YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO LIVE IN THE NETHERLANDS
Required Professional and Technical Expertise :
- Excellent client-facing skills.
- Minimum(6) years experience in procurement consulting or procurement business process outsourcing industry.
- Minimum (5) years experience is Packaging Procurement
- Expert knowledge of the 7-step sourcing process, category management, strategic sourcing, tactical buying, procurement operations, contract management, risk management & supplier relationship management.
- Demonstrated proficiency in leading teams supporting complex scope of services for clients & have management experience.
- Work is performed at client locations (domestic and/or international), high travel is required each week (75%).
- Must have a proven track record of leading & managing sourcing teams both on shore & off shore.
Preferred Professional and Technical Expertise :
- Strong collaborator and team player
- Efficient and effective leader
- Excellent influencing and change management skills
- Curious mindset
- High levels of personal drive, initiative and commitment to business goals
You will receive a contract for the period of the project.
Inclusiviteit en diversiteit
Uiteraard staat deze vacature open voor iedereen die zich hierin herkent. We geloven dat diverse teams van belang zijn voor ons als lerende organisatie, die voorop wil blijven lopen in de wereld van werk. Want juist verschillen tussen mensen zorgen voor groei. Van collega's, klanten, kandidaten en daarmee van Yacht. Heb jij een uniek talent? We ontmoeten je graag.