Global Category Manager

May 24, 2023

Assignment description

For our client  we are looking for a Global Category Manager.

The sub-categories included in the scope of this role are:

  • Engineering Services
  • Temporary Labour
  • Management Advisory Services
  • Other professional services, such as Quality & Environment, Accounting, Tax & Audit, Patent Agencies, etc.

As a Global Category Manager, you are expected to

  • Drive strategic development of the various sub-categories, to implement future-proof setups that optimize costs and ensure all business units get the external support needed to achieve their strategic objectives.
  • Ensure the supplier bases for more re-occurring services are properly equipped with enough supply, standardized contracts, a competition model and a simple request-to-order process.
  • Inspire and functionally lead and support local buyers throughout the world
  • Develop and maintain relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers
  • Execute multinational sourcing projects in close collaboration with local buyers and stakeholders, such as HR, local management teams or specific functions.
  • Execute relatively complex sourcings of various service deliverables and outsourced services. A big part of the scope is various engineering services, but there is also a big variety of other services, which makes it both fun and challenging.
  • In close collaboration with People Experience, facilitate Contingent Workforce Management by developing processes and help implement systems as needed to get a better control of cost, headcount and competences etc
  • Challenge status quo on items such as near/off-shoring, hiring instead of buying, new delivery models etc.


  • It is advantageous to possess the purchasing skills listed, but it is not a must.
  • A driven individual that has the right general skills and personal profile may also deliver excellent results in this role.

Purchasing Skills (beneficial)

Experience from category management, sourcing and contracting in a multinational environment

General skills and personal profile

  • Proven stakeholder management skills and an ability to communicate and drive change
  • Very strong English, written and spoken.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Business minded with negotiation capabilities
  • The ability to manage a big set of reactive and proactive activities in a structured manner.
  • Relevant academic education, such as a degree in finance, business, law or engineering
  • Ability to work in a global environment, interacting with different cultures

Required skills

  • Category Management Procurement
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Purchasing
  • Project Management
  • Sourcing
  • Contracting



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