Category Manager EMEA

Package Description

The successful candidate will be part of a leading sourcing team based out of our Leipheim facility. You will manage all category sourcing activities including strategy in the defined sourcing category (Plastic component manufacturing and assembly processes) whilst representing sourcing in cross functional productivity project meetings.

You should have around 5 years of Industrial Experience in Engineering, Sourcing or Supply chain Management in a multinational environment along with the technical understanding on product requirements, quality requirements, manufacturing technologies and their cost influence.

Primary Objectives

  • Define and manage sourcing strategy in alignment with regional business and global sourcing.
  • RFx Management, TCO analysis, preparation, and presentation of sourcing decision proposals to regional management and global sourcing management.
  • Methodological optimization of Logistics costs.
  • Manage and improve working capital.
  • Lead supplier management within the multifunctional teams to ensure operational excellence.
  • Manage supplier relationship.
  • Collaborate with multifunctional teams to manage supply escalations.
  • Category portfolio benchmarking
  • Accountable for category’s key performance indicator reporting.

Your Tasks

  • To negotiate and prepare agreements with suppliers in accordance sourcing strategy
  • Responsible for oversight of commercial transactions with suppliers.
  • Ensures know-how and innovation transfer from suppliers into Britax.
  • Responsible for to optimize total cost of ownership with assigned suppliers.
  • Responsible to meet cost efficiency targets for the assigned suppliers.
  • Responsible for supplier assessments in category.
  • Defines strategic sourcing opportunities and leads cross-functional category team to execution.

Candidate skills

  • Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in Engineering/ Business Administration/ Supply chain management/ Quality management
  • Knowledge in ERP systems (Microsoft Dynamics AX, SAP, …)
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong personal drive with clear ambitions.
  • Good and reliable communicator both verbally and in writing.
  • Passion for driving continuous improvements.
  • Fluency in English and German both verbally and in writing, other languages are a plus
  • Commercial analysability
  • Effective use of sourcing tools for price validation and spend analytics




Britax Romer


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