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Senior Global Category Manager


Opfikon, CH

Department:  Finance & Controlling

Job Details


Job Title:           Senior Global Category Manager (Indirect Procurement)

Location:           Opfikon-Glattbrugg, Switzerland

Reporting to:     Head of Indirect Procurement



Job Responsibilities


  • Drive and implement category strategy or renew strategic category management plans (in own, larger categories)
  • Lead RFI’s/RFP’s/RFQ’s, negotiate contracts
  • Identify key stakeholders; collaborate, advise and influence in a matrix organization
  • Carry out category spend and market analysis required for category profiling
  • Lead Category Councils worldwide (deputy category managers & lead buyers)
  • Maintain market and product knowledge; observe market trends
  • Analyze and categorize supplier base
  • Own Swissport agreed vendor list for the managed categories
  • Develop and execute an optimal sourcing strategy for the managed categories
  • Lead contractual discussions with suppliers within portfolio of managed categories
  • Responsible for the spend cube accuracy for managed categories
  • Effectively build and manage relationships with suppliers, using Total Cost of Ownership approach
  • Set-up KPI’s and monitor service levels to ensure compliance and uninterrupted availability
  • Report KPI’s and activities in the managed categories / councils
  • Work closely with business stakeholders to build consensus and alignment for sourcing & procurement projects, advise and influence in a matrix organization
  • Manage costs (should-cost models, cost reductions, value creation, etc.) and drive savings
  • Set rules of engagement with divisions/country organizations (incl. subsequent control of compliance) with respect to scope of managed categories
  • Support and assist global category managers and procurement analysts / intern



Qualifications and Competencies


  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Procurement, Business, Economics, Supply Chain or equivalent
  • Min. 5-7 years of experience with relevant large procurement categories
  • Proven track record in delivering year to year cost savings and driving cost reduction and change projects
  • Excellent negotiating skills and understanding of contractual key terms
  • Strong process and project management experience
  • Great analytical skills
  • Strong leadership skills to effectively manage category processes, and cross functional teams in matrix
  • Demonstrated ability to work with key stakeholders in multiple global locations and at various levels
  • Down-to-earth and positive work attitude, hands-on mentality, team worker
  • Excellent social & communication skills – able to clearly articulate position in a complex organization
  • English skills at business level (written and spoken) is a must, any additional language is an advantage