• Global Category Manager Packaging

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(12/31/2018 5:39 AM)
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  • Overview

    The category Packaging encompasses (i) materials used to directly pack products being sold (cement, mortar, aggregates) called Primary Packaging (kraft paper, paper bags and WPP bags) and representing around 90% of the category spend and (ii) materials used to support Primary Packaging during product transportation and storage and protect them from adverse conditions called Secondary Packaging (e.g. pallets, shrink and stretch wrapping materials). The category Packaging is relatively mature in terms of centralized sourcing processes with over 50% of the total spend being sourced centrally through periodic regional and global sourcing events for bags and Kraft paper.


    Primary Packaging is managed globally by the Global Category Manager (GCM) – Packaging in strong coordination with the countries procurement teams while Secondary Packaging is mainly managed locally by the countries Being accountable for the global category performance, GCM Packaging is in charge of defining, developing and executing with the Countries global sourcing strategies which are innovative and drive competitive advantage for the Group resulting in significant EBITDA contribution. Aligning and driving performance for all subject Category Managers, he is ensuring that Procurement strategy, ambitions, savings, and objectives are achieved.Animating a Network of Expert including main Stakeholder, he coordinates category teams and ensures the successful overview and execution of category strategies.


    • Act as the Cost Challenger for the Group for the category managed
    • Commercially responsible and accountable for the category globally, leading cross-functional and cross-regional teams
    • Animate a Network of Expert including (i) local Packaging Category manager, (ii) Supply Chain expert, (iii) Marketing representatives, (iv) R&D function and (v) other key users, thru proper communication and regional webinar to coordinate category teams and ensure the successful implementation of the category strategies
    • Coordinate the category globally for the Group by supervising suppliers’ development in various countries of LH
    • Drive and manage target setting and monitor results for the category for all countries, and ensure that all ambitions and objectives are communicated and achieved at the global, zone, and local levels
    • Key / Large Suppliers Management and Contract Negotiation:Develop and maintain relationship with key suppliers at strategic level to drive realization of savings, supply efficiency, innovation across the group.Develop and manage frame agreement with key Suppliers (when it makes sense)Support / Co-Lead Local Negotiations with stakeholders and countries for regional local supplier
    • Health and Safety / Sustainable ProcurementEnsure that Global Category management contributes to the Group Health and Safety ambition and to Sustainable Procurement objectives achievement.


    • University degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, IT. Advanced degree preferred (e.g. MBA)


    • 5 years in senior procurement management with exposure to supply chain management, complex strategic sourcing and optimal procurement processes and standards,Or Experienced professional in a position as Sourcing/Supply Chain, Industrial Director, and Sales & Marketing;
    • Proven performance in managing, executing, and developing an international team in global or regional / zonal procurement function (or equivalent), with requisite drive and energy to ensure a challenging benefits and capability building agenda is successfully delivered
    • Experience in different geographies and managing different cultures

    Knowledge & Skills

    • Business & economics, Marketing & Sales, Procurement, legal & contractual areas, Engineering
    • Technical credibility to challenge/influence internal stakeholders and has a strong understanding of the spend categories and cost drivers to challenge both other (zone) category managers and suppliers
    • Demonstrated broad understanding of the content, processes and delivery channels in the field of the assigned category, with sufficient knowledge in category to challenge and drive change and innovation
    • Strong communication skills and ability to influence effectively at all levels
    • Ability to build and contribute to influential networks

    Language Requirements

    English required, an additional zone/local language, German, French or Spanish advantageous

    Local / International

    Local Employment

    Travel Requirements

    30% - 50%


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