Job Overview

Regional Category Manager

Job Title: Regional Category Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Manchester
Reference: #202211
Contact Name: James Field
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 17, 2022 09:58

Job Description

Regional Category Manager

­­­Location: Manchester

Salary: Competitive

A manufacturing business that helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers to maximise their production is hiring a Regional Category Manager.

Summary of Role

  • Leading supply chain initiatives to achieve key goals including strategic material cost reduction, long-term commodity sourcing strategies, and driving continuous improvement.
  • Creating a specialist ‘go-to’ point for Castings, Forgings, and Fasteners
  • Working closely with key stakeholders

 Responsible For:

  • 3 Strategic Sourcing Specialists 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leading and motivating a team of Strategic Sourcing Specialists to support the local operations team
  • Working collaboratively with key stakeholders to support the delivery of business strategy and goals.
  • Strategic management of the commodity budget, creating a supplier capability matrix for castings, forgings, and fasteners. Assessing and mitigating suppliers’ risks.
  • Developing and delivering category strategies to achieve annual targets for; supplier on-time delivery performance; supply chain lead-time; material cost savings; payment terms; supplier consolidation using Grow/Maintain/Exit strategy
  • Increasing cost reductions with proactive and effective procurement strategies
  • Improving material availability to meet customer expectations.
  • Supplier development and relationship management
  • Driving and owning the supplier selection process
  • Standardising reporting, processes, and project management using systems and tools available
  • Creating and driving the future strategy and vision to optimize the supply chain for castings, forgings, and fasteners
  • Supporting the delivery of annual supply chain key initiatives from the strategic plan
  • Managing and sharing best practices with local, European, and Global teams

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree qualified ideally within an engineering or technical field
  • Solid track record within Supply Chain and procurement, ideally in a global
  • multinational business.
  • Can-do approach and able to work collaboratively across a range of local, European and global stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and experience in castings, forgings, and fabrications. An advantage would be machined parts, fasteners, rubber, and springs
  • Technical understanding of purchased parts.
  • Knowledge of MRP (preferred SAP and/or Oracle)
  • Ability to work collaboratively and successfully within a matrix organization
  • Fluent level in English; other language skills are an advantage
  • Advanced MS Office – Excel, Powerpoint, Word, etc.
  • Ability to undertake some international travel

Important Working Relationships:

  • European Supply Chain Team
  • General Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • Finance Director
  • Suppliers
  • Sub-Contractors

Core Competencies:

  • Drives Results
  • Manages Complexity
  • Communications Effectively
  • Plans And Aligns
  • Collaborates
  • Customer Focus

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