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Global Sourcing Category Manager, Indirect Materials

Location: Denmark : Hoersholm 
Country: Denmark 

For our Global Sourcing Team, Natural Colors Division, we are looking for a dedicated Sourcing Category Manager for Indirect Materials and Services to be located in our Headquarter in Hoersholm, Denmark.

The team for you to join
We are looking to hire a Category Manager with experience from indirect sourcing to continue building on the solid sourcing foundation that has been created. You will join the Global Sourcing team, Natural Colors Division at Chr. Hansen, which consists of 10 skillful and enthusiastic colleagues with diverse backgrounds located in 8 different countries around the world and in 4 continents (EU, US, LatAm, APAC). Global Sourcing is responsible for optimizing cost efficiency and business value for Chr. Hansen’s Natural Color Division.

What would your role look like?
This position works under limited supervision and is primarily responsible for establishing and executing Sourcing strategies in line with the company and the Natural Colors Division to ensure maximum value contribution with global Indirect Material and Services vendors. The position reports to the Senior Category Manager Global Sourcing, Natural Colors Division.

Your main tasks are:

  • Develop and implement long-term Sourcing strategy for global category management and Sourcing activities for a number of product and/or categories within the Natural Colors Division
  • Facilitate supplier negotiations and management of supplier relationship activities adding value to the Natural Colors Division
  • Actively participate in the strategic Sourcing activities for dedicated categories, with the goal of achieving significant cost reductions, while maintaining and improving product quality and vendor service levels 
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to establish and implement Sourcing strategies
  • Assure close alignment with both local and global requirements
  • Monitor supplier market profiles to identify opportunities within the marketplace
  • Negotiate high level contracts with ease, ensuring that business and category objectives are achieved

  • Who are we looking for?
    we are looking to hire a skillful, energetic and experienced sourcing professional with minimum 8 years of experience from a sourcing/purchasing position, preferably in an international environment and organization. You hold as a minimum a bachelor’s degree in the business or scientific fields as Engineering, Industrial Management or alternatively in Economics or Business Administration.

    In addition, you have:

  • Proven previous experience in managing Transport, Services, Toll Manufacturer and other Indirect Material spends
  • The ability to negotiate with multinational suppliers 
  • Excellent and fluent communication skills in English, and a second language would be highly desirable
  • Strong negotiation and analytical skills
  • The ability to challenge the conventional wisdom, be open-minded, innovative and self-confident in the face of resistance
  • Good business acumen
  • Knowledge of the sourcing process and tools, including use of e-auction tool
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs (knowledge of SAP would be a plus)
  • The ability to be a self-starter who can work independently, but also within a global team environment
  • What we offer you
    You will be working in a multinational and multicultural environment and you will have the opportunity to travel frequently to other Corporate offices for global meetings, to visit domestic and international suppliers, to attend international exhibitions, etc. (may require travel up to 15-20%).

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    If you need more information
    If you have questions regarding the position, please feel free to contact Stefano Bocelli, Category Director, Global Sourcing on Deadline for applications is Feb 25th, 2021. Please submit your cover letter and CV as soon as possible since we will process incoming applications as we receive them. 

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    About Chr. Hansen Natural Colors
    Chr. Hansen Natural Colors is the world’s leading manufacturer of colors from natural sources to the food industry. Every day over 400 million people eat a product with our colors in it. On September the 26th Chr. Hansen sold The Natural Colors Division to the Private Equity company EQT. There is an exciting journey ahead for Natural Colors, as EQT intends to build on the existing strategy of continued organic growth in current markets with a focus on the US and Asia. We bring our existing positive and ambitious working environment with us and expect to leverage on EQT’s inhouse expertise within digitalization and sustainability, and EQT’s global advisory network, which possesses significant experience from developing strong ingredient companies.

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