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Regional Purchasing Manager, Indirect EMEA

Are you ready to step into a key strategic position in Grundfos where you will be instrumental in setting the strategic direction for indirect purchasing for our production and sales companies within the EMEA region?

In this position, you will support our Group Purchasing strategy and help generate value for the organization as you drive indirect purchasing within the EMEA region. Doing so, you gain a deep insight into how our production and sales companies operate and get a great opportunity to further build your career in a high-profile position within Grundfos.

Join Group Purchasing

At our HQ in Bjerringbro, you will join Group Purchasing where you will be in charge of driving indirect purchasing across both production and sales companies within the EMEA region.

The EMEA region is a very strategic region within Grundfos, and stepping into this position, you will be responsible for ensuring we reach the expected results for the region. You will also be in charge of managing the regional category managers and support the local purchasers teams.

“You will have a team of 4 category managers supported by 2 analysts reporting directly to you and in charge of deploying the indirect categories strategies within the region. These are highly skilled professionals and look to you for coaching and guidance, especially when it comes to the major projects in the region. Moreover, you’ll need to support 10 local purchasers reporting to you within a matrix organization,” explains our Senior Director Global Indirect, Chiara Sabbadin, whom you will be reporting to.

Drive indirect purchasing within EMEA

As a regional purchasing manager, you will have a very strategic role within Grundfos as you ensure a solid performance within a key region. It will be up to you to plan, propose and deploy the overall regional strategy and targets for the EMEA region in alignment and coordination with global indirect purchasing and business strategies and ultimately Grundfos’s strategies and goals – and ensure that they are fully accomplished.

You will cooperate closely with the various category managers, supporting them in building regional sourcing strategies and setting targets aligned with our global strategies. Doing so, you will monitor progress, ready to step in when action is needed. Likewise, you will need to build and maintain close relationships with key stakeholders, such as plant directors, finance managers, operation managers and other key players from group functions across Grundfos.

In short, your key tasks will be to:

  • Build and maintain a regional organization for indirect purchasing, including category management and local purchasers’ network, both in operations and sales companies within EMEA
  • Run benchmarking activities across the regions to identify potential sourcing projects at country, regional or across regional level (consolidation and standardisation) and secure execution
  • Manage and support initiatives related to purchasing support of sales companies
  • Optimise supplier portfolio, spend tracking, etc.
  • Develop processes, tools and relevant measures needed for the specific area of responsibility
  • Align, implement and deploy global processes and best practices

Experience from a similar position

You are adept at networking and building solid relationships – not only with stakeholders but also within your team. Because as a leader, you are known for your team focus and ability to set the direction through coaching and motivation. You are ready to take action when needed and are result-oriented in your approach to tasks. Likewise, you are highly analytical and strategic in your way of thinking, and with a flair for communication, you know how to get others on board with your ideas.

Also, we imagine that you:

  • Have a relevant commercial and technical education
  • Have at least 5 years of relevant experience as manager within indirect sourcing in a global organization
  • Have experience communicating at senior executive level as well as other levels internally and externally  
  • Bring a solid business understanding          
  • Speak and write English effortlessly

You should expect some travel activity mainly within EMEA.

Additional information

If you have questions or want to know more about the position, please contact Senior Director Global Indirect Chiara Sabbadin on +39 34 40 36 73 57.

If this job sounds appealing to you, please send your resume and cover letter today and no later than 12 March 2020 by clicking on “Apply”. We expect interviews to be held on an ongoing basis.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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