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Senior Procurement Category Manager, CAPEX, Aarhus, Leeds, Düsseldorf, Stockholm

Do you have profound experience with category management and strategic procurement and are you looking for a job where you have international responsibility and high impact?

Do you have profound experience with category management and strategic procurement and are you looking for a job where you can get major international responsibility and high impact?

Can you combine a solid commercial understanding with a keen technical interest and are you looking for a job where you have international responsibility and high impact?

If so, this is your opportunity to join Arla’s Procurement team and be part of an exciting transformation journey and create value for our dairies globally. Arla’s Procurement department is strengthening its position towards the global Arla organization through category based reporting lines and is increasing the number of employees to deliver on the ambitious targets.

Join Arla’s Procurement team, spread across Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Poland and Hong Kong. On behalf of our global organisation we manage procurement activities of an annual spend of ~3.5 billion EUR. You will work out of Aarhus, Leeds, Düsseldorf or Stockholm and report to our Procurement Director.

Driving global category strategy
As our new Senior Procurement Category Manager you will be part of the Procurement team responsible for sourcing Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) projects for Arla’s ~65 production sites. You will be working closely together with Procurement and Supply Chain colleagues to drive the category management process including;

  • Develop, drive and implement the global category strategy for designated area within CAPEX.
  • Align and sign off strategy with key stakeholders within Arla Supply Chain and senior management
  • Create and run global tenders for CAPEX, engage in the sourcing process and drive sourcing decisions through development and implementation of appropriate tools and processes
  • Strategically develop the categories to support the Arla business- and supply chain strategy in an optimal way
  • Own the relationship to key suppliers and develop them into strategic partners to enable advanced initiatives, i.e. frame agreements and supplier relationship management etc.
  • Develop and foster a team-oriented culture and enable category team to succeed

You will have significant responsibility from the start and be expected to execute and deliver on time and in line with very ambitious targets.

Required background
Your background covers minimum 8-10 years’ of category management and/or strategic procurement experience supplemented by a relevant degree, preferable at Masters level. Along with a profound understanding of category management, you possess a deep understanding of stakeholder management excellence and supplier relationship management, and can optimize these bonds to deliver results. You have an excellent commercial/financial understanding, know what value procurement can add to stakeholders and can easily explain it. Experience with CAPEX procurement from the dairy and/or food-processing industry is an asset.

Additionally, you have the natural ability to manage stakeholders, ability to communicate at all levels, work with peers and virtual teams. You must thrive in a fast paced, fast changing and dynamic environment and be a true team player with strong analytical abilities, interpersonal and communication skills. This includes applying a sound business understanding, an open mindset, strong collaboration skills and the ability to adapt your communication directly to all levels of the organization. As a natural part of the job, you should expect traveling on a frequent basis. Lastly, you are fluent in written and spoken English.

Application and contact
To us, it’s not just about making dairy products. It’s about providing the ingredients vital to everyday life. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until right candidate is found.


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