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At AB InBev, Challenge Accepted isn’t just a phrase; it’s an attitude!
That’s because we’re the world’s largest brewer, with iconic brands like Stella Artois, Leffe and Jupiter. We’re a team of curious individuals who see every challenge as a new opportunity to do something incredible. We’re resourceful people who thrive and take ownership of our success. Because we’re owners, we take results personally.
We dream big, seek new challenges and push the boundaries of what’s possible!
The challenge: Category Manager is responsible for managing the industrial Capex for all breweries in Zone Europe, including the MRO (Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul). Define the category strategies that are under the control of the Regional Procurement office. Category Manager will also lead the strategic sourcing initiatives and optimization projects for the Category in that region. In addition, provide Regional support for categories managed centrally by GPO. There is a strong collaboration with supplier development team, analytics and sourcing support for categories.
Definition & execution of category strategies
Define category risk assessment
Execute strategic sourcing initiatives with multifunctional teams (Global and Regional Procurement, PSS and procurement capabilities group)
Manage supplier relationship and develop collaborative initiatives
Validate and approve analysis of categories and market analysis
Develop and Maintain its related Category Card
Ensure contract compliance
Negotiate with suppliers and select the best option
Review, sign and ensure implementation of negotiated contracts/PO’s
Resolve outstanding contract/PO issues and claims
Complete contract termination requests & submit for approval
Execute Regional Value Engineering Projects
Define & execute innovation strategy
Ensure supply security/assurance & supplier development directions are handled
Drive POCM & COM CAPEX purchase and planning process optimization in cooperation with key Commercial stakeholders
Who we’re looking for:
University Degree or equivalent. Ideally MBA graduate
Minimum 3 years of hands-on procurement / category management experience
Experience in FMCG / CPG industry
Strong analytical skills and Project-management skills
Leadership skills and coaching skills
Basic knowledge of finance and accounting allowing the ability to run/read analysis of a supplier’s P&L and balance sheet
Communicating effectively by conveying information and ideas in English, in a clear, meaningful, and timely manner, providing information to ensure understanding; solicit inputs and provide open candid conversations
Developing collaborative relationships for the purpose of accomplishing work objectives developing relationships with other individuals by listening, sharing ideas, and appreciating others’ efforts
Ability to coordinate across multiple countries and functions
English as the working language, other languages are an advantage
Ability to conceptualize business impact focused analytics
Understanding of sourcing and analytics tools such as Ariba, Emptoris, SAP MM/SRM, advanced MS Excel, MS Access, Database tools (SQL etc)
Basic knowledge on using e-sourcing tools
What you can expect from us:
In this role, you’ll have the potential to transform our business and your career. You’ll get the support and mentor you need to succeed. We’re a meritocracy, with plenty of room for growth and development, so you know your hard work will be rewarded. We encourage you to think big and go after your goals. You’ll get to be creative, work with international teams so you can build a global network and have direct control over your career and where it takes you. As the leading global brewer, we are committed to bringing people together for a better – and more equal – world. A more equal world starts when everyone can thrive. At AB InBev we value the diversity of cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our workforce and we strongly encourage women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.