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Category Manager Logistics

Extruded Solutions became wholly owned by Hydro in 2017 and is now part of a fully integrated aluminium company with 35,000 employees in 40 countries on all continents.

The Business Areas delivers tailored components and solutions to all industries, from automotive and mass transportation to building and construction, electronics, offshore and maritime.




  • You lead category strategy development, deployment and supplier management for logistics category across all Hydro Extruded Solutions businesses in order to support business strategy and minimize total cost of ownership.
  • You work closely with stakeholders (e.g. local purchasing, supply chain, sales) to develop effective cost-reduction strategies and execution plans.
  • You lead complex and large scale tenders, conduct fact-based negotiations with suppliers (building on supplier and industry analysis, benchmarks, cost structure analysis), review and select suppliers for contractual agreements.
  • You manage major supplier relationships on an ongoing basis, measure and track supplier performance and work collaboratively to achieve value.


In particular, the role includes:


Define, implement and monitor execution of the category strategy in collaboration with all stakeholders


  • Define category strategies based on analysis of the internal and external fact base
  • Develop implementation plans and build roadmap in collaboration with stakeholders in purchasing, operations, supply chain, sales
  • Supervise the development and implementation of defined strategies in collaboration with Procurement Program Management Office (PMO)
  • Maintain communication and perform regular strategic alignment with all stakeholders
  • Track compliance with set category strategies and take corrective actions where needed


Manage supplier relationships within the categories you manage


  • Overview all interactions with key suppliers
  • Lead negotiations, review and select suppliers for major contractual agreements
  • Orchestrate RFIs/RFQs, including timeline and process definition, supported by analysts for execution
  • Lead and develop supplier management initiatives, e.g. identification and tracking of KPIs, savings initiatives


Identify opportunities to reduce TCO


  • Act as a leader in managing the total cost of ownership (TCO) within the category coordinating all actors in procurement as well as all functional stakeholders e.g. operations, supply chain
  • Measure and track performance of the spend category under your management


Key Qualifications


  • Master’s degree
  • Previous extensive experience working for a Logistics company in a relevant function such as: Operations or Supply Chain, alternatively Category Management experience for the Logistics category
  • Fluent spoken and written English skills


Other important skills that we are looking for


Professional Skills:


  • Strong strategic and analytical capabilities
  • Demonstrable leadership skills and business mindset
  • Knowledge of procurement best practices and contract management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Result-oriented


Interpersonal Skills:


  • Good interpersonal skills, thriving at keeping collaboration between all stakeholders
  • Experience of leadership of cross-functional teams
  • Strong in communication, influencing and relationship management with stakeholders


IT Skills:


  • Previous procurement software/ system experience a plus
  • Knowledge of SAP and PowerBI is an advantage
  • Excellent analytical skills, ability to create and manage complex spreadsheets


This position can be filled in any Hydro Extruded Solutions location in Europe

Diversity improves our ability to act in accordance with The Hydro Way.

Therefore all applications will be considered with equal suitability.


Please apply online in ONE with your CV and optionally a cover letter.

If you have any question, please contact:


Posted on:  21-Sep-2021

Pamplona, ES, 31860

Department:  Finance
Business Area:  Extruded Solutions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion Luce/Chateauroux SAS
Job Type:  Permanent

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