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Category Manager MRO

Hydro Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 20,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standard profiles, to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries. 


Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses with focus on a safe and good workplace for our 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations.


Hydro is committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future and in doing so, creating more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways to industries that matter.



Role purpose:


As a Category Manager you will lead category strategy development, deployment and supplier management for Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) categories across all businesses in order to support business strategy and minimize total cost of ownership. The role contains a close cooperation with stakeholders (local purchasing, maintenance, operations) to develop effective cost-reduction strategies and execution plans.




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, maintenance
  • Supervise the development and implementation of defined strategies in collaboration with 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 in scope:


  • 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 (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 (operations, supply chain)
  • Measure and track performance of the spend category in scope




  • Minimum 10 years of experience in procurement field including extensive and demonstrable track record in category management (preferably in a global or regional role)
  • Master’s degree in business administration, engineering or any other relevant field
  • Fluent spoken and written English skills
  • Knowledge of MRO categories, procurement best practices and contract management
  • Experience of leadership of cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrable leadership skills and business mindset, strong strategic and analytical capabilities, excellent written and oral communication skills, result-oriented personality
  • Previous procurement software/system experience a plus
  • Knowledge of SAP and PowerBI is an advantage


Office Location: Europe, TBD

Due to the scope of the role Business trips are expected to different locations of Hydro Extrusions.

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 until. 23/06/2023


If you have any question, please contact:

​​Peter Odrobina

Posted on:  26-May-2023

Lichtervelde, BE, 8810 Nenzing, AT, 6710 Ghlin, BE, 7011 CHATEAUROUX, FR, 36008 LE GARRIC, FR, 81450 LUCE, FR, 28110 FR, 83480 Toulouse, FR, 31037 Achim-Uphusen, DE, 28832 Rackwitz, DE, 04519 Offenburg, DE, 77656 Székesfehérvár, HU Feltre, IT Ornago, IT Kaunas, LT Eselborn, LU, 9779 Drunen, NL, 5151 RW Harderwijk, NL, 3846 BB Hoogezand, NL, 9601 LX Husnes, NO, 5460 Magnor, NO, 2240 Krakow, PL, 32-500 Lodz, PL, 93-428 Trzcianka, PL, 64-890 Avintes, PT, 4415-272 Ziar nad Hronom, SK, 96548 Barcelona, ES, 8430 La Selva del Camp, ES, 43470 Pamplona, ES, 31860 Finspång, SE, 61231 Vetlanda, SE, 57481 Cheltenham, GB, GL51 9DT Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, GB, DH3 2AH Tibshelf, GB, DE55 5NH

Department:  Finance
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion Lichtervelde SA / Ghlin NV
Job Type:  Permanent

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