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We are Hydro, a global family of 30,000 people, present in a broad range of market segments for aluminium and metal recycling, and energy and renewables, offering a unique wealth of knowledge and competence.

We have a proud history and are committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future by developing natural resources into innovative products and solutions. In doing so, we truly believe that our people matter the most to make the difference.

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Category Manager Subcontracting (anodizing, painting, fabrication)

Category Manager lead category strategy development, deployment and supplier management across all Hydro Extruded Solutions businesses in order to support business strategy, drive innovation and minimize total cost of ownership.


Category Manager work closely with stakeholders (e.g. local purchasing, operations, supply chain, sales) to develop effective cost-reduction strategies and execution plans. Run tenders, conduct fact-based negotiations with suppliers (building on supplier and industry analysis, benchmarks, cost structure analysis), review and select suppliers for contractual agreements.


Category Manager manage major supplier relationships on an ongoing basis, measure and track supplier performance and work collaboratively to achieve value.




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




  • Minimum 10 years’ procurement experience including extensive and demonstrable track record in category management
  • Master’s degree in business administration, engineering, or a related field is preferred
  • Fluent in English. A Scandinavian or another additional language is an advantage.
  • Previous procurement software/ system experience a plus
  • Knowledge of SAP and PowerBI is an advantage
  • Microsoft Office
  • Experience of leadership of cross-functional teams
  • Strong in communication, influencing and relationship management with stakeholders
  • Good interpersonal skills, thriving at keeping collaboration between all stakeholders


Applicants are welcome from any locations of Extruded Solutions.

Due to the scope of the role Business trips are expected.

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 4/17/2022.


If you have any question, please contact:


Charlotte Axelsen


Miriam Uria

Posted on:  May 14, 2022

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Department:  Finance
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extruded Solutions Holding S.L.U.
Job Type:  Permanent

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