Category Manager NPR ad interim

We are looking for a well-rounded and experienced Procurement professional with sound business acumen, data and people driven leader and decision maker. You can lead and drive the execution of the regional category management agenda.

BME Group
Group Manager
Building materials
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We are looking for a well-rounded and experienced ad interim Procurement professional with sound business acumen, data and people driven leader and decision maker. You can lead and drive the execution of the regional category management agenda. In conjunction with the teams in the Operating Companies (OpCo’s) you will make category plans, align the countries and together you will achieve the saving as well as the ESG objectives in the relevant categories.  Savings are important but good working relations with the business is evident. You are a dedicated and engaged partner who strongly engages with both the business and the European procurement organization to enhance collaboration and obtaining the regional procurement objectives. As a person you are warm and have a connecting personality.

Purpose of the Role

Ensures that BME sources clearly specified products and services in the relevant category at the best possible TCO as well as ESG targets. The category manager ensures that BME fulfills its contractual obligations and other commitments towards its suppliers and vice versa. Participates in all relevant commercial discussions with suppliers related to specific products (within own area). Owns and drives regular business review meetings with suppliers. Drives multiple source qualifications and provides price provisioning on product level during budgeting / business case phase. Drives the energy agenda of BME.

Non-Product Related, with a focus on:

  • Forklifts
  • Trucks
  • Transport
  • Energy Reduction initiatives, like LED, etc.
  • Energy usage contracts (Electricity, Gas)

And also, but in lesser priority:

  • Office supplies
  • Facilities
  • IT
  • Telecom
  • Fleet Management

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Manages assigned category in regions by leading cross-functional and cross-regional team
  • Accountability for results at regional level
  • Act as interface with countries (communications to countries and from the countries will be done through the Regional Category Manager)
  • Responsible for implementing category strategy on OpCo/Business level
  • Tailor category strategy to needs of Division, define Division priorities and align priorities with countries
  • Collection of needs from OpCo’s including data for benchmarking
  • Executes multi local initiatives (e.g. tenders)
  • Lead Country Category Manager with country or regional processes
  • Develop and manage relationship with key suppliers in the category
  • Drive the realization of savings, efficiency, quality, and process improvements
  • Make use & link with the Blackstone procurement group who has established global contracts

Key Functional Competencies

  • Action-oriented and result-driven with excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Negotiation & contracting skills
  • Cost analysis skills
  • Financial and Business acumen
  • Decision making/strategic thinking
  • Project management skills
  • Collaborating in cross a regional/functional team   
  • Source to pay process, supplier quality, product lifecycle management
  • Excellent market information analysis skills and supply market knowledge
  • Strong personality with the ability to get things done through people
    • Pragmatic and solutions-oriented attitude
    • Strong team spirit with the ability to connect with people
    • Driven, energetic and positive-minded
    • Flexible, agile and resilient
    • Entrepreneurial, results-driven and customer-focused
    • Takes ownership, is accountable, delivers on promises
    • High sense of integrity and business ethics
    • Intellectually curious in support of high learning agility: high level of IQ/EQ and drive and used these to get ahead at work. Learns fast, creates rapid impact in new environments, gets often more responsibilities and has moved through the ranks significantly quicker than most others

Education and Experience

  • Business professional with 8+ year experience working with multiple stakeholders in a complex environment, preferably with background in PNR
  • Educated to degree level – Business or Technical, Master will be an advantage
  • Eight years Procurement experience in international setting, three years People Management experience  
  • Experience in managing a regional category in a large complex matrix organization with internationals OpCo’s
  • A stable career track with clear career progression within a limited number of employers
  • Experience with working in an international and matrix environment
  • Eager and ambitious with the ability to go at least one level up
  • Fluent in English and ideally in German, Dutch or French as well; at equal qualification diversity criteria will apply in the final selection process


  • Dare
  • Care
  • Do it
  • Be real
  • Win together

Leadership competencies

  • Drive Results                                        
  • Managerial Courage
  • Strategic Thinker                                  
  • Driver of change (through vision & purpose)
  • Cultivate Innovation                              
  • Resilience & Tenacity
  • Develop Talent                                     
  • KPI Driven Decision Making
  • Collaborate & Share


Based in Schiphol-Oost with the willingness to travel 30-40% throughout Europe


  • Interview by Recruiter
  • Interviews with BME
  • Assessment
  • Background and Reference check
  • Final Interview

Acquisition by agencies is not appreciated. By applying for this role you agree to store your CV in our files and to share it within BME and operating companies during the recruitment process according to our policy.







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