Category Manager

Full-time, Polymer Chemistry

Shanghai, China Apply Now Apply until: Open until further notice


The task of the Category Manager is to carry out all commercial & strategic aspects of purchasing for the allocated portfolio of items. This allocation includes acting both as global lead buyer and regional buyer for specified BU and/or commodities. Position complies with the scope of the ISO standards and HSE principles. Working closely and in cooperation with all stakeholders (BU) functions, such as plant management, marketing & sales management, supply chain management, finance as well as BU management and where appropriately participate in regional management teams. In addition, position will work closely with category managers in Europe, US and the strategic purchasing analyst within the global purchasing group.

1)    Develop and implement sourcing strategies for raw materials items. These strategies should be designed such that they support the identified business needs and are in line with the BU Purchasing strategy. This may be done directly or working in cross functional teams with others. The strategies are to be agreed by Business Management and Purchasing Management. (20%)
2)    Build and maintain effective contacts with suppliers. Negotiates contracts and spot orders with approved suppliers. Total purchase value which purchaser is directly responsible will range between US $20-50 million per year.  Drives cost reductions or risk mitigation projects. (30%)
3)    Develop plans for the short-term and long-term supply security, and supplier position(s) for those materials. Source and select new suppliers in coordination with Sites, Technology, and R&D. (15%)
4)    Initiate and/or participate in operational excellence & corrective action programs with a focus towards supplier performance or deviations from the terms of a contract (e.g. specifications, lead-time, volumes etc). Support the sites and business needs in case suppliers cannot meet requested performance. (15%)
5)    Report on key performance indicators (KPIs) that have been set, in the format as agreed. For raw materials this happens via monthly report, quarterly report, saving tracker (WAVE), price forecast index, Strategic Sourcing Management (SSM), visit report and other formats. (10%)
6)    Represent the BU both inside and outside Nouryon; build/maintain a network of business contacts in support of organizational objectives; conduct business in a responsible and ethical manner. (10%)

Job Requirements

- Working Experience: minimum 6 years(8 years preferred) relevant procurement experiences within multinational companies in chemical or related industries. 
- Education: Bachelor degree required with preference in Chemistry or Business.
- Language Skills:  Fluent in English and Mandarin. Capable in Japanese is a plus.
- Special Requirements / Skills: capability of working in a cross-cultural highly matrix setting. Requires strong interpersonal, organizational, written & oral communication skills. Ability to exchange and furnish information requiring detailed explanations and discussion across all levels of management internal and external.  Negotiation skills including strategy development/negotiations and experience with and a strong working knowledge of Microsoft PC applications and SAP.

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About Nouryon

We are a global specialty chemicals leader. Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items. Building on our nearly 400-year history, the dedication of our 10,000 employees, and our shared commitment to business growth, strong financial performance, safety, sustainability, and innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.

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