Senior Category Manager, Direct Materials

  • Category: Finance & Procurement
  • Location: Broendby, DK; Malmoe, SE

Join an industry recognised company and be part of the green transformation
Have you already proven your ability to build and develop at least one strategic, high-profile procurement category and looking for your next step within a green and fast growing company? Then we have the right job for you!

An exciting role as Senior Category Manager (Category Lead) within our Direct Materials team is now vacant. The team consists of 9 highly engaged category managers, having an open, informal atmosphere where knowledge sharing, continuous development and genuine interest in creating real value adding sourcing solutions to the business is in focus.
Bring your expertise to support the growing demand for materials
As a procurement category lead you will be at the centre of our efforts in providing meaningful strategic procurement solutions to the business, catering to our cable plants located throughout Europe. Effectively, you will be the partner to the business on strategic procurement matters within your category, having the full end-to-end responsibility.
While we think strategic procurement is always rewarding, it is particularly fun and exciting these days in NKT, as our demand for materials is growing immensely. It is therefore providing plenty of challenges and opportunities for a curious procurement professional joining NKT. 

Your primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Define and own all category management activities within your assigned categories
  • Be the supply market expert and partner to the business
  • Develop and regularly update the category strategy and project pipeline
  • Continuously develop the supplier portfolio to match the increasing requirements, securing sufficient external capacity
  • Promote supplier relationship management and key supplier partnerships
  • Negotiate valuable supply agreements, utilizing market intelligence on materials and cost drivers

Group Procurement has global responsibility, and our skilled employees represent multiple nationalities, working out of both HQ in Broendby, Denmark and our plant locations throughout Europe. This role will be placed at our HQ in Broendby, Greater Copenhagen Area, Denmark. Some travel, primarily within Europe is to be expected.

Category Management, curiosity, collaboration and ability to engage and deliver
To grow in this role, you thrive with opportunities and having a broad exposure to the organization at all levels. You are therefore expected to possess the needed curiosity, natural authority, and strategic category management skills to engage effectively with the business and suppliers – some being strategic to NKT.
Besides the above, you engage effectively with internal stakeholders across borders and cultures, understand business needs and translate these into sourcing solutions – and executing on these. Also, you will need to be able to navigate effectively across business lines in a growing international organization.

You have a positive and constructive mindset focusing on opportunities rather than obstacles and have well developed commercial and strategic skills.
Key preferred qualifications

  • University degree within Supply Chain Management, Engineering or similar
  • Minimum +5 years of proven experience and completed projects within category management of direct materials in a larger international manufacturing company
  • High level proficiency in English - both verbal and written

Have we sparked your curiosity?
Can you see yourself contributing to the growth of our growing business? Are you enthusiastic about contributing to the green transformation of society? Then reach out, apply and become our new procurement lighthouse!
NKT is committed to fostering a diverse organization and a culture where people from different backgrounds can thrive and are inspired to perform at their best. We believe that a diverse organization enables sustainable performance, and that an inclusive and welcoming culture makes for a better place to work.  
We will be reviewing candidates on an ongoing basis and close the position when we have the right match – so don’t hesitate to apply. Please apply at our website at latest 3th of December 2023. Personality- and capacity tests may occur in our recruitment process.
If you have any questions regarding the position, you are very welcome to contact VP, Category Management, Martin Helbo Texel, In case you have any inquiries about the recruitment process please reach out to Senior HR Business Partner Morten Sponholtz, Please note that due to the GDPR regulations we cannot accept any applications via e-mail.
We are looking forward receiving your application!


What we offer:

Remote work possibilities

Flexible working hours

Strong safety culture

Exciting career development opportunities

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Hightech industry environment

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Tomasz has worked at NKT for 7 years. He started his journey as a machine operator and in 2021 he got the opportunity to work as a tactical and operational buyer at NKT. He believes that what makes NKT a good place to work is the culture and the sense of community.

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