Regional Category Director

Recruiter
Optimas Solutions
Location
Birmingham
Posted
13 Apr 2018
Closes
12 May 2018
Sector
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Optimas is a global provider of integrated supply chain solutions and engineering support focused on delivering fasteners and components to customers all over the world.

We are looking for a passionate, results-driven Regional Category Director to balance daily customer needs, identify cost savings strategies and ensure the continuity of supply to support the regional business. This role could be based from either Gloucester HQ or our Birmingham office, and will report directly to the VP for Global Category Management.

Key responsibilities:

• Maintain the highest level code of conduct and ethics
• Participate actively in the definition of Global Sourcing Strategies
• Drive implementation of all supplier agreements and ensure on-going compliance
• Implement and monitor cost reduction programs, ensuring gaps are identified and closed
• Lead a team of Regional Category Managers responsible for the tactical execution of sourcing strategies
• Negotiate internally and externally to resolve issues
• Implement and sustain standard tools and processes to increase productivity and efficiency
• Share best practices and lessons learned, and promote a continuous improvement culture.
• Additional responsibilities as listed in Job Description

Skills / Experience required:

• Bachelors’ degree from an accredited college or university
• Proven experience in procurement/supply chain/strategic sourcing
• Previous experience managing direct reports
• Ability to exercise initiative, problem solving and decision-making skills
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects simultaneously to meet critical deadlines
• Strong background in building strategic relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders
• Understanding of contractual terms and conditions
• Demonstrated ability to drive and manage change
• Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, to convey ideas and processes
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and prior experience utilizing Business Intelligence tools is a plus
• Assertive and confident character, excellent negotiation and presentation skills
• Ability to travel UK-wide when required to customers and suppliers

This is a fantastic opportunity to take responsibility for the largest P&L and Category Management team globally, working for a multi-million dollar business. You will provide considerable input into high-profile cost-saving projects & initiatives; lead an experienced and knowledgeable team, focused on performance and build important relationships with customers and suppliers. This role has huge exposure to Board-level management offering significant potential for career progression

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