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Givaudan is the global leader in the creation of flavours and fragrances. In close collaboration with food, beverage, consumer product and fragrance partners, Givaudan develops tastes and scents that delight consumers the world over. With a passion to understand consumers’ preferences and a relentless drive to innovate, Givaudan is at the forefront of creating flavours and fragrances that ‘engage your senses’. The Company achieved sales of CHF 5.5 billion in 2018. Headquartered in Switzerland with local presence in over 145 locations, the company has almost 13,600 employees worldwide. Givaudan invites you to discover more at www.givaudan.com.

Procurement Category Manager, Flexible Location

Global Procurement Manager Services- Your future position?


This role can be based in Switzerland (Vernier) or in the Netherlands (Naarden). 


We are looking for an experienced Global Procurement Category Manager to join our Indirect Material and Services (IM&S) Procurement team! In this role, reporting to the Global Category Manager Travel and HR Services, you will help develop and implement strategies and related tactical plans to source the materials and services categories in the scope and secure supply for those categories. Together with your internal business partners you will ensure proper planning and execution of the strategies. Furthermore you will closely collaborate with our Givaudan Business Solutions (GBS) teams as well as with our local buyers.


In this exciting role your main activities will be the following:


Sourcing Strategy

•    Create the global sourcing strategies in partnership with the business stakeholders
•    Drive the global sourcing strategies implementation 
•    Analyze market and implement risk management strategies for the portfolio
•    Lead global or regional sourcing strategy development within diverse teams
•    Lead major RFQs and essential negotiations

Portfolio Management

•    Negotiate contracts regionally and locally
•    Select and audit suppliers
•    Identify opportunities for portfolio optimization and involve and engage partners in development of optimization plans
•    Link with local buyers and sourcing support teams to identify alternative suppliers in other geographies, deploy global strategies, contracts and framework agreements, collect supplier performance feedback
•    Identify potential demand and specification changes and communicate them to suppliers
•    Build important supplier relationships
•    Ensure vendor performance at target levels

Stakeholder Relationship

•    Communicate to internal business partners any market conditions changes which may affect the Business
•    Actively support the responsible sourcing projects and the sustainability activities
•    Identify potential demand and specification changes and communicate/influence team members to promote cost improvements

Cost Optimization and Business Planning

•    Prepare initiative plans in line with business budget cycle
•    Develop cost reduction projects
•    Provide price forecast and market trends for essential commodities and services


Your success profile includes 

•    University degree
•    Fluent in English, any other European language an asset
•    At least 8 years of experience in the Procurement field. Consulting experience is a plus
•    At least 2 years of experience in global or regional sourcing of travel or HR services is desired 
•    International exposure in previous role
•    Willingness to travel (20%)
•    Strong influencing skills
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills



Are you an energetic and inspiring person with a lot of passion for procurement? You have an appetite for success, a strong drive for achieving goals, monitoring performance and continuous improvement?

Are you someone who wants to grow and shape your own world? Who wants to collaborate and learn together with teams who are as passionate as you are?

Then come and join us – and impact your world.

At Givaudan, you contribute to delightful taste and scent experiences that touch people’s lives.
You work within an inspiring teamwork culture – where you can thrive, collaborate and learn from other talented and passionate people across disciplines, regions and divisions.
Join us and Impact Your World

Diversity drives innovation and creates closer connections with our employees, customers and partners.
Givaudan embraces diversity and is committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone impacts our world.

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