Apply »

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.

Regional Category Manager (flexible location)


Regional Category Manager, Maintenance, MRO and Other consumables - Your Future Position?


This role can be based in the following locations:

Switzerland (Vernier or Zurich), The Netherlands (Naarden)


In this role reporting to the Global Category Manager Facilities, Maintenance & Utilities, you will develop and implement regional strategies and related tactical plans to source the IM&S (Indirect Materials and Services) categories and secure supply for those categories.


Together with your key stakeholders you will ensure proper planning and execution of the regional IM&S strategies. Furthermore you will closely collaborate with our Givaudan Business Solutions (GBS) teams and with local IM&S buyers.


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


Sourcing Strategy


  • Guide the development and implementation of regional category strategies within the framework of the global procurement and category strategy ;
  • Analyze market and implement risk management strategies for the portfolio ;
  • Lead regional sourcing strategy development within diverse teams ;
  • Guide regional sourcing strategy implementation by leading major RFQs and key negotiations.


Portfolio Management


  • Negotiate contracts regionally and locally ;
  • Select, manage and audit suppliers ;
  • Identify opportunities for portfolio optimization and actively involve and engage stakeholders in development of optimization plans ;
  • Link with Site Buyers and Regional IM&S Managers and sourcing centers 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 ;
  • Own regional key supplier relationship, and lead GBS escalated supplier conflict resolutions ;
  • Ensure vendor performance at target levels.


Stakeholder Relationship


  • Communicate to key internal stakeholders/Global Category Managers any market conditions changes which may affect the Business ;
  • Actively support the responsible sourcing projects implementation & provide information to Procurement Sustainability Manager when needed ;
  • Identify potential demand and specification changes and communicate; influence business stakeholders to drive cost improvements.


Cost Optimization and Business Planning


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


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


Your success profile includes:


  • University degree preferred or equivalent experience ;
  • At least 7 years’ experience in Procurement or functional experience ;
  • Preferably experience on MRO but not a must ;
  • International exposure in previous roles ;
  • Fluent in English, any other European language an asset ;
  • Excellent negotiation skills ;
  • Strong analytical and influencing skills ;
  • Willingness to travel (20%) within region (EMEA).


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.

Apply »