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Global Sourcing Category Manager - Indirect and Direct Materials

Job Title: Category Manager Global Sourcing – Indirect and Direct Materials

Report to:  Senior Sourcing Specialist

Location: Cossé, 53


Do you want to help improve diet and health worldwide?


At Oterra, food and health are at the heart of everything we do and every day, more than 400 million people eat a product with our colors. We believe nature got it right the first time and as a leading manufacturer of colors from natural sources, we are here to make a difference for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable agriculture. We need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed.

Until 1 April 2021, Oterra was part of Chr. Hansen A/S, a Danish listed company. On April 1, the company was sold to EQT, a leading Nordic private equity firm, and now operates as a stand-alone company. Since April 1st, the Oterra Group has made two acquisitions of new companies and one of these acquisitions has significantly increased our presence in France.


Want to join us?


The team you will join


Oterra is currently seeking a Category Manager Global Sourcing – Indirect and Direct Materials to join an international team of Global Sourcing Managers and Specialists for Indirect and Direct spend located in different countries. In this role, you will manage the spend categories of Indirect and Direct Materials, Packaging and Services with full ownership to negotiate and manage vendor purchases of goods and services across the business and for multiple locations. You will report to the Senior Sourcing Specialist, based in Parma.


The adventure we offer you


The Category Manager Global Sourcing - Indirect and Direct Materials is responsible for the complete coverage of the expenses of the assigned categories, the management of cost/realized  savings and the implementation of the strategy of the assigned categories.


Your missions will be to:


  • Develop and maintain category strategies to achieve business objectives (e.g., best cost, quality, service) and ensure that the category strategy aligns with existent and future needs
  • Negotiate high-level contracts, ensuring that business and category objectives are achieved
  • Identify and unlock potential synergies among geographies
  • Initiate and execute vendor rationalization plan(s) to optimize existing vendors to deliver cost reduction, supply assurance, quality improvement and innovation
  • Help establish supplier lifecycle strategy to oversee planning, procurement and selection of new suppliers, manage supplier performance data, and manage supplier onboarding and transition
  • Assist to establish vendor life-cycle strategy to oversee planning, sourcing and selection of new vendors, manage data for vendor performance and manage vendor off-boarding and transition
  • Work closely with global, regional and local organizations in the execution of the approved strategy and budget processes
  • Liaise with all internal stakeholders (e.g. logistics, quality, finance, production, R&D, etc.) to ensure their engagement and alignment with the procurement strategy


Who are we looking for?


Your professional acumen and experience make up most of your qualifications, but it's your personality that makes the difference to succeed in this role.

You have a  bachelor's/master's degree in business administration or in the scientific field (agriculture, engineering, industrial management, etc.)

You already have a solid experience in Sourcing/Purchasing, in an international environment.   Experience in food ingredients industry/ manufacturing industry/ agricultural industry would be a plus.   You will be in contact with local and international sellers.

You speak English fluently.

You master the Microsoft suite, SAP would be a plus.

This position requires traveling on a 10/15% basis of your time.

You are process-oriented with the ambition to optimize and improve. You are in contact with many stakeholders, with a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities.  Close to the field, you rely on your sense of anticipation and organization to succeed.


What do we offer you?


You will be part of an international team in a dynamic and inspiring work environment. We offer you a great place to work, with the opportunity to be part of a global organization committed to supporting the company and our customers.

This is a permanent position, Days Package.

We provide you with Ticket Restaurant, healthcare and pension,  participation, CET and PERCO, and CE benefits.


What's next?


We will review applications on an ongoing basis and therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Several interviews will be planned, possibility of face-to-face and teams.

Apply now on our website!

Application Deadline: 
Job ID:  1027

Cossé-le-Vivien, FR, 53230

Job Posting Function:  Production / Engineering