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Global Sourcing Category Manager Indirect Materials

Do you want to help improve food and health around the world?

At Oterra, food and health are at the heart of everything we do and every day over 400 million people eat a product with our colors in it. We believe that 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 healthy living and sustainable agriculture. We need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?


The team – Global Sourcing Indirect and Direct Materials

You will be joining an international team of Global Sourcing Managers and Specialists for Indirect and Direct spend located in different countries. We are a newly established team and have an important task ahead of us as we identify opportunities, design, develop, deploy Purchasing Strategies and consolidate a new and improved approach while granting continuity and consistent Company growth. We have a lean, pragmatic, operational approach to support our Stakeholders and Business Partners.


The role –

In this role, you will manage the spend categories of Indirect Materials and Services with full ownership to negotiate and manage vendor purchases of goods and services across the business and for multiple locations.                


The overall success will be measured on

  • Full coverage of assigned categories spends
  • Cost efficiencies/savings achieved
  • Assigned categories strategy definition and implementation


Further task will be to

  • Develop and maintain category strategies to meet business objectives (e.g. best cost, quality, service) and ensure category strategy aligns with existing and future needs
  • Negotiate high level contracts with ease, 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
  • Develop parameters and supplier negotiation plans and conduct supplier negotiations per assignment
  • Review existing contracts and understand business requirements; formulate guidelines and design standard vendor contract protocols
  • 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
  • Identify and realization of cost-saving and cost-reduction opportunities and build a culture of long-term savings on procurement costs without compromising supply assurance or quality
  • Proactively work to resolve performance issues with assigned suppliers to ensure effective and timely resolution
  • Work closely with global, regional and local organizations in executions of the approved strategy and budgeting processes
  • Liaise with all internal stakeholders (e.g. Logistic, Quality, Finance, Production, R&D, etc.) to ensure their engagement and alignment with the sourcing strategy 


It is you we are looking for?

We are looking for a profile with a collaborative approach to problem-solving and who enjoys working independently at both local, regional and global level.


Our preferred candidate will enjoy to add personal contribution in developing and deploying Sourcing Strategies, stepping out of his/her comfort zone, challenging and asking questions.


The right profile has both local and international experience and has a good understanding of where Global Sourcing can add value to the business.  


Experience and competences

  • A minimum of 8 years of sourcing/purchasing experience, preferably in an international environment and organization
  • Proven previous experience in managing Transport, Services and other Indirect Material spends
  • Ability to negotiate with multinational suppliers as well as local vendors
  • Must have strong negotiation and analytical skills
  • Capable of challenging the conventional wisdom, be open-minded, innovative and self-confident in the face of resistance
  • Possess good business acumen
  • Knowledge of the sourcing process and tools, including use of e-auction tool
  • Possess a working knowledge in Microsoft Office programs (knowledge of SAP would be a plus)
  • Must be a self-starter who can work independently, but also within a global team environment
  • These characteristics are normally acquired through a bachelor’s degree in business or scientific fields (Engineering or Industrial Management or alternatively in Economics or Business Administration)


Additional requirements

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; knowledge of a second language will be a plus
  • Availability to international travels (potentially up to 10-15% of the time)


We offer

A unique opportunity to be part of our Global Sourcing team and to join us on our mission to be the best enablers of Oterra’s success. We offer incredible possibilities for functional growth and learning in an international environment with competent and ambitious colleagues. We have a flexible and modern way of working in a culture where we value differences, authenticity and each other. We offer a market aligned compensation package and a truly international work environment.


If you need more information?

Read more about Oterra here: www.oterra.com. For more information about the role please contact stefano.ferrari @oterra.com.


About Oterra

Oterra, an EQT portfolio company, is the largest provider of naturally sourced colors worldwide. Since our first color launch in 1876, we’ve utilized the power of nature’s true colors and championed that natural is best.


We have an unrivalled expertise in colors for food, beverage, dietary supplements and pet food, and help manufacturers bring appealing products to consumers around the world. We empower our partners to meet the demand for safe, sustainable and natural food on our journey together towards natural. Every day over 400 million people eat or drink a product with our colors in it. At Oterra we are on an exciting growth journey where no two days are alike. We are a dedicated team of professionals around the world united in our belief that nature got it right the first time and that no one knows natural colors like us.

Our headquarter is in Hoersholm, Denmark, and we have production sites in Europe, Latin America and the US and more than 600 team members in 30 countries worldwide, serving 120 markets globally. Join us on our journey together towards natural.



Application Deadline:  24 january
Job ID:  823

Hoersholm (Color Agern Alle), DK

Job Posting Function:  Supply Chain (logistics procurement)