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Strategic Category Lead (f/m/d)

At Hitachi Energy our purpose is advancing a sustainable​ energy future for all. We bring power to our homes, schools, hospitals and factories. Join us and work with fantastic people, while learning and developing yourself on projects that have a real impact to our communities and society. Bring your passion, bring your energy, and be part of a global team that appreciates a simple truth: Diversity + Collaboration = Great Innovation

Are you a motivated, detail-oriented leader passionate about strategic sourcing and category management? We'd love to connect with you! We are on the lookout for an innovative Strategic Category Lead to join our inclusive European Supply Chain organization.

In this role, you will be at the helm of a group of categories, managing the growth and development of their strategy. You'll ensure our units have everything they need - the right materials, at the best price, and at the right time, all while maintaining a keen eye on quality. This will be achieved through strategic supply base management, negotiations, and contract management. In addition, you will be a critical player in mitigating supplier risk by implementing a multi-sourcing strategy.

Your impact

  • Develop and implement visionary strategies for long-term category development, while championing diversity and equality

  • Execute sourcing plans with precision (Market and Competitor Analysis, Material Category Strategy, Category Roadmap and Value Chain Analysis)

  • Work collaboratively with a dynamic team of Buyers stationed across Europe, fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment

  • Build and nurture beneficial relationships with vendors to secure advantageous pricing and high-quality services

  • Regularly engage in productive conversations with key suppliers on performance, planning, pricing, and future developments.

  • Collaborate closely with other departments to guide product category activities, promoting cross-functional collaboration and diversity of perspectives

  • Champion Continuous Improvement Process (CIPS) within assigned categories, fostering an environment of learning and growth for all team members

  • Streamline price negotiations, monitor cost-saving activities, and lead internal teams towards rapid cost-reduction implementations, while ensuring equal opportunities for all stakeholders

  • Adhere strictly to SOX, OHS, EHS, and compliance guidelines, maintaining a safe and inclusive work environment for everyone.

  • Uphold Hitachi Energy core values of safety and integrity, showcasing responsibility for your actions while caring for your colleagues and our business

Your qualifications

  • You hold a Master's or Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Engineering

  • You possess multiple years of experience in manufacturing and a successful track record in International Strategic Sourcing, with strategy definition and execution

  • You are an analytical thinker, skilled communicator, and proactive problem-solver

  • You have a solid grasp of data analysis and forecasting methodologies

  • You are capable of inspiring team members in a complex matrix environment, fostering diversity and inclusion

  • You have experience navigating in an intercultural, multi-business environment, promoting cultural sensitivity and understanding.

  • Your command of English is excellent, both written and spoken, with negotiation-level fluency. Additional language skills are a plus.

  • You are comfortable with travel around 20% - 30% of the time

Información básica
Ubicación Ludvika, Dalarna County, Sweden
Sevlievo, Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Lodi, Lodi, Italy
Vaesteras, Vastmanland County, Sweden
Tipo de empleo Full time
Experiencia Experienced
Función laboral Supply Chain
Contrato Regular
Fecha de publicación 2023-07-14
Número de referencia R0019460
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Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of approximately $10 billion USD.