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Posting Date:  16 May 2024

Ziegelbrucke, CH

Entity / company:  Integrated Supply Chain (ISC)

Category Manager Raw Materials Procurement WE

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The Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) in Switzerland integrates a number of central functions in the Carlsberg Group: Procurement, Production, Logistics and Planning. ISC manages the brewery network, handles the global procurement processes, sets the global standards for brewing technology, ensures end-to-end planning and aims to deliver world-class logistics and customer service.


Working for the ISC will give you the chance to contribute to this highly ambitious integrated function within the Carlsberg Group as well as the opportunity to set your own "foot print" in the organisation during its rapid development. If you enjoy working in an international environment, have an entrepreneurial spirit and can see yourself supporting our purpose, “Brewing for a better today and tomorrow”, the ISC in Carlsberg can be a unique chance for your career and personal development



Category Manager Raw Materials Procurement WE


As one of the leading brewers in the world, Carlsberg can offer you an exciting international career with outstanding individual growth opportunities. Working in the major league of global beer brands, you will be faced with many professional challenges allowing you to grow in your professional career. All it takes is your commitment and courage to face challenges head-on – and a passion for winning!


The Purpose of the Category Manager (CM) for Raw materials is to handle the definition and implementation of category strategies within our Western European and SEB (South Europe & Baltics) region. CM participates and contributes into strategy development. CM brings expertise directly to the day-to-day work in Local, regional or global basis.


Category or geographical affiliation can be permanent or flexible.


CM is primarily responsible for understanding local business and supply markets, so as to fulfil regional and local purchasing needs, support local implementation, and local stakeholder management on an ongoing basis.


CM handles operational tasks related to various projects, e.g. supplier evaluation, price fixing, daily SRM, contract management, contract implementation, claims and returns handling, negotiations etc.


CM is expected to provide best ratio between price, quality and deliveries for all goods and services in scope of responsibility and requires close cooperation with the Global & Regional Senior Management, Group & Regional Category Directors, Global Category Manager, Country Procurement members, as well as, with other relevant stakeholders in Carlsberg Group's central and local business units. CM must ensure that the maximum value is being extracted through sound stakeholder engagement, value propositions to suppliers, adherence and compliance to Group’s policies, procedures etc.


CM delivers country category value improvement initiatives as agreed with the Team Lead. This may be delivered leading / working with cross functional teams.


The position will be based in Ziegelbrücke (greater area Zurich), Switzerland. The required skills & competencies to succeed in this role are:


Personal qualifications / competencies:


Personal skills:

  • Strategic and analytical thinking / Holistic mind-set
  • Ability to effectively communicate at all levels / across all functions /within multiple countries
  • Flexible, able to learn fast and willing to change
  • Results / Execution focused
  • Structured approach to planning and organizing
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Self-discipline


Functional skills:

  • Strong knowledge and experience in application of Source-to-Pay Processes
  • Analytical drive to independently perform market and industry analysis
  • General knowledge and experience to conduct spend & demand analysis
  • Strong analytical skills – leverage quantitative & qualitative information to assess, screen and select suppliers, e.g. through Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • General understanding of financial assessment
  • Expert in RFx related support including optimal execution
  • Common knowledge about e-auction development and execution
  • Direct experience with contract planning and execution
  • Strong knowledge about contract negotiations
  • General understanding of Supply Chain Management and LEAN tools
  • Experience with Supplier Relationship Management
  • Ability to assess risk, handle claims and solve related issues
  • Thorough knowledge about governance/policies & procedures
  • General understanding of CSR
  • Contract Management


Other skills:

  • Project management skills across functions and cultures
  • Ability to work in virtual teams
  • Stakeholder management skills
  • Customer focus including internal stakeholders
  • Extensive usage of Microsoft Power Point, Word, Outlook and Excel
  • Knowledge of SAP or local ERP system



  • Minimum 5 years relevant commercial experience within all aspects of strategic & tactical procurement on regional or global level
  • International work experience in related industry, FMCGs within raw materials category



  • A higher theoretical and commercial background, equivalent to a Master degree




  • Fluent in English language (spoken and written)


Job responsibilities:

  • Lead regional strategy design, execution and implementation in countries in alignment with local stakeholders and the Country Procurement teams
  • Preparation and support of RFx in cooperation with Team Lead, local stakeholders and the Country Procurement teams.
  • Lead NPI/NPD, value engineering and sourcing activities in accordance with Carlsberg’s standardized sourcing process
  • Collect local TCO input and ensure regular feedback from/to local business units, among others reporting of TCO relevant statistics
  • Maintain good and trustworthy support, contact and communicate to commercial business and local supply chain on all levels
  • Actively promote the Group Procurement function and CSC requirements locally
  • Actively provide input to category strategy
  • Actively support sharing and implementation of cross-functional best practices across categories and countries
  • Escalation point on returns/claims before Team Lead, when financial impact
  • Local stakeholder management on an on-going daily basis
  • Category analytics and database management
  • Support budget process through deep cost structure understanding
  • Co-ordinate and run Supplier Performance reviews where agreed with Team Lead, setting and delivering clear value improvement agenda with suppliers / stakeholders.
  • Other administrative tasks.
  • Handle implementation of contractual commitments above threshold spend and follow up on performance.
  • Active involvement in problem solving (i.e. quality issues) and claim handling
  • Actively support the Service Level Agreement (SLA) annual review of targets for KPIs and subsequently update the SLA
  • Securing volumes and prices according to Group’s Commodity Hedging Policy


If you feel that you are ready for such a challenge and that you meet the above requirements, then please send us your CV's. Application deadline: May 29th,  2024.


Carlsberg Group: Brewing for a better today and tomorrow

For us success has always been in the diverse mix of our people, our beers and our brands. At Carlsberg, we want to recruit and develop people with a global mindset, cultural understanding, and international experience to ensure that our organization stays agile, inclusive and prepared for future growth. Only by acknowledging and harvesting from different perspectives and experiences, will we gain competitive advantage and leverage the effect of diversity for business growth. Carlsberg aims to create equal access to opportunity regardless of social identity, and we encourage everyone to apply regardless of gender, nationality, race, religion or any other characteristics protected by law.

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