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Posting Date:  01-Feb-2023

Ziegelbrucke, CH

Entity / company:  Integrated Supply Chain (ISC)

Regional Category Manager Packaging 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


Regional Category Manager Packaging 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 scope of the Regional Category Manager Packaging WE is to handle the definition and implementation of category strategies within our Western European and SEB (Southeast Europe & Balkans) region. The RCM brings expertise directly to the day-to-day work on regional and local basis.


The RCM is primarily responsible for understanding local business needs and connecting these to the supply markets, to fulfil local purchasing needs, lead local implementation, and local stakeholder management on an ongoing basis.


The job focuses on strategic tasks such as definition of sourcing strategy, project management, new supplier approvals, price negotiation, Supplier Relationship Management, contract management, etc.


The RCM is expected to provide best ratio between price, quality and ensuring supply of all goods and services in scope and requires close cooperation with the Global & Regional Senior Management, Category Directors, Category Managers, Country Procurement members, as well as, with other relevant stakeholders in Carlsberg Group's central and local business units. The RCM delivers category value improvement initiatives as agreed with the Category Director. This may be delivered leading / working with cross functional teams.


The position will be based in 8866 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 adapt
  • Results / execution focused
  • Structured approach to planning and organizing
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Self-disciplined


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
  • Common knowledge about e-auction development and execution
  • Direct experience with legal contract management
  • Strong supplier negotiation skills
  • 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


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 experience within all aspects of strategic & tactical procurement on regional or global level
  • International work experience in related industry, FMCGs within packaging materials category, preferably in virtual team



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher



  • Fluent in English language (spoken and written)


Job responsibilities:

  • Lead regional strategy definition and implementation in countries in alignment with local stakeholders and the Country Procurement teams
  • Preparation and execution of RFx in cooperation with, 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 data
  • Provide strong support to commercial business on all levels and local supply chain
  • Promote the Procurement function and CSC requirements locally
  • Define and implement category strategy
  • Share and implement cross-functional best practices across categories and countries
  • Manage regional and local stakeholders on an on-going daily basis
  • Perform category analytics and database management
  • Manage budget process through deep cost structure understanding
  • Co-ordinate and run Supplier Performance reviews, setting and delivering clear value improvement agenda with suppliers / stakeholders.
  • Active involvement in problem solving (i.e. quality issues) and claim handling
  • Review 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 when applicable


Travel Time:

  • Up to 5% within Western Europe & SEB


If you feel that you are ready for such a challenge and that you meet the above requirements, then apply through the link. Application deadline: February 20th,  2023.



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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