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Global Category Manager Flexible Films

Job Location: ​Luxembourg​

Company description

Ferrero is a family-owned company with a truly progressive and global outlook and iconic brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, Raffaello®, Kinder Bueno® and Kinder Surprise®. As the love for our brands continues to grow, so too does our global reach. Represented in more than 50 countries, with products sold in more than 170, the Ferrero Group is loved by generations around the world. The secret to our global success? 38,767  dedicated employees who celebrate care and quality to craft a business, careers and brands we are proud of. Join us, and you could be one of them.

Diversity Statement

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.

About the Role:

For our HQ in Luxembourg, we are looking for a Global Category Manager Flexible Films for our Packaging Sourcing department.
The Category Manager has to collaborate on the definition of the strategy for the assigned category according to medium and long-term Group strategies.
At the same time he is responsible for managing the budget of the assigned category, generating and delivering sustainable value, meeting or exceeding the expected KPIs in terms of: cost reduction, cost avoidance, payment terms, etc..
The role also requires the candidate to manage different procurement activities connected with the categories assigned, collaborating with the different stakeholders to ensure exceptional performance in the areas of quality and service, and to minimize supply risk (in alignment with methodologies and strategies defined together with the Risk Management Function).
Collaboration with internal and external stakeholders is key to fuel the innovation pipeline and, as a Category  Manager, to follow some of the transformational projects for the Company.

Main Responsibilities:

Category Strategy:

•    Collaborate with Category Leader in the definition of the strategy for the Category of responsibility, in alignment with medium and long-term Group strategies and responding to the business needs of Supply Chain, Packaging Functions and all other stakeholders involved

Budget and Medium-Term Plan Management:

•    Elaborate budget and medium-term plan, according to Group strategy
•    Ensure the achievement of both short and medium-term objectives in terms of costs, timing and any other relevant KPI 

Category Management:

•    Perform market analyses for the Category of responsibility, to constantly monitor the market and provide the management with updated specific analyses
•    Manage procurement activities (i.e. price list definition, volume allocation, etc.), ensuring product availability with agreed quality and service levels while optimizing value for Ferrero and applying the internal methodologies, procedures and tools
•    Perform spend analysis to continuously improve performance
•    Strong internal (technical and marketing) and external (suppliers) stakeholder management to ensure strategic alignment on primary packaging and the delivery of the strategic projects 


•    Analyze the different markets, identifying potential opportunities for the Group in terms of cost, quality and innovation
•    Develop a suitable supplier portfolio, making sure suppliers have the capabilities to support the Group in its long-term strategy

Contract Management:

•    Implement and verify compliance of contracts aimed to minimize TCO and meet/exceed qualitative, quantitative, timing and service level standards

Negotiation and competitiveness:

•    Conduct negotiation with suppliers, in alignment with internal procedures and Ferrero Code of Business Conduct, to deliver sustainable value to the Company
•    Keep governance on purchase orders management to ensure the correct implementation of the strategic sourcing decisions
•    Evaluate alternative suppliers 
•    Monitor KPIs (OTIF, service level, quality, etc.)

Risk Management 

•    Contribute to the risk profile evaluation for the Category of responsibility
•    Monitor and reduces risks as product availability, prices volatility, through the implementation of specific actions / plans
•    Manage risks linked to sole / single sourcing situations

Supplier Management:

•    Define the correct relationship level with existing suppliers
•    Drive Supplier Relationship Management with selected strategic suppliers

Knowledge Management 

•    Produce periodical market reports, coherently with the pre-defined framework agreed with the supporting Functions

Project Management:

•    Being able to manage strategic and sustainability projects connected to primary packaging interacting with many different internal Functions (technical, legal, regulatory, marketing, etc) remaining objective, analyzing the facts, and evaluating options without bias to solve complex problems while delivering results on time and within budget

Who we are looking for:

•    3-5 years of relevant experience in a purchasing department or other related experience (previous experience in packaging sourcing is a plus)
•    Master's Degree in Economics, Business Administration, Finance, Engineering or other related fields
•    Excellent analytical skills with the capability to transform data into short and medium-term plans
•    Excellent communication skills to successfully lead project completion
•    Excellent negotiation and presentation skills
•    Proficiency in MS Office skills, particularly in Excel (knowledge of SAP is a plus)
•    Fluent in English (any other language is a plus)
•    Enthusiasm and commitment to excellence with a result-oriented approach
•    A fast learner who rapidly moves up the learning curve and wants to continue to take over new responsibilities
•    Ethical and strong personal values.

How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero:

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you’ll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are - dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world. 

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