Global Category Manager Packaging & Labeling (TM)

Employer: Continental
  • Acquisitions - Logistics - Supplies
  • Job type: full-time
    Job level: 1 - 5 years of experience
  • Timisoara
  • Updated at: 29.03.2023
    Job remote: On-site

    Job Description

    The Global Role Packaging & Labeling is responsible for the worldwide strategic purchasing of packaging & labeling materials and its subcategories for all Contitech and Tires sectors and BUs. This position is reporting to the Head of Global Cluster Operational Supplies and steers the implementation of the respective Category Strategy. The global approach creates an added value for all Business Units in terms of commercial, logistical and even technical enhancements, i.e. sustainable total cost reduction, support quality initiatives for internal customers, prolongation of payment terms, warranty and liability optimization, ensuring the worldwide availability of materials and services, data transparency and process improvements as well as strengthening of relationship to strategic Business Partners (internally and externally).



    • Develop, maintain, align, communicate and implement Global Purchasing Strategies;
    • Create Category Strategy Paper (CSP) and responsibility for the update and global execution;
    • Ensure Continentals requirements are reflected in the strategy.

    • Drive the Execution of Market Intelligence studies and ensure the ideal balance of Competition and Pooling through e.g. supplier reduction and implementation of strategic suppliers to achieve a maximum cost reduction contribution and best possible synergy effects;
    • Conduct Global Benchmark evaluation and derive consequences in combination with cross functions (active supplier management).

    • Identify, develop and promote Global Strategic Suppliers based on SRM requirements and considering the CSP definitions;
    • Conduct Strategic Supplier Meetings helping to achieve further benefits in the future;
    • Assure the implementation of favorable negotiated prices, terms and conditions in all relevant countries;
    • Drive improvement programs with suppliers.

    • Negotiate new and existing Global Price and Framework Agreements in legal, logistical, commercial and partly even technical terms (Requirement Books, Specifications, Standards) in close alignment with stakeholders and steer the implementation in respective regions.

    • Identify, initiate, accompany and tender Global Projects in cooperation with the Regional Category Manager and regional Sourcing Center and internal customer (i.e. Engineering, Operations, EHS, Facility Management, Controlling, Corporate Functions);
    • Drive regular negotiations to constantly improve the cost situation of Sector ContiTech and Sector Tire in case of escalation;
    • Apply negotiation concepts (like Advanced negotiation concept) to actively support & execute bundling within the respective Global Category;
    • Drive re-design in cost reduction programs;
    • Secure an approach that is in line with our compliance guidelines.

    • Understanding of the multiple data management systems and interaction with the related system owners to ensure in time implementation of correct data in the respective IT systems;
    • Support by checking monthly the local data and target achievement.

    • Define, implement and track relevant KPI?s in coordination with Head of Global Cluster Operational Supplies on a global scale according the CT & T Sector Target & KPI settings.

    • Ensure Compliance with Business Partner Code of Conduct and Continental Code of Conduct.

      Organization and Magnitude:
    • This position is reporting to Head of Global Cluster Operational Supplies;
    • The respective global Purchasing volume is approx. 60 mio. Euro increasing yearly.

    • Academic degree in business administration, engineering or comparable qualification;
    • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in Purchasing (or similar functions) of large companies with international background, respective material group preferred;
    • Experience in project management;
    • Knowledge of MS Office tools as well as in SAP R/3 and World Class Sourcing Platforms;
    • Very good English language skills written and spoken;
    • Affinity for cooperation with people and intercultural competences;
    • Strong negotiating skills, persuasion and communication skills;
    • Ability to work under pressure, driving execution;
    • Creativity, reliability, integrity, teamwork, operates with global perspective;
    • Willingness to travel worldwide.

    Additional Information

        What we offer:

         Pay for Performance:

    • Achievement Bonuses and Rewards;
    • Relocation Bonus for non-Timisoara Residents;
    • Recommendation Bonuses for new team members;
    • Flexibility Program including flexible hours, mobile work and sabbaticals.

    • Health & Wellness (Private Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sport activities etc.);
    • Different discounts (glasses, tires, medical, shopping);
    • In-house restaurant & coffee corners.

      Life-Long Learning:
    • Technical, Soft Skills & Leadership trainings;
    • Dedicated Programs and Conferences;
    • Free Language Courses (English, German, French etc);
    • Access to e-learning platforms;
    • Career development opportunities (local and international);
    • Internal development communities (Experts, Agile Community of Practice, Artificial Intelligence etc).


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    Company Description

    Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2020, Continental generated sales of i37.7 billion and currently employs more than 192,000 people in 58 countries and markets. On October 8, 2021, the company celebrated its 150th anniversary.

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