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Category Manager (Packaging)


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Your Role and Responsibilities
Global Lead Packaging Category Manager – Amsterdam
IBM is seeking an experienced Packaging Procurement manager to join our team of procurement professionals in Amsterdam.
In this role you are part of the IBM procurement team that works dedicated for a world leading Multinational in the FMCG market and buy for them.
As global category leader, you help to create industry and category insights to develop the client’s category and sourcing strategy. And together with regional buying teams you implement the strategy and support the delivery of value creation and cost reduction projects.
This is a client facing role and requires up to 10% of travel.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise
Experience and Knowledge:

  • Educated to a bachelor’s degree level
  • 5-7 years’ experience Direct Procurement experience in the FMCG/CPG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods or Consumer Packaged Goods) or Food Industry
  • Sourcing experience and knowledge in packaging
  • Can follow and deliver upon the sourcing strategy and implementation plan
  • Experienced in conducting supplier negotiation and managing the business internal/external stakeholders
  • Supply chain optimization and MOQ
  • Can effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experienced package procurement solutions (Ariba, Coupa, SAP, etc.)
  • Proficiency in spreadsheet software (i.e. Microsoft Excel)
  • Motivated-self-directed, detailed oriented, and high ownership


  • Category/commodity expertise
  • Procurement Strategy Execution
  • Industry and Market Analysis
  • Supplier Analysis and Spend and Demand Analysis
  • Contract Negotiations, Contract Management, and Supplier Relationship Management
  • Project Management
  • RfQ development & Execution
  • Experienced with procurement system(s)
  • E-Auctions
  • Results Oriented
  • Analytical

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

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