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Associate Category Manager/Category Manager - Procurement Direct Materials (m/f/d)



Join an industry leading company and be part of the green transformation

NKT is a leading cable solutions provider and is growing fast in a time where supply markets are becoming increasingly challenging. So, if you are a curious, talented individual, looking for an exciting role within strategic procurement and category management, look here!


We have the right job for you: To secure the materials vital for our growth, we’re excited to be offering a great opportunity for a skilled, curious and ambitious team player within our direct materials team. Either as Associate Category Manager or, in case you have already proven yourself successful in managing one or more direct material categories, as Category Manager. Or perhaps you have worked as consultant for a few years and want to pursue your next career move within a leading industry company.  


Can you see yourself as our new Associate Category Manager/Category Manager?

As a procurement (Associate) Category Manager you will be at the centre of our efforts in providing meaningful strategic sourcing solutions to the business, catering to our cable plants.

Depending on your experience level, we will either team you up with an experienced senior colleague to fast track your development and/or you will be assigned one or more categories for you to own and run.

You will become part of a team of eight, having an open, informal atmosphere where knowledge sharing, continuous development and genuine interest in creating real value adding sourcing solutions to the business is in focus.

Your primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Secure external capacity for future volume growth at attractive terms
  • Be the supply market expert and partner to the business
  • Develop and regularly update (sub)category strategies and project pipeline
  • Continuously develop the supplier portfolio to match the increasing requirements
  • Drive supplier relationship management and key supplier partnerships
  • Negotiate valuable frame/supply/price agreements, utilizing market intelligence on raw materials and cost drivers
  • Potentially work closely with one or more senior colleagues to build experience and fast-track growth


Who we are:

Group Procurement at NKT is a global, successful, growing function working across all sites and business lines and our skilled employees represent multiple nationalities, working out of both HQ in Broendby, Denmark and our plant locations throughout Europe. Within direct materials we are currently 8 team members, representing 5 nationalities, located in 4 different countries. Some travel, primarily within Europe is to be expected.

Stakeholder collaboration, strategic flair and ability to engage and execute

To succeed in this role, you thrive with challenges, enjoy working with stakeholders and have the ability to transform data and intelligence, into actionable sourcing strategies. You are expected to possess the needed curiosity, natural authority, and strategic procurement skills to engage effectively with the business and suppliers. Also, you will need to be able to navigate effectively across business lines in a growing international organization where priorities can be both short- and long term.

You have a positive and constructive mindset focusing on opportunities rather than obstacles and have commercial and strategic flair.


Key preferred qualifications

  • University degree within Supply Chain Management, Engineering or similar
  • 1-7 years’ experience and success within category/supply chain management of direct materials
  • Expertise within metals category is a plus
  • High level proficiency in English - both verbal and written


Have we sparked your curiosity?
Can you see yourself contributing to the success of our growing business? Are you passionate about contributing to the green transformation of society? Then reach out, apply and become our new commercial procurement lighthouse!


NKT is committed to fostering a diverse organization and a culture where people from different backgrounds can thrive and are inspired to perform at their best. We believe that a diverse organization enables sustainable performance, and that an inclusive and welcoming culture makes for a better place to work.  


We will be reviewing candidates on an ongoing basis and close the position when we have the right match – so don’t hesitate to apply. Personality- and Capacity tests may occur in our recruitment process.


If you have any questions regarding our company and the position, please reach out to hiring manager In case you have any inquiries about the recruitment process please reach out to . Please note that due to the GDPR regulations we cannot accept any applications via e-mail.


We are looking forward receiving your application!



About NKT
NKT connects a greener world with high-quality power cable technology and takes centre stage as the world moves towards green energy. NKT designs, manufactures and installs low-, medium- and high-voltage power cable solutions enabling sustainable energy transmission. Since 1891, NKT has innovated the power cable technology building the infrastructure for the first light bulbs to the megawatts created by renewable energy today. NKT is headquartered in Denmark and employs 3,900 people. NKT is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen and realised a revenue of EUR 1.8 billion in 2021. NKT - We connect a greener world.


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Posting Date:  30-Jul-2022

Broendby, DK, 2605 Lyckeby, SE, 37165 Cologne, DE, 51061

Type:  Permanent
Requisition ID:  2744

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