Category Manager

Independent Search Solutions Ltd
Employment Type
€80,000 - €85,000 per annum
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Working with Domestic and Global Stakeholders you will develop and execute a Plant Sourcing Strategy (Raw Materials) for this large US Medical Device Manufacture.

Encompassing Material Sourcing, Supplier Relationship Management and Material Costing the Category Manager will have a major impact on the Over-All Performance of the company.

With a competitive package (€80k – €85k, Plus Bonus and other Benefits) you will need to have 5-7 Years’ experience in a similar role (Global Supply Chain Management / Multinational) with exceptional stakeholder management experience – APPLY TODAY

Category Manager / Supply Chain Specialist / Supply Chain Planner / Procurement / Material Sourcing Specialist / Master Planner / SAP / Certified Purchasing Manager / Certified Professional in Supply Management / Manufacturing / Mayo / Ireland

Relocation Package Open to European and Irish based Candidates

Job Title: Category Manager

Location: Co. Mayo, Ireland

Travel: 15%


  • Full Time / Perm
  • €80k – €85k Basic (Dependent on Experience & Open to Negotiation)
  • Annual Bonus (10%)
  • Pension (4%/8%)
  • Health Insurance
  • Relocation Package (Within Ireland & Europe)
  • Parking
  • Canteen
  • Paid Annual Leave


Develop strategies and tactics to support Global Strategic Sourcing goals and objectives through interactions with the supplier, quality, NPD, technical services, and plant operations teams.  Lead supplier integration and development efforts for new or existing suppliers. Collaborate with suppliers utilizing expert negotiation skills in support of total cost reduction initiatives.  Participate and facilitate material qualification efforts.  Develop and execute supply security initiatives.  


  • Supplier Relationship Management: Collaborate with key suppliers to map out and expand knowledge of supply chain, identifying opportunities for lean improvements resulting in a joint benefit to the company and supplier.  Leverage supplier expertise and/or technology to harness improvements regarding design for manufacture, product quality improvements, and reduced total costs
  • Supplier Quality: Collaborate with Global Supplier Quality team to lead new supplier qualification efforts.  Coordinate cross functional and business discussions to drive continuous improvement opportunities throughout the supply chain.  Assist in execution of audit plans where requested.  Engage suppliers in efforts to provide long term solutions to quality issues.  Support plant purchasing efforts to implement corrective action plans and improve supplier performance, as well as initiatives to perform quality audits.  Monitor quality, delivery, price, and service performance of key suppliers
  • Service and Supply Security: Develop supplier relationships resulting in optimized supply chain efficiencies, global buying power and security of supply. Evaluate supplier’s capabilities and capacities while implementing plans to ensure adequate supply of materials. Negotiate agreements with suppliers that include supply flow strategies and supply protection
  • Total Cost Optimization: Analyse market trends from various sources to forecast market supply and price conditions.  Collaborate with suppliers to identify and implement initiatives reducing total delivered costs.  Align with appropriate business units to further category sourcing opportunities which provide total cost savings to the business
  • Material Sourcing: Define and execute global sourcing strategies for direct material categories supporting corporate objectives. Provide leadership to cross functional project teams. Coordinate supplier development efforts to support plant, Research & Development / New Product Development, and Supply Security efforts. Coordinate efforts with Supplier Quality Management to achieve optimal supplier performance.  Leverage in-depth knowledge of markets, suppliers, to maintain steady, cost-effective supply of required materials
  • Contractual Agreements: Develop and negotiate contractual agreements to provide price protection and supply security with advice from legal, business, and technical functions. Execute requirements per terms of the agreements
  • Mentor and coach Sourcing Specialists to further develop and refine skills regarding sourcing strategies, relationship management, supplier development, tactics, and negotiations


  • Third level Degree
  • 5-7 Years’ experience in a similar role (Supply Chain / Purchasing / Sourcing / Multinational / Regulated Manufacturing)
  • Proficiency in SAP
  • Certified Purchasing Manager and/or CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) desired

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity why not contact me directly on my mobile (See Profile); Just ask for Patrick.

Alternatively, follow the links and send me your CV.

Key Words: Category Manager / Supply Chain Specialist / Supply Chain Planner / Procurement / Material Sourcing Specialist / Master Planner / SAP / Certified Purchasing Manager / Certified Professional in Supply Management / Manufacturing / Mayo / Ireland

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