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Category Manager

Global Procurement plays an essential role in Palsgaard’s growth ambitions, bearing responsibility for strategic sourcing, contracting and supply management for the company’s five production sites around the globe. The procurement team is focused on achieving optimal cost and supply conditions for our main internal customers: Palsgaard’s manufacturing, supply chain, finance and sales organizations. We are currently seeking a Category Manager to join our team at our headquarters near Juelsminde, Denmark.

Candidate profile

The right candidate is particularly keen to create commercial results, and can demonstrate a results-oriented approach with a sense of urgency and high efficiency – all key characteristics for succeeding in the position. Strong, fact-based analytical skills, and the ability to identify and obtain total cost solutions are also vital for success.

The candidate’s educational background may, for example, be a business degree (cand.merc, HD or similar for Danish applicants), combined with years of experience in a strategic procurement function with a specific area of expertise. Written and spoken Danish and English at negotiation level are required, as are good MS Office skills, especially with Excel. Finally, experience with ERP systems, preferably Microsoft Dynamics AX, is a clear advantage.

We’re seeking a structured, ambitious self-starter who can challenge the existing setup, delivering intelligent ideas for continuous improvement, and following up with the implementation skills needed to drive progress. You are willing to learn, enjoy working as part of an ambitious procurement function, and want to grow and develop in your position. Lastly, you are a strong, fact-based negotiator and good communicator who can build and nurture a large network, both internally and externally.

Category Manager at Palsgaard A/S

Our future Category Manager will be assigned some of our most significant categories. This requires a special set of skills: On the one hand, the ability to analyze trends and data, understand and manage risks in raw material markets; On the other, the ability to develop and mature the categories via internal stakeholders and external partners.

Daily work in Global Procurement consists of a variety of tasks and responsibility areas. Some are of an unforeseen, operational character, where the ability to provide good, efficient service to our internal stakeholders is key to success. Most, however, are of a strategic nature, where the ability to analyze costing structures and prevailing markets is necessary to be able to make correct and fact-based commercial decisions.

With category management as a foundation for our sourcing activities, the position of the Category Manager will be assigned selected BOM and/or non-BOM categories. The right candidate will have responsibility for his or her own category strategies, selected KPIs and portfolio management. Furthermore, optimal logistical and total cost solutions, as well as spend management are also important performance measures for this position.

Travel activities are estimated at 20-30 days p.a. - subject, where possible, to individual planning and convenience.

Application & Contact

Applications are assessed continuously. The starting date is as soon as we have found the right candidate. For further information about this position, please contact our Global Procurement Manager, Dennis Jørgensen, at tel. +45 5073 9066. 

About Palsgaard

Palsgaard A/S is an international company which produces speciality products for the food industry. Marketing of products takes places through a network of subsidiaries, joint-ventures and agents.

Palsgaard A/S is together with subsidiaries and other companies abroad part of the independant institution the Schou Foundation at the estate Palsgaard near Juelsminde between Horsens and Vejle.

The Palsgaard companies have in Denmark approx. 285 employees and is located in inspiring surroundings.

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