Global Category Manager, Indirect Sourcing

Do you dream of a global work horizon where you can be part of setting the agenda?

At Chr. Hansen, we work to improve food and health, and our natural ingredients are consumed by more than 1 billion people every day. As a global market leader in bioscience, we have the opportunity to address important global challenges such as food waste, healthy living, sustainable agriculture – and we need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?

The team for you to join

We are looking to hire a Global Category Manager with experience from indirect sourcing to continue building on the solid sourcing foundation that has been created. You will join the Global Sourcing team at Chr. Hansen, which consists of 20 skilful and enthusiastic colleagues with diverse backgrounds located across Europe and the US. Global Sourcing is responsible for optimizing cost efficiency and business value for Chr. Hansen’s global operations. 

As Global Category Manager, your core areas of sourcing responsibility will include some of our corporate functions such as IT and Facility Management. The exact scope will be discussed individually, in order to find an optimal set-up between your experiences and the rest of the team. 

The position will be located at our corporate headquarters in Hoersholm, Denmark (north of Copenhagen), where the corporate language is English.

What would your role look like?

In your role as Global Category Manager, the most important responsibility is to establish and drive global sourcing strategies by utilizing your strong stakeholder management skills positively, by aligning and constructively challenging the business regarding identification of new cost optimization opportunities.

Your main tasks are:

  • Development, implementation and compliance of category strategies
  • Running of tenders, supplier negotiations and contract formalization
  • Responsibility for suppliers’ commercial development and business performance
  • Contribute to keeping supplier, KPI and other data up to date
  • Take charge of joint identification of projects, alignment of priorities and setting of targets based on the Total Cost of Ownership approach

Other important areas include commercial risk mitigation, contract compliance, supplier development, and continuous improvement.

Who are we looking for?

Consequently, we are looking to hire a skilful, energetic and experienced sourcing professional with minimum 5 years of business experience from a sourcing position in a global context, who can strengthen our existing team with new competencies and ideas and support our ambitious performance targets. You hold a M.Sc. in Business Administration or other relevant academic education and/or work experience. In addition:

  • You are business-minded and a strong driver able to align various parts of the business, in order to deliver sustainable results
  • You have a strong strategic and analytical mindset, have good negotiation skills and good knowledge of commercial agreements and policies
  • Experience in change management will be valued, as well as a good sense of humor

What we offer you?

Working at Chr. Hansen, you get the opportunity to work in a multinational and multicultural environment where there is always room for new ideas. We might be a global organization with more than 3,400 employees, but we maintain a local feeling with an entrepreneurial spirit, allowing you to take part in setting the agenda while working for a more sustainable future. Our legacy and success enable us to expand innovations into new areas.

You will take on an exciting and influential role in our dynamic, inspiring and international environment. The position has high exposure, both vertically and horizontally, in our non-bureaucratic and lean organization. You will have the opportunity to shape your working day where you will be encouraged to further develop your professional and personal skills. You will belong to our Category Management team for Indirect Sourcing and work closely with other members of the Global Sourcing team and the stakeholders in the business.

If you need more information

If you have questions regarding the position, please feel free to contact Jesper Deela Nielsen, Senior Manager, Global Sourcing at +45 53 39 23 63.

In your cover letter please tell us why you think that you are the right candidate for the job and please remember to attach your CV.

Deadline for applications is December 15, 2019. Candidate interviews may start before this date.

Read more about a career at Chr. Hansen here: https://www.chr-hansen.com/en/career

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About Chr. Hansen

Joining Chr. Hansen is your opportunity to make a meaningful difference while unfolding your career in a truly global setting. Our founder, Christian D. A. Hansen, was an entrepreneur and that mentality is still very present and valued today as we look for new talent to strengthen our team.

We believe that engagement matters. Every one of our 32 global offices offer an agile organization proud to promote an inspiring work environment and a collaborative culture with the passion to make a difference.


Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The products include cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors, and all solutions are based on strong research and development competencies coupled with significant technology investments. Revenue in the 2015/16 financial year was EUR 949 million. The company has more than 2,800 dedicated employees in 30 countries and main production facilities in Denmark, France, USA and Germany. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen. For further information, please visit www.chr-hansen.com
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Publiceret: 27. november 2019

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