Regional Category Manager – EMS EMEA – Maternity Leave Replacement 6 Months

Job Description

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You will support the development and deployment of the category strategy for the whole region to drive optimal cost and conditions (commercial, quality, delivery). Manage category spend of approximately $90 million. Develop, deploy, and manage all related contracts. Develop & build a reliable – world class supplier base regionally & globally. Develop efficient cost analysis processes of supplier quotations, with recommendations for preferred sources of supply. Manage annual cost negotiations with suppliers and develop pipelines of cost reduction activities. Develop market knowledge and Category expertise providing leadership guidance for whole organization in the region. Maintain and build internal stakeholder relationships with business units collaborating with other functions (operations, quality, logistics, R&D) for any new product development as well as solving any existing problems and to prevent reoccurrence.

Essential Functions:

  • Create and deploy in the region category strategies for categories / material fields in charge: SMS developed and agreed / aligned with BU
  • Optimize supplier base to drive the best cost and commercial conditions, quality and delivery performance: 5% cost reduction, net 90 as desired payment terms, 0 DPPM and 100% delivery performance as the ultimate goal
  • Drive Global Sourcing solutions for category strategy, optimizing spend in low cost countries.. Work closely with Procurement organizations in APAC and CEE as required: Target 75% of the overall category spend.
  • Provide expertise knowledge and leadership guidance to the whole organization for profit planning cycles, by providing support for expected cost down and materials economics. Create Annual Budget as part of Profit Planning for category in charge.
  • Support New Product Developments to drive optimal cost for the whole organization in the region in line with short, medium and, long term strategies.
  • Support Supplier Development, Quality and Supplier Quality Functions, and if necessary lead, any quality actions / discussions with suppliers to solve existing quality problems
  • Monitor category supplier base performance: PPM / OTD
  • Initiate and Monitor progress for any design optimization activities with suppliers and ideas


  • This position requires a Bachelors degree and at least five years of supply chain experience.
  • Previous specific Commodity Management/Strategic Sourcing Experience considered an advantage
  • Detailed experience within the electronics industry and in particular an EMS is a distinct advantage
  • Advanced knowledge of cost analysis within the EMS industry would be beneficial
  • Ability to understand electronics manufacturing processes and how to optimise the cost of them is required.
  • Strong communication, customer service and interpersonal skills necessary to converse with diverse group of stakeholders including senior management, operations and Supply Chain Management personnel.
  • Possesses sound knowledge and experience in successfully deploying commodity strategies and driving cost-out through disciplined Project Management.
  • Desktop Analytics (advanced MS Excel skills are a necessity)
  • Demonstrated Problem Solving Skills
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results


You matter: 

  • We make work exciting, engaging and meaningful for you 
  • We ensure health, wellness, safety and work-life balance for you 
  • We invest in you for the long term – not just with salary and benefits, but with ongoing learning and development opportunities made available through Eaton University 
  • We offer career advancement opportunities for you 
  • We value diversity, join our passionate team  


Candidate applying to the vacancy will be subject of ability testing as part of the recruitment process. 

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Supply Chain / Logistics

Region: Europe, Middle East, Africa
Organization: Corporate Sector

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: No
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time