Category Manager Bulk Europe (m/f/w)

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Country: Germany (DE) 
City: Regensburg
Worksite / Location: Regensburg 


Job Function: Purchasing 
Job Discipline: Services Purchasing 
Job Family: Supply Chain and Logistics 


Yazaki is a full systems supplier of wire harness, electrical, data products and solutions enabling vehicle electrification, connectivity, and autonomy integration. With approximately 250,000 employees in 45 countries, Yazaki is driving and optimizing vehicle electrification and power distribution architecture and developing advanced electric components for hybrid and full electric vehicles. For more information about Yazaki, visit Category Manager, Services Purchasing (m/w/d). 

To strenghten our team in Purchasing department we are looking for a Category Manager (m/w/d) to join us.



Responsible for strategic purchasing of specific production material in YEL and supporting Global activities for assigned commodity as regional stakeholder. Achieve a supply base performance, which is directed towards a total cost approach including quality, delivery and service objectives.
Selected suppliers should deliver pro-active on a long term base cost savings / productivity, cost reduction proposals, product innovations and value added services at superior quality and delivery levels thus supporting Yazaki to off-set the impact of increasing OEM’s requirements.




•    Central pooling, negotiation and contract management of assigned material groups across all Business Units to achieve short and long term corporate QCDE objectives for purchased materials 
•    Develop and apply a sourcing strategy by material group (preferred suppliers, terms & conditions,objectives… ) in line with YEL policy, processes and guidelines
•    Ensure close co-operation with YEL Project Purchasing to offset OEM conditions
•    Initiate and support benchmarking activities and MIT projects in order to ensure implementation of cost reduction opportunities for new projects and current business 
•    Monitor and Report on commodity performance indicators and control that agreed purchase and supply conditions and suppliers are properly maintained. 
•    Analyse and report on market trends to identify risks, opportunities and innovations.
•    Being an active part of the global commodity team winthin the WWPurchasing 
•    Lead team; including assignment of team resources and responsibilities according to the leadership guidelines of the company. 
•    Decide on individual personnel development measures in agreement with the superior and the localHR department. 
•    Ensure an efficient workflow in the area of delegation. 


Your profile:



  • Degree in business administration combined with technical background or skills, or equivalent Master- or Bachelor degree as a commercial/economical engineer.
  • Professional experience    3-5 years experience in senior purchasing management activities or equivalent professional record within the automotive industry.
  • Technical Knowledge (and skills)    
  • Ability to analyse complex data and develop strategies to manage purchasing tasks. Ability to condense and present complex information to key personnel in meaningful reports and presentations. Ability to view situations on both a large and small scale.
  • Ability to give, receive and analyse information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Ability to communicate effectively on any level. Organise, delegate and control functional responsibilities. Appraise individual performance. Agree with sub-ordinates to performance objectives for the next performance evaluation period.
  • English written and spoken – Advanced Level
  • Flexible in terms of travel and location.

At Yazaki, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for everyone regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. 


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