dormakaba International Holding GmbH
Global Category Manager for Electronics
Competitive Salary-Ennepetal, Germany

The Role

The Global Category Manager for Electronics will be responsible for managing a diverse range of spend covering components, semiconductors, PCB, PCBA, interconnect & cables, media components, memory – storage, RF – RFID – wireless, materials & chemicals, licenses.

The overall spend for this area is approximately CHF 100-130M, encompassing 1300 suppliers. You will manage this category area alongside colleagues based in Germany and Canada.


Develop category strategies and ensure implementation


  • Understand the specific category, its cost structure and supplier landscape
  • Develop and execute strategy
  • Define KPIs to track the strategy realization and review compliance
  • Prepare, facilitate and summarize savings initiatives generated through workshops
  • Recommend prioritization of savings initiatives to SVP Group Strategic Procurement
  • Steer and execute category initiatives portfolio
  • Manage all milestones of the tool development


Manage suppliers and sourcing for global category


  • Develop a consolidated demand forecast for the category
  • Recommend qualification of suppliers for an approved supplier list
  • Tender and negotiate with selected suppliers
  • Manage the supplier base, including all related aspects of supplier quality, performance management, supplier consolidation and commercial relationship
  • Recommend approval of new projects to SVP Group Strategic Procurement
  • Agree with NPI sourcing decisions


Interfaces: Close collaboration with relevant segments/ plants


  • Collaborate with all relevant stakeholders for category strategy development, initiative generation and supplier management
  • Mobilize segment/ plant procurement for initiative implementation


The Candidate

dormakaba are seeking to appoint an experienced procurement professional with detailed knowledge of stampings area gained in a complex, multi-site regional or global manufacturing business. With a solid understanding of best practice category management and strong interpersonal and influencing skills to work both internally and externally.

The role will necessitate a degree of international travel.


  • Expertise and track record in respective categories
  • “Nose for value”: strong drive to identify and realize cost reduction
  • Ability to “move people to action” without formal reporting line
  • Proven ability to work globally with strong negotiation skills

For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact our advisor at Berwick Partners:

Tom Graham

Consultant, Procurement & Supply Chain Practice


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