Category Manager – Engineering Services

For our headquarters in Hengelo, we are in search for a Category Manager Engineering Services



Time type: Full time
Posted on: Posted 30+ Days Ago
job requisition id: R0147493
Location: Hengelo, Netherlands

About your future job

As Category Manager Engineering Services you are part of the Thales Netherlands Procurement team as well as the Global Category team. You are responsible for managing a dedicated Category within segment E “Engineering Services”. Categories may include Mechanical Engineering Services, Software Engineering Services, Tests and Spare parts. One core activity is to continue the overall transformation in Engineering Services Procurement (i.e. move from Time & Material to Outsourced Services). Managing internal and external stakeholders is key in building close relations with your suppliers in order to make supplier knowledge and competitiveness available to the benefit of Thales products and services.

The main tasks are:

  • Ensure the deployment of Segment E strategy across the Netherlands and potentially for other sites in Europe.
  • Work very collaboratively with Segment E teams across Europe to capitalize on synergies and to drive overall KPI performance
  • Drive negotiation and contracting of suppliers
  • Build and strengthen relation with suppliers
  • Coach less experienced Category Buyers/Managers
  • Create value and reduce risk in cooperation with the suppliers and stakeholders

Why you’d be a good match

We are in search for a colleague who is/has:

  • Affinity with Engineering in high tech business
  • Strong negotiation & communication skills
  • Able to build good relationships with external and internal stakeholders
  • Experience with relation contracting is a strong plus
  • Able to oversee and value interests in a broad perspective
  • Creative and solution oriented
  • A decisive and stress resistant finisher
  • Fluent in English (business proficiency)
  • Relevant strategic Procurement or commercial experience
  • Completed relevant higher education

What’s in it for you

  • A challenging job in a great team within our high-tech, innovative work environment. Includes the freedom for initiative and good ideas.
  • Room for personal and professional growth within our organisation, for example in regards to technical, commercial or international skills.
  • Valuable international collaboration with coworkers from 68 different countries around the globe.A comfortable work space in a modern environment, with a focus on flexibility and the right work life balance.
  • You can usually work where and when you want to be able to do your work as well and efficiently as possible. Within Thales we implement hybrid working, where you can, for example, work from home two days a week if your role allows it.
  • A good salary, fitting travel allowance, and the ability to personalise your employment conditions: for instance, you can trade days off for internet costs, our bicycle plan, company fitness and relocation costs.
  • 40 days off per year (PTO). Yes, really.

Apply now! Click on the button below to upload your profile on our website and show your interest. To ensure that we are a good match, we can ask you to participate in an assessment.

Diversity Statement
We actively support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions. That means that equal opportunities, inclusion and an informal culture are integral to our success. It also means that your well-being and happiness matter to us! That’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, remote working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times.

Security Requirements
In line with Thales’ Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in The Netherlands and employment and/or education history. Some vacancies may require a security clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for security clearance please refer to the General Intelligence and Security Service.

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