Senior Category Manager (Cheese/Dairy)

Senior Category Manager (Cheese/Dairy)



International, Overig

  • FMCG – Voedselproductie (Cheese/Dairy)
  • Specialistische inkoopfunctie

Over onze klant

Givaudan is a global leader in Fragrance & Beauty and Taste & Wellbeing. We celebrate the beauty of human experience by creating for happier, healthier lives with love for nature. Together with our customers we deliver food experiences, craft inspired fragrances and develop beauty and wellbeing solutions that make people look and feel good. In 2021, Givaudan employed over 16,800 people worldwide and achieved CHF 6.7 billion in sales with a free cash flow of 12.6%. With a heritage that stretches back over 250 years, we are committed to driving long-term, purpose-led growth by improving people’s health and happiness and increasing our positive impact on nature. This is Givaudan. Human by nature.


  • Sourcing Strategy
    • Drive the development and implementation of the local Ede, NL Cheese (Off-cuts/Cheese by-products) sourcing strategy.
    • Analyze market and implement risk management strategies for the local Ede, NL needed Cheese RMs
    • Lead sourcing strategy development within cross-functional team for the Ede, NL needed Cheese RMs
    • Drive sourcing strategy implementation by leading major RFQs and negotiations
    • Nurturing local cheese supplier relationships through periodic on-the-ground visits (incl. creameries)
  • Portfolio Management
    • Negotiate Cheese contracts, ensuring allocation and contract execution compliance for the Site Ede, NL
    • Set up and Release Purchase Orders based on FPRs, also strategically and on an adhoc basis
    • Interact with QC/QM/Cheese Selection to get adhoc Cheese qualities through Quality process (EMG AVAPs)
    • Constantly interact with Demand & Supply Planning to ensure timely availability of required quantities at the best cost and within mandated specification
    • Run market analysis, lead RFQ’s, negotiations and cost reduction initiatives
    • Develop alternate local vendors and get them approved via the Givaudan Alternative Vendor Approval Process (AVAP)
    • Timely follow up on planning and A/P escalations ensuring appropriate commercial relations with the
  • Supply base
    • Advise local Supply Chain Management on potential inventory management decisions (strategic stocks, crops, etc…)
    • Own key supplier relationships, and lead key supplier conflict resolutions. Escalates to Sr. Category Manager conflicts which affect key supplier relationships
    • Understand and apply the Givaudan the Global Procurement guidelines, policies, procedures and tools
    • Ensure data accuracy in systems by driving maintenance discipline
    • Support Vendor Auditing when required
    • Identify opportunities for portfolio optimization and actively involve creation and manufacturing in development of optimization plans
    • Communicate to suppliers any forthcoming changes in demand/specifications
    • Ensure adequate contract coverage for RMs and supplier compliance to contracts
    • Ensure vendor performance at target levels
    • Own Budget process for Ede, NL sourced Cheese RMs
    • High local travel frequency (predominantly Netherlands, occasionally France, Germany, Denmark, Ireland and Italy)
  • Stakeholder Relationship
    • Communicate to key internal stakeholders any market condition changes which may affect the business
    • Represent Cheese Procurement within the local Ede, NL site management team and meetings
    • Actively support the responsible sourcing projects’ implementation & provide information to Procurement Sustainability Team when needed
  • Cost Optimization
    • Provide sufficient cost information for business planning process
    • Develop and implement cost reduction projects
    • Provide price forecast and market trends for the needed Cheeses for Ede, NL Cheese Powder Production
  • Maintain ERP (SAP) data accuracy


  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ successful previous experience in Cheese Supply Chain Management, Cheese Trading/Procurement, ideally combined with solid knowledge of Cheese making processes
  • Preferably with University Degree/Education Degree in Food Science, Economics, Supply Chain or any related.
  • Proven solid achievements & network within the above specified fields of expertise
  • Languages: Fluent in English and Dutch, any other languages a plus
  • Understanding of the relevant supply market, knowledge/technical background of Cheese RM
  • Capacity to accurately predict/anticipate market trends
  • Thorough understanding of sales/marketing practices/global logistics/Supply Chain Operations and ability to partner with them to develop the category
  • Analytical Skills (ability to prepare analytical reports; organize and present information in a clear and concise manner)
  • Excellent Negotiation Skills
  • Adaptability to fast changing business requirements
  • Passion for success with a high energy level
  • Understanding of the main sustainability issues of the sourced RMs
  • Project Management Skills
  • Management skills with emphasis on positively influencing people
  • Understanding of procurement processes and systems
  • ITskills in:
    • System and data management
    • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PVOT, Access
    • Google tools, e.g. Gmail, G-Drive, G-Doc, G-Sheets, G-Slides, G-Forms
    • SAP PTP Procurement modules & related systems


  • Uitstekend salarispakket
  • Leaseauto

Vacature samenvatting
Sector Procurement & Supply Chain
Sub Sector Category Management
Industrie FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
Vacatures per locatie Ede
Contract Type Permanent
Consultant Sven Talens
Vacature referentie JN-082022-5732130