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Category Manager

Job Description

Better Together!

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people's lives.

With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine, Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Smith & Nephew has almost 16,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries.

For our site based in Aarau, we are looking for a

Category Manager (f/m)

Your responsibilities

* Understand total spend, pricing structure, commercial terms and trends for raw materials, semi-finished goods and purchased finished goods

* Leverage market knowledge, specifically on cost and supply/demand drivers to improve ability to source materials to drive positive position Smith and Nephew’s versus industry

* Responsible for setting strategic direction for the procurement of global raw materials and components used in the manufacturing of medical devices

* Collaborate with Smith and Nephew’s Global Procurement and Operations to establish a global material strategy

* Work collaboratively with business leaders, suppliers and customers to develop innovative sourcing arrangements to reduce costs and risks; negotiate complex contracts for procurement of these strategic materials

* Manage, coach, train, and evaluate team members on daily activities, expectations and goals

* Develop an understanding of Smith and Nephew’s product lines, market strategy, competition, technology, to establish the link between raw material and product pricing

* Lead cross-functional business activities that identify, qualify, negotiate and successfully implement new suppliers.

Understand manufacturing processes in order to ensure supply, deflation, and business profitability.

* Provide input to the Divisional Procurement Teams and Development in the new product introductions (NPI) concerning raw material utilization, new sources and supplier's selection/qualification in the Low Cost Countries that fit with product strategy

* Utilize Six Sigma and Lean tools to drive continuous improvement in the sourcing processes and to drive supplier productivity and development projects

Your profile

* BS/MS in Bachelors’ Degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Statistics, or a relevant field of work, or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience

* The ideal candidate will be a proven successful internationally experienced professional who has had strategic procurement responsibility for a minimum of 5 years in progressive roles

* Should have a strong knowledge of direct material categories (i.e.

machining, packaging, forging and casting) and associated commodity inputs (i.e.

titanium, stainless steel, cobalt chrome, plastic, cotton and chemicals)

* Proven and demonstrated successful experience and ability to think strategically about procurement in the context of overall business strategy

* Strong ability to assess the market d...

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