Agilent Technologies, Inc. Regional Category Manager (m/f) in Waldbronn, Germany


Agilent Technologies – we stand for high-tech and laboratory expertise around the world. As a worldwide company based in Santa Clara (California/USA), in the heart of Silicon Valley, we offer instruments, software, services and supplies for the entire workflow in the analytical laboratory. Our solutions and products are used among other things for the development of new drugs, for food testing, in cancer research and in doping control. We inspire discoveries that advance the quality of life. At our German headquarters in Waldbronn we develop, produce and market leading comprehensive analytic solutions. Along with our sales offices in Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Ratingen, there is a staff of about 1,000 in Germany.

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a Regional Category Manager (m/f). The primary responsibility of this position is to define and execute sourcing strategies and inbound supply chain concepts according to business requirements to ensure flexible, sustainable and reliable inbound supply chain processes in the region. This job requires close cooperation with the whole Category Team in Globally Procurement Organization to maximize Agilent’s buying power and leverage as much as possible standard, worldwide processes.

Your responsibilities:

  • Business Management: Executes Business Strategy for the Region. Directs and ensures the procurement of direct materials to meet or exceed business plans, objectives and support requirements, including Quality, Delivery, Cost and NPI support.

  • Strategic Cost Management: Accountable for Regional and WW Category savings target. Manages Procurement activities associated with Supply Chain optimization with Total Cost Ownership (TCO). Builds ‘funnel’ by identifying regional projects.

  • Supplier Management: Establishes and maintains supplier relations. Provides leadership in working with internal partners to select worldwide best technologies, parts and suppliers to meet or exceed business needs, including supplier categorization, supplier risk management, supplier ESR management, and supplier performance management with TQRDCE.

  • Category Management: Develops and implements category strategies and project plans that aligns with Global Category Strategy or business requirements. Manages the assurance of supply for assigned categories or projects.

  • Contracting & negotiating: Recognized expert on negotiating and developing contractual agreements.

  • Champions the development of analytical tools and predictive models. Originates action, makes decisions from broad objectives and concepts. Solves a broad range of problems varying in scope and complexity. Implements complex processes requiring innovation and insight. Expert Negotiator.

  • Leads development projects requiring coordination with other functions, entities and suppliers. Works with Supply Managers and procurement engineers to ensure Category Strategy is inclusive of both current and future issues and directions.

  • Act as SPOC for the local sites for both OF/Procurement and R&D; (may via NPS).

  • Conducts all business activities in accordance with Agilent’s Standard of Business Conduct.


Your qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree preferably in Business Administration, Business Engineering, Business Science

  • Knowledge of leading edge procurement practices, commodity strategies, terms and negotiation concepts and business law

  • Knowledge of financial and analytical skills/tools to determine total cost, evaluate suppliers and suggest improvements in procurement processes (statistics, cost accounting, computer spreadsheets, flow charting, etc.)

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to achieve desired results from general objectives

  • Effective written and communication skills in native language and English for the procurement environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills to represent Agilent to suppliers and relate to peers/ managers/ internal partners

  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to effectively manage projects

We offer:

  • Company pension scheme

  • Work-Life-Balance programs

  • Career development opportunities

Date Posted: 05/Dec/16

Requisition: 2069090

Job Title: Regional Category Manager (m/f)

Company: Agilent

Business: Agilent OF & Supply Chain

Job Category: Manufacturing

Job Sub-Category: Materials / Procurement

Region: Europe

Country or Area: Germany

State/Province: Baden Württemberg

Town/City: Waldbronn

Shift: Day Job

Job Type: Graduates

Schedule: Full-time

Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time

Duration (Temp Positions Only): Not applicable