Strategic Purchaser/ Category Manager

Strategic Purchaser/ Category Manager

Job ID:  17406

Ghimbav, Brasov, RO

The Category Manager is actively supporting the Category Management in defining a fitting supplier strategy and takes over responsibility for negotiations with suppliers to achieve best market conditions in the respective area.


Your tasks will be including:

  • Supporting the development of material and suppliers’ strategy by conducting market analysis, closely collaborating with cross-functional partners as well as documenting and implementing accordingly;
  • Initiation of the new Supplier Introduction Process;
  • Definition of the annual supplier list for the respective material groups;
  • Actively influencing the sourcing process during development phase through supplier selection, negotiating prices and commercial conditions and preparing sourcing decision sheets;
  • Performing annual negotiations to constantly improve the cost situation in case of an escalation, including negotiating changes with suppliers and applying negotiation concepts;
  • Ensuring fulfillment of all necessary requirements by negotiating and concluding legally binding contracts with the respective suppliers; 
  • Ensuring in-time implementation of correct data in the respective IT-systems;
  • Responsible for monthly controlling and correction of local data and target achievement.


Job Requirements:

  • Completed degree in economics, engineering or in a similar field of study;
  • Several years of professional experience in the area of Category Management, resp. sourcing processes;
  • Several years of experience in the development of strategic approaches and conducting negotiations;
  • Very good knowledge of the MS Office programs;
  • Business fluent English language skills (written and spoken), preferable also German;
  • Experienced in intercultural, worldwide collaborations;
  • Very good negotiation skills;
  • Independent, structured and analytical way of working as well as the ability to capture complex information and present it visually;
  • Willingness to travel (up to 20 percent, internationally).


Applications from severely handicapped people are welcome.


What we offer:

  • Integration Program in a professional, young and dynamic team;
  • Competitive Salaries (based on performance) & Benefits;
  • Health & Wellness (private health and dental insurance, sport activities etc.);
  • Proffesional Development Opportunities;
  • Stability;
  • International work environment.

Vitesco Technologies is a leading international developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art powertrain technologies for sustainable mobility. With smart system solutions and components for electric, hybrid and internal combustion drivetrains, Vitesco Technologies makes mobility clean, efficient, and affordable. The product range includes electrified drivetrain systems, electronic control units, sensors and actuators, and exhaust -gas aftertreatment solutions. In 2021, Vitesco Technologies recorded sales of €8.3 billion and employs around 37,000 employees at about 50 locations worldwide. Vitesco Technologies is headquartered in Regensburg, Germany.