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Strategic Category Manager (m/f/x)

  • Schaan, Schaan, Liechtenstein
  • Procurement
  • Experienced Professionals
  • WD-0024243
  • Candidati ora

What's the role?

You are a “sparring partner” of the Head of Procurement of the Business Unit Measuring Systems at Hilti Headquarters in Liechtenstein. Your three main areas of activity are project supply management (PSM) where you will be responsible for all procurement topics in TTM’s, category management for suppliers and dedicated category, as well as the creation and deployment of methods, procurement tools and strategies in and between our team and other departments.

Who is Hilti?

For the sixth time in the past 11 years, Hilti has been named one of the best employers by Great Place to Work. A family-established company, we are over 32,000 employees based in 120 international locations. At Hilti, we provide leading-edge tools, technologies, software, and services for the global construction industry and beyond. Our strong customer relationships make us a partner on the job site, creating solutions that build a better future. We invest a substantial amount of our annual profit to the Hilti Foundation, which focuses on initiatives that empower people to live independently and autonomously, contribute to building stronger societies, and create networks of competent partners to achieve sustainable and scalable impact.

What does the role involve?

The Strategic Category Manager acts as a real “Sparring partner” of the Head of Procurement. The scope of activities is broad and can touch different areas, such as the overall Business Unit’s supply footprint and presentations to Hilti’s Top management.The Strategic Category Manager is responsible for the Sourcing, Purchasing & Logistics deliverables for a product line (e.g. Distance Meters, Rotating Lasers….) and is part of the core team of this product line, meaning it heavily contributes to its strategy, product development and profitability. You manage selected commodities of components and services (e.g. metal parts) and/or directly sellable products (e.g. Accessories). The activities include category group strategies development, supplier relationship management, negotiations, Supply improvement projects together with different internal (e.g. Engineering and Manufacturing colleagues) and external stakeholders. By creating and implementing all activities through methods, tools, and strategies you improve how supply is managed in the Business Unit. An area we particularly look to improve is in the creation and implementation of cross-functional (e.g. with Engineering, Marketing, etc) category strategies, COGS improvement and implementation activities.

Our Business Unit Measuring is characterized by significant annual growth, complex footprints (e.g. multinational, partnerships with competitors and joint ventures), future technologies (e.g. robotics, software, reality capture) and very complex products with high precision (e.g. laser, optical and fine mechanics as well as electronics technologies). Our suppliers and development partners are global.

What do we offer?

Join over 3000 colleagues from over 70 nationalities at one of our Headquarter locations in Schaan, Nendeln, or Buchs is more than a career move. It’s your opportunity to enjoy the energizing, alpine lifestyle - where Liechtenstein, Austria, and Switzerland seamlessly meet. It’s an unforgettable life change.

Share your interests and become a part of one of our employee groups leading change locally, for example, supporting female empowerment or the LGBTQ+ community, etc, or joining a sports group for a Wednesday mountain bike ride or tennis match, etc. If you are passionate about giving back to the community, we have various opportunities to volunteer through our engaged beyond business program locally and internationally.

Additional benefits of our headquarters location include shared e-bikes for your commute, an on-site gym, two restaurants, language courses, learning and development training opportunities, tax insurance, financial guidance, child care, relocation and spousal support, and more.

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What you need is:

  • At least 3 years experiences in strategic procurement management, preferably in technical components with strong understanding of the industry
  • University master’s degree in engineering or related field is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in crafting and implementing strategies with limited information and by working with different stakeholders.
  • Experience in leading cost optimization and cross functional projects.
  • Proactive personality, open-minded, creative thinker yet pragmatic and hands-on with excellent communication skills at all levels in an organisation
  • You are fluent in English (verbally and written). Good knowledge of German or other languages is an asset.

Why should you apply?

If you are passionate, with high intrinsic motivation and are resilient and cannot wait to expand your professional horizon as “Sparring partner” of the Business Unit Head of Procurement, we look forward to receiving your application.

Does this sound like you? We look forward to your application! For further questions, please feel free to contact the hiring manager Heimo Wabnegger ( LinkedIn ), Head of Procurement Measuring Systems.

*For non-EU / EFTA citizens: Please state your eligibility status to work in Switzerland / Liechtenstein and note that if you do not own a valid Swiss / Liechtenstein work permit, Hilti cannot guarantee your final employment due to authority regulations.

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