IBM is seeking highly motivated and experienced individuals with 5-8+ years sourcing and procurement experience to join their team of procurement professionals. Specifically, we are seeking to fill the role of a Packaging Category Manager. The Category Manager leads sourcing and procurement projects using competitive techniques and/or negotiation(s) to select and contract with goods and service providers in Packaging and services on behalf of their clients. In addition, Packaging category knowledge is required. The role also creates industry and category insights to assist in the development of the client’s category & sourcing strategy. To be clear, this is a procurement role, not a packaging manager role. Category Manager responsibilities and preferred requirements include, but are not limited to:Category ExpertiseExperience in the purchase of goods and services related to Packaging Procurement. Keen understanding of plant business needs and how procurement can partner to increase speed to value and cost savings. Detailed market knowledge and Packaging thought leader capable of identifying areas of opportunity to drive cost/process improvement and/or increase category maturity.Specific subcategories include: Glass, Metal, Flexibile, Injection Molding, Thermoforming, Composite Cans, Corrugated, Cartons, Labels & Casings. Contracting Knowledge Knowledge and experience in delivery and pricing models for Packaging providers. Experience working with top Packaging suppliers and how to spot value and risks in these contracts.Procurement ExperienceExperience in development of Requests for Proposals (RFP), bidding, and tendering of; Packaging suppliers.Client Facing SkillsAbility to maintain professionalism in communications with all levels of client stakeholders. Experience being in a client facing role. Ability to deliver high quality project deliverables on time and with the level of attention to detail the client expects. Proven ability to make/show progress by proactively making decisions and taking action. Client Relationship ManagementProven techniques and the ability to establish and maintain healthy working relationships with Clients. Experience dealing with challenging stakeholders and clients to meet and exceed expectations.Effective CommunicationsUnderstanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.InfluencingKnowledge of effective influencing tactics and strategies; ability to impact decisions within and outside own organization. Experience driving on-time results on projects with moving targets and disperse stakeholder groups.Effective PresentationsKnowledge of effective presentation tools and techniques; ability to present information to groups with the appropriate degree of formality.Data Analysis Ability to utilize data to sort through and analyze enterprise data in order to gain greater insight into trends within a business, industry and Client’s spend.Accuracy and Attention to DetailAbility to process information with high levels of accuracy with a high level of detail.Business AcumenKnowledge of business concepts, tools, and processes that are needed for making sound decisions in the context of the company's business; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.Strategic ThinkingUnderstanding of the importance of "big picture" thinking and planning and ability to apply organizational acumen to identify and maintain focus on key success factors for the organization.Purchasing Tasks and Activities Knowledge of policies, regulations and processes of purchasing; ability to use practices and procedures for procurement of materials, components, equipment and services.Strategic SourcingKnowledge of strategic sourcing methods, technologies and processes; ability to analyze, improve and re-evaluate organizational procurement process continuously. Knowledge and ability to utilize project management skills to document and drive compliant processes within the procurement cycle.MS OfficeStrong knowledge and proficiency of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, etc.)Baseline Creation & Savings AnalysisKnowledge of and ability to create baseline and savings analysis for procurement project. Also, knowledge of savings methodologies and how to calculate savings for each methodology.PLEASE NOTE; TO BE ABLE TO APPLY YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO LIVE IN THE NETHERLANDSArbeidsvoorwaardenYou will receive a contract for the period of the project.ZZP welcome!