Category Manager for Injection Moulding, Direct Procurement


Humlebæk, DK

Job Family:  Supply & Logistics
Country/Region:  Denmark


Are you passionate about category management and strategic supplier management? Can you picture yourself in a small, informal, and highly professional strategic procurement team working to unlock commercial potential and bring value to a purpose driven business within a challenging direct spend area?


If yes, then you are the Category Manager we are looking for. Put your drive and desire for creating results to the test and play an integral part in executing on and ensuring the success of our Procurement ambition. 


About the department
At Coloplast, you will join 28 experienced and engaged colleagues in Corporate Procurement at our HQ in Humlebæk. Here, you will be part of the Direct Procurement team consisting of Category Mangers and report directly to the Head of Injection Moulding for Direct Spend, Corporate Procurement. You will join a sub-team consisting of 3 highly skilled Category Managers and supported by corporate functions such as Lead negotiators, Partnership Managers for pipeline projects. We work closely with our procurement colleagues located in Hungary, Costa Rica, and China. Here, you will play a key role in our continued efforts to bring value to the organization.


The position
As Category Manager your primary focus is to drive and execute commercial and strategic aspects of assigned suppliers within Injection Moulding. The Injection Moulding category is a significant category for Coloplast, whereas you will be a part of a team sharing the total category responsibility. We strive to be a valued partner for the business, always taking their needs and input into account when seeking solutions and opportunities with our external suppliers.


Your main responsibilities will be to:


  • Source, negotiate, and optimize cost for your suppliers. This includes working closely with the line of business such as in R&D, Engineering, Capacity and Commissioning, Quality, and Product Support to define business requirements, diligently evaluate cost drivers, and be responsible for supplier selection processes.
  • Be responsible for strategic supplier relationship management including facilitating Global Management Business Reviews with your suppliers, and to drive the yearly Category Planning process within the category.
  • Work with development and implementation of sourcing activities and strategic initiatives for your suppliers. As a team we are responsible for the strategy and future direction for Injection Moulding and alignment of direction across all injection moulding suppliers (including resins and tools). 
  • Update and ensure the appropriate contractual terms and conditions are in place with your suppliers to ensure continuous improvement, seamless supply, and quality at the most optimal conditions.
  • Conduct relevant change management activities to ensure that your results are anchored in the organization.
  • Manage the needs and expectations of your stakeholders to obtain results with our suppliers, while ensuring compliance to procurement standards in alignment with procurement- and category strategy.
  • Lead or participate in ad hoc projects, strategic initiatives, and planning activities within Corporate Procurement.


The right candidate for us is someone with a foundation in Procurement, stakeholder minded, and with a strong commercial acumen. You will be working cross functionally with a wide array of stakeholders on multiple levels where you represent the commercial agenda and owner of the supplier relationship. 
We expect you to be able to grasp the details, while maintaining the bigger strategic picture. Moreover, you think both innovatively and can take the lead on commercial activities where required. With your result-driven approach, you like to challenge the status quo using your curiosity and excitement.


Furthermore, we imagine that you: 


  • Are structured, data driven, and can convert information into a clear communication to stakeholders at multiple levels, verbally as well as in presentation format
  • Have a strategic mindset and plans for the future
  • Great stakeholder management skills
  • Have solid negotiation skills and contract knowledge with a proven track record of results
  • Have category management experience 
  • Potentially already have a background with sourcing of injection moulding, extrusion, tools and/or resins
  • Hold a relevant Master’s degree, e.g. Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Business or similar
  • Are proficient in English both written and verbally
  • Have the ability to travel up to 25 travel days per year


At Coloplast, we welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates because we believe that our different perspectives, backgrounds, and attitudes are what enable us to make the best decisions for Coloplast and meet the needs of the wonderfully diverse marketplace we operate in.

If you have questions or are curious for more information, then please do not hesitate to contact Head of Injection Moulding, Corporate Procurement, Maria Karlebo on +45 4911 1649. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.


Pursuing an ambitious growth agenda, Coloplast develops and markets products and services that make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs. Employing about 16.000 people and with products available in more than 143 countries, we are one of the world´s leading medical device companies. We are constantly growing our business and always looking for new ways to move forward – we explore, learn and look for new ways of doing things.


Coloplast is committed to being an inclusive organization, where people bring their differences to work each day, fulfil their potential and have a strong sense of belonging because – and not despite – of their differences. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief or physical ability.


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