Title:  Procurement Category Manager Marketing & Sales

Job ID:  93392
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Amstelveen
Professional area:  Procurement
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

Amstelveen, NL, 1181 RM


We are JTI, Japan Tobacco International, and we are present in 130 countries. We have spent years innovating, creating new and better products for the consumers to choose from. This is our business. But not only. Our business is our people. Their talent. Their potential. We believe that when they are free to be themselves, and they are given the opportunity to grow, travel and develop, amazing things can happen.

That’s why our employees, from around the world, choose to be a part of JTI. It is why 80% of employees feel happy working at JTI. And why we’ve been awarded Global Top Employer status, ten years running

So when you’re ready to choose a career you’ll love, in a company you’ll love, feel free to #JoinTheIdea. 

Learn more: jti.com

Job Title: Category Manager - Marketing and Sales

Contract type: Permanent, full-time
Location: Amstelveen, Netherlands
Professional area: Finance
Professional experience: Experienced


Procurement Category Manager - Marketing & Sales





Are you ready to join one of the most challenging FMCG sectors within an international company that offers a lot of opportunities for growth and development?
Are you passionate about working in the People and Culture department?
Then we have the perfect role for you. For our Team, we are looking for an independent, knowledgeable, and high-reaching full-time Category Manager - Marketing & Sales in the Netherlands.




 In this role you will manage the procurement activities for the relevant category/sub-category(ies) within your Cluster, following Global Category strategies and identified alternatives if required. This role has the following main dimensions:
- Manage the initiatives within the Cluster for identified sub-categories
- Participate in financial planning and deliver benefits/value within the perimeter of action
- Drive cost optimization and continuous improvement initiatives
- Apply Category Management principles, and coordinate implementation plans as per Cluster directions
- Ensure business connectivity and foster collaborative business partnerships with specific stakeholders
- Manage Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) in full coordination with Cluster and Category directions
- Role model in compliance and ethics
- Act as Global Indirect Procurement ambassadors in the home location.


In this position, you will:

  • be responsible for procurement activities of the assigned business sub-category(ies) within your Cluster. Roll out appropriate strategies set forth by the Cluster Category Manager, and provide sound direction for assigned sub-category(ies) as well as ensure close collaboration with all associated stakeholders. 
  • apply Category Management principles, and support the development and implementation of the local procurement plan as per Cluster directions.
  • work in close collaboration with Cluster Category Manager to provide Cluster insights during Global Strategy definition and ensure that the supplier list is managed efficiently & effectively.
  • participate in financial planning and deliver benefits/value within your perimeter of action
  • identify and manage the local/Cluster supplier pool. Negotiate strategic contracts and ensure optimum and sustainable supply conditions. Recommend timely strategic decisions where relevant to prevent procurement inefficiencies.
  • ensure security of supply and effective SRM throughout the supply chain, challenging status quo, proposing and running projects that added-value.
  • manage SRM in full coordination with Global/Regional/Cluster directions. Supports building of innovative & sustainable strategy with local suppliers and promotes any idea that could represent a competitive advantage for JTI.
  • lead and/or support supplier bidding processes in close cooperation with respective business partners to ensure the best combination of quality, cost, and service conditions for goods and services are attained.
  • ensure business connectivity and foster collaborative business partnerships with specific stakeholders. Demonstrate the value of business partnership by developing a customer-oriented approach and aligning strategy with key business partners ensuring it meets business priorities
  • conduct supply risk assessments, build contingency plans, find alternative ideas, solutions in securing the best conditions for JTI including extensive market research and proactive sourcing of innovative suppliers


•    University degree, preferably in Finance/ Supply Chain / Procurement
•    Minimum 3 years of experience in similar environment in a multinational company
•    Fluent English, other languages are an asset
•    Strategic thinking.
•    Analytical skills
•    Interpersonal skills, engagement of internal and external parties
•   Business environment knowledge
•    Decision-making and project management
•    MS Office, SAP



  At JTI we believe in the importance of a good work-life balance: we offer lots of opportunities for development and career progression – across functions and internationally. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why our employees stay on average an impressive nine years with us, and we have been certified as a Top Employer for over thirteen years now. Want to know more about how our employees rate us? Please visit https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/JTI-Japan-Tobacco-International-Reviews-E6359.htm

Next to a rewarding compensation package, we offer a range of other perks and benefits:

•    The opportunity to work 50% of your time outside of the office and 10 days abroad per year • Working from home equipment (e.g., chair, screen, mouse, and keypad)
•    25 vacation days + 9 so-called ADV days on full-time base
•    13th-month salary
•    Contribution-free pension
•    bonus scheme
•    Great development and training opportunities based on your ambitions and capabilities 
•    Different engagement activities such as dinners, drinks, social gatherings, parties etc.
•    Commuting allowance and working from home allowance
•    Business laptop and iPhone 
•    Unique Family leave policy (at least 20 weeks fully paid parental leave regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or the way of becoming parents)
Sounds interesting? We’d love to hear from you! To make it easier for you to apply, there is no need to upload a cover letter. Only your CV is enough because we wish to get to know you in person.

We will review all applications and make sure that every candidate receives a reply within 3 weeks after the application deadline. If we find your profile matches what we are looking for, one of our Talent Advisors from Warsaw will contact you as a first step.


JTI – Japan Tobacco International – is a leading international tobacco company with headquarters in Geneva. As part of the JT-Group, JTI sells its brands in more than 120 countries with around 48,000 employees in over 70 countries worldwide. 
JTI is committed to building a more sustainable future. If we are to achieve our targets, sustainability is to be in the approach of all our employees and our day-to-day decisions.
Find out more at www.jti.com, https://www.jti.com/europe/netherlands
JTI is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. We celebrate the differences that make us unique and strongly believe in a world where you have the freedom to express yourself. Where you can be proud and confident no matter who you are. A world in which we are all equal!
That’s why all applicants will receive fair consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, parental, or pregnancy. Want to know more about Diversity and Inclusion at JTI? Please visit https://www.jti.com/about-us/our-business/freedom-be-yourself
This is not your next career step, but you know someone who is a perfect fit? Please let us know!
JTI considers it important that this job vacancy is shared as much as possible. JTI, therefore, invites everyone to share this vacancy with people who might be interested and/or suitable for it. If this results in JTI hiring a suitable candidate, you can, under certain conditions, receive a referral bonus of 500 Euros, to be paid out in the form of vouchers. Want to know more about this bonus? Please contact Roy Blokvoort (at Roy.Blokvoort@jti.com) and ask for the conditions. This policy does not apply to recruitment agencies or recruitment consultants.


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