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Regional Category Manager

Requisition ID:  21916
Job Location(s): 

Ames, IA, US Eden Prairie, MN, US Monterrey, MX

Job Description

Danfoss Procurement is looking for an experienced and self-driven Regional Category Manager with a strategic mindset to join our team within the Steel & Iron Casting category. Our ambition is to support the Danfoss growth journey by providing strategic procurement business insights to our matrix procurement colleagues and businesses. 

If you are passionate about setting new directions, creating strategies and developing relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers, this could be a truly exciting opportunity for you.

As our new Regional Category Manager, you will develop and implement the Category strategy for Steel & Iron Casting across the NAM region while developing strong relations with key internal and external stakeholders. You will be entrusted with the responsibility for managing a selected and small number of high spend suppliers that has high attention from Danfoss top management.

Job Responsibilities

This position will give you an exciting growth opportunity as you take on the challenge and define, implement, lead and coordinate category strategy activities in NAM. Among this, you will also: 

  • Accelerate cost-down impact from suppliers driving and executing a sustainable savings pipeline across all levers while utilizing cross-functional teams
  • Develop and implement supplier strategy for all suppliers within responsibility
  • Actively research trends within technology incl. how other industries impact the sub-category e.g. 3-D printing, supply, pricing, investments etc.
  • Take full and proactive responsibility for supplier performance 
  • Lead an effective supplier relationship management acting as the Danfoss key account and supplier development activities
  • Understand Danfoss business needs and the commodity market impacts  

Background & Skills

The ideal candidate possesses these skills:

  • 5+ years of category management experience within a Mechanical Engineering category while also having a strong commercial understanding, iron casting preferred
  • Must have solid direct category management experience from an international company – ideally managing high spend suppliers.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a Commercial or a Mechanical Engineering focus, Master’s degree preferred
  • Business talent and a personal drive, combined with a strong appetite for keeping momentum on strategic development of your category.  
  • You look for new ways of managing multiple suppliers and stakeholders, using your diplomatic, negotiation and networking skills without losing people on the way. A Proven track record of adding value with your ability to navigate safely in complex relations, while working both independently and within cross-functional teams. 
  • Must be proactive with a can-do attitude with high commitment to results and people relations. 
  • Must be willing to travel 10-30 days annually (mostly to domestic to visit suppliers and stakeholders)

Danfoss – Engineering Tomorrow

At Danfoss, we are engineering solutions that allow the world to use resources in smarter ways – driving the sustainable transformation of tomorrow. No transformation has ever been started without a group of passionate, dedicated and empowered people. We believe that innovation and great results are driven by the right mix of people with diverse backgrounds, personalities, skills, and perspectives, reflecting the world in which we do business. To make sure the mix of people works, we strive to create an inclusive work environment where people of all backgrounds are treated equally, respected, and valued for who they are. It is a strong priority within Danfoss to improve the health, working environment and safety of our employees.


Following our founder’s mindset ‘action speaks louder than words’, we set ourselves ambitious targets to protect the environment by embarking on a plan to become CO2 neutral latest by 2030.


Danfoss is an EO employer and VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.

Danfoss engineers advanced technologies that enable us to build a better, smarter, and more efficient tomorrow. In the world’s growing cities, we ensure the supply of fresh food and optimal comfort in our homes and offices, while meeting the need for energy-efficient infrastructure, connected systems, and integrated renewable energy.

Our solutions are used in such areas as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control, and mobile and industrial machinery.

Our innovative engineering dates back to 1933. Today, Danfoss holds market-leading positions, serving customers in more than 100 countries. We are privately held by the founding family.

 

Danfoss engineers advanced technologies that enable us to build a better, smarter, and more efficient tomorrow. In the world’s growing cities, we ensure the supply of fresh food and optimal comfort in our homes and offices, while meeting the need for energy-efficient infrastructure, connected systems, and integrated renewable energy.

Our solutions are used in such areas as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control, and mobile and industrial machinery.

Our innovative engineering dates back to 1933. Today, Danfoss holds market-leading positions, serving customers in more than 100 countries. We are privately held by the founding family.

 


Nearest Major Market: Ames
Nearest Secondary Market: Des Moines