Teamlead Category Manager - CoE Strategic (f/m/d)

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The position of Teamlead Category Manager - CoE Strategic (f/m/d) is currently open at Sonnen, a company committed to providing clean and affordable energy for all. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and executing the Sonnen Global Category Sourcing strategy for products, transportation, and services. They will lead a team of 5-6 Category Managers and manage one category, set strategic goals for operational efficiency and increased productivity, and analyze current operational processes and performance. The ideal candidate should have a Master's degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or comparable, 3-5+ years of experience in Program Management, Supply Chain Management experience with emphasis on sourcing and manufacturing, and proven leadership skills. Sonnen offers a flexible work environment, mental health and wellbeing offerings, and employee discounts on their electricity tariff, among other benefits.


  • Responsible for the development and execution of the Sonnen Global Category Sourcing strategy for products, transportation and services
  • Set strategic goals for operational efficiency and increased productivity
  • Analyze current operational processes and performance, recommending solutions for improvement when necessary
  • Responsible to deliver on the business Operating Plan for safety, quality, productivity, cash, on-time delivery, as well as single and sole source elimination across the supply base
  • Build global comprehensive strategic supplier relationships while also developing negotiation strategies to achieve stated goals and objectives including deflation & capacity
  • Drive supplier selection, development, and monitoring and overall supplier management in accordance with the broad sourcing strategy
  • Work closely with operations, technology and commercial leadership teams to ensure early supplier engagement, reduce enterprise risk as well as improve inventory turns, fulfillment and cost performance of the supply chain
  • Maximize efficiency, productivity and continuous improvement through extensive process analysis and interdepartmental and global collaboration
  • Drive 100% compliance to sourcing policy and procedures, supplier approval, competitive bidding, contract management and delegation of authority approval
  • Aggressively globalize the supply base to include local to local country focus, sufficient capacities optimize total landed cost-out across all commodities and services
  • Integrate and develop continuous improvement processes in the sourcing organization
  • Strong participation in Growth Budget planning, and Operating business plans
  • Drive sustainability and maximize the opportunities within categories


  • Masters degree in Engineering, Business Administration or comparable
  • 3-5+ years of experience in Program Management, Supply Chain Management experience with emphasis on sourcing and manufacturing
  • Proven leadership skills preferably leading & managing cross-functional teams. Strong team builder & humility emphatie
  • Demonstrated experience leading in a matrix global environment
  • Ability and desire to contribute to business direction, strategy & execution
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills, contract development & business law knowledge
  • Proven analytical skill set & strategic mind set
  • Highly motivated/results/metrics driven with demonstrated influencing skills
  • Must be a proactive self-starter & change agent
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills in English and German


  • Flexible working hours and option working mobile
  • Mental health and wellbeing offering for you and your family members
  • Free German, English as well as online yoga and body art courses
  • Soft drinks, fruits and cereals in our offices
  • Use of sports memberships (EGYM Wellpass, only €29.75/month) and discounts for other services and products
  • Employee discount on our electricity tariff
  • Regular team and company events
  • Leasing of company (e-)bikes with up to 40% discount
  • 30/1234567890 days annual vacation with increasing team membership
  • We love dogs! You too? Feel free to bring your fellow friend to our offices
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