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Global Category Manager

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Location: Drancy France
Job ID: R0018549
Date Posted: Nov 17, 2023
Segment: Astemo
Business Unit: Hitachi Astemo
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Management
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Ready to contribute to the future of the automotive industry?

We are part of Hitachi Astemo, focusing on world-leading advanced mobility solutions within the fields of electrification, autonomous driving, and connectivity to help reduce environmental damage, decrease traffic accidents, and improve comfort. Together, we contribute to a sustainable society and improved quality of life by providing mobility solutions that satisfy our customers and form the future core of automotive and motorcycle systems. Our people are at the heart of achieving these goals, and we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. 

Own the Future, become a part of the team and join our organization now as: Global Category Manager

Being part of Brake Business unit engineering team, which is developing different products & technologies related to advance braking systems & automatic parking brakes. The SW Model based implementation engineer who is in charge of defining and developing the control software part of electromechanical brakes and electromechanic parking brakes.

Job Purpose

Define, communicate and deploy the global purchasing strategy for his/her category Manage sourcing activities and ensure commercial supplier performance Provide market intelligence and manage supply base

Key Activities

Manage global category strategy

  • Define and build purchasing strategy for her/his category
  • Deploy strategy and objectives in the regions
  • Lead the elaboration of new ideas of savings with the team, ensure the execution of these ideas

Panel management – commercial supplier performance

  • Identify new suppliers, innovations, … scout the market globally
  • Develop and optimize global supplier panel
  • Build long-term relationship with suppliers
  • Lead projects to optimize supplier performance
  • Maintain and develop supplier networking globally
  • Negotiate with key account suppliers (contracts, …)
  • In charge of suppliers selection process in her/his respective category

Support plants

  • Support facilities in case of escalation requested

Team Management

  • Foster a climate of teamwork and motivation within the team by encouraging entrepreneurship mindset, professional development and growth of employees (assessment, training, coaching and mentoring).
  • Ensure the deployment of the company communication to the team
  • Ensure appropriate work environment for the team


Key Professional Competencies

  • Business & Finance acumen
  • Solid negotiation skills
  • Deep knowledge of purchasing and lean manufacturing in Automotive industry
  • Knowledge of the category and of supplier environment
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Team Management
  • Fluent English level

Key Personal Competencies

  • Strategy Understanding & Roll-out
  • Ownership & Accountability
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Influence & Persuasion
  • Communication & Presentation

Qualification & Experience

  • Bachelor/Master degree in Engineering, Business studies or equivalent
  • Strong experience in purchasing or any commercial area

About Hitachi Astemo Brake Business Unit

Our Brake Business Unit is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive braking solutions. Our products – disc brakes, drum brakes, electro-mechanical parking brakes and rotors – are dedicated to passenger cars, light commercial and two-wheeler vehicles through original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket distribution channels. We have a global footprint with operations in Europe, Asia, South Africa, North and South America.

At Hitachi Astemo, Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit are practiced values – we respect each other, never pass the buck and work creatively to accomplish our mission. Our people are given exciting opportunities to develop and grow in a truly international business, where they are proud to be part of a collaborative and innovative team. Diversity & Inclusion is valued to build and leverage an inclusive work environment and embrace diversity to unlock our full potential. We believe that this will give us the strength to drive great innovations to create new values for people, vehicles and the society, and to unlock our full potential to become a global leader in everything we do. 


Sound Interesting? Then we would like to get to know you. Apply online via our career site - we look forward to receiving your

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