Regional Category Manager

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Location Nederland, TX, USA
Sector Category Management
Hours 40 hrs/week
Working model Office based

The category manager role is crucial for strategic procurement operations within the organization. Responsibilities include conducting market research, developing category strategies, managing supplier relationships, negotiating contracts, and ensuring compliance. The ideal candidate should have a master's degree in business or engineering with at least 5 years of experience in category management and sourcing, along with project management and communication skills.

Your scope of responsibility

  • Performing supply market research / identifying possible new suppliers
  • Developing and continuously finetuning of category strategy by
  • Analyzing internal business need (by using info of right stakeholders)
  • Defining external supply market possibilities
  • Identifying potential added value within category (e.g. cost savings or green supply)
  • Agreeing on approach to capture that added value
  • Implementing category strategy (after approval by stakeholders) w.r.t. sourcing and framework contract management
  • Realising added value for the business (e.g. cost savings or green supply
  • Creating program of requirements (PoR, also known as Scope of Work (SOW))
  • Developing and executing sourcing strategy
  • Setting selection and awarding criteria to assess suppliers and their proposals
  • Developing RFP’s and supplier long list
  • Assessing proposals
  • Negotiating with suppliers
  • Creating framework contracts
  • Registering, implementing and managing framework contracts (or – in some cases – delegating this to someone else)
  • Monitoring usage of and compliance with framework contracts
  • Internally, e.g. monitoring / approving off-contract spend of stakeholders
  • Externally, e.g. monitoring supplier performance and developing suppliers
  • Managing supplier relationships (related to categories and framework contracts), including preparing and executing QBR’s with strategic suppliers
  • Contributing to the realization of profitable business opportunities within OCI that require tailor- made solutions within one or more categories (e.g. transportation solution for certain products)
  • Selecting the right team members (also outside of Procurement, i.e. cross-functional)
  • Leading the team according to plan
  • Informing and influencing stakeholders
  • Getting alignment
  • Getting approval for category strategy
  • Contributing to annual Procurement plan (suggestions for as well as execution of)
  • Reporting progress, planning, risks and issues during execution
  • Improving the process (sourcing and related processes)
  • Benchmarking across OCI entities and with other companies

What you bring to OCI

Education, Experience, and/or Training

  • Master’s degree in business administration or engineering required (preferably with SCM or Procurement as major)
  • Knowledge / experience in category management and sourcing required, at least 5 years, preferably at international company
  • Project management skills and experience required (for managing sourcing projects)
  • (Supplier) contract management skills and experience required
  • Thorough subject matter expertise required in categories that are relevant for OCI


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Communicating & presenting
  • Persuading
  • Achieving results
  • Adapting and reacting to change
  • Influencing skills
  • Deciding & taking action
  • Teamwork & supporting
  • Forming strategies & concepts
  • Planning & organizing


OCI offers a comprehensive, first-class benefits package.  These benefit plans provide a wide range of benefits and protection for the employees and their families.  Full-time employees are eligible for medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance coverage upon hire.  OCI also offers a 401(k) program with a company matching benefit and an extra 3% Safe Harbor match.  Full-time employees of OCI receive paid holidays, a floating holiday to celebrate diversity, PTO, as well as many other programs such as paid parental leave and educational reimbursement.

About OCI

Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, OCI N.V. is a leading global producer and distributor of ammonia, fertilizers and methanol products providing fertilizers, lower carbon fuels, and chemical feedstocks to agricultural, transportation, and industrial customers around the world.

We are the largest hydrogen producer and consumer in the Netherlands. We are proud of our long history of reducing our emissions and throughout the whole world sustainable projects are being developed.

OCI operates facilities in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the US and distributes its products worldwide.

Our nitrogen fertilizers are essential for global food security, our fuel solutions help decarbonize road transport and the maritime sector and our chemical products end up in thousands of everyday products. We have approximately 4,100 employees. The company is publicly traded on the Euronext in Amsterdam.