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Global Category Manager, Professional Services (T&E, Financial, Consultancy, Legal, HR)

Date: Oct 18, 2021

Location: Leiden, North Holland, NL, 1221 JT

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description

The new IFF is a reimagined innovation partner to our customers. Our Company is a purpose-driven enterprise, uniquely positioned at the intersection of creativity, science, and innovation to shape the future of our industry and improve our world.

At IFF, the heart of our company is fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking “what if?” That passion for exploration drives us to co-create unique solutions & products ranging from scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents, and household goods, as well as beloved foods, beverages and health solutions. 

IFF is very excited to welcome a new Global Category Manager, Professional Services to our team, and we hope it’s you!

As the Global Category Manager, Professional Services, you will lead the global sourcing of services in  collaboration with regional procurement teams   and will work with stakeholders to ensure Global Procurement meets their expectations and ensure governance with GP policy for procuring indirect spend and services.

About You


In this role, you will develop the global category strategies, determine sourcing levers, and lead the execution in close conjunction with our regional teams. You will collaborate with IFF executives to assess company needs, define the supply market, and act as a bridge between the supply market and IFF stakeholders. You will also lead key sourcing initiatives and projects using established sourcing methodology and tools.


Your main responsibilities:

  • Develop Professional Service Category strategies including Consulting services, Financial Services, Marketing & Events, Business Travel etc to ensure that the strategy addresses the market differences between the various professional service practices. Manage the global spend, working with regional teams to ensure implementation of category strategy globally.
  • Develop the commercial framework to optimize costs. Own and manage an assigned spend portfolio. Initiate cost savings ideas and achieve indirect saving targets. Lead sourcing project team, conduct negotiations, execute strategic sourcing methodology. 
  • Assess supplier portfolio and manage within the SRM framework, including identifying the best potential providers for the various market segments. Determine stakeholders needs. Identify effective strategies and sourcing levers. Develop a plan of action and execute.
  • Develop a global supply base, especially for "boutique" needs; through external market analyses. Identify innovative capabilities and services within assigned category of spend and implement with internal stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement process improvements; for instance, identifying common needs that could be better addressed through internalizing capabilities. Establish Master Service Agreements and rates cards for more efficient process and lower overall costs.
  • Provide governance and oversight to ensure procurement policies/procedures are met. This role will ensure supply chain process is optimized and feasible in order to deliver sustainably on IM&S projects.
  • Acting as a liaison and sourcing adviser to the Regional Procurement Directors and business unit stakeholders. Manage relationships with the business units within the region and ensure compliance with budget and GP Policy. Engage stakeholders proactively as a business partner to improve demand management and application of best practices.
  • Work with internal business stakeholders to apply Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) program/protocols to suppliers in assigned portfolio. 

Job Requirements

•    Masters in Business, Engineering or any related field
•    Knowledge of Financial analysis, legal framework and business drivers
•    Minimum 7-8 years of relevant IM&S work experience as a (senior) buyer
•    3-5 years of strategic Sourcing experience in similar capacity
•    3 years of experience in Professional Services sourcing an advantage
•    Experience managing/leading cross-functional teams
•    Experience with SAP and Zycus
•    CPSM Certification

At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential.  We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace.  Visit to learn more about our Equality Policy…