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Global Procurement Category Manager (Hydrocolloids & Additives)

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Leiden/Oestgeest, South Holland, NL, 2342 BH

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description


The Global Category Manager is responsible to develop and maintain a strategy to source a competitive and cost-effective global portfolio of raw materials across all manufacturing plants in their category. This portfolio will include materials sourced globally, with a common supply base and similar market forces.  

You will be accountable for the management of raw material costs and performance of your portfolio, including establishing the sourcing strategy and setting strategic objectives, while optimizing the supplier portfolio. Additionally, you will manage relationships with key suppliers, ensure alignment with IFF business objectives, and participate on Category teams to align sourcing strategies with global, regional, and local business needs. 

The job function requires global external interactions with suppliers and extensive market/network knowledge. In addition, it requires extensive internal interaction with key functions including Regulatory, R&D, Quality, Creation & Application, Commercial, and Technical Program leads. This position contributes to key company, functional and global business strategies, and cost initiatives, directly impacting IFF’s margins.




  • Develop global category strategies for assigned categories and sub-categories to ensure raw material supply, manage costs, and capture savings. Implement strategies within the portfolio, driving results and achieving strategic objectives.
  • Execute a disciplined application of IFF’s strategic sourcing methodology.
  • Understand and apply the principals of SRM within the category.
  • Optimization and continuous improvement in raw material quality and service through collaboration with Creation & Application, Operations, and Quality in support of corporate service, sustainability, and quality goals.
  • Provide continuous impactful communication to stakeholders.
  • Reduction of working capital through payment term negotiation and collaboration with Planning group on vendor managed inventory and vendor-based planning initiatives.
  • Alignment with Responsible Sourcing Team on Supplier and ingredient risk assessment.  Ensure assigned suppliers complete Ecovadis and/or SEDEX assessments.




  • Bachelor, or Masters Degree in Business, Economics, science/engineering, supply chain or equivalent experience 
  • CPSM or SPSM or related certfication in supply chain or procurement excellence
  • Expertise in ERP (SAP, Oracle..)
  • Recognized expert in the procurement area of responsibility with product depth and contacts in key supply markets for raw materials (> 7 years)
  • Related supply chain experience in the space operating around raw materials, suppliers, supplier relationship management and supply chain best practices (> 7 years)
  • Strong knowledge of business practices and financial concepts/impact/analyses (> 7 years)
  • Strong people skills, project management and experience in cross-functional teams
  • Strong communication and presentation skills 
  • Fluent oral and written skills in English language (French, Spanish, or Arabic is a plus)