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Category Manager

Are you a seasoned procurement professional ready to pursue new and exciting challenges? This might be the position you've been looking for!


Valmet's Automation Systems business line (AS BL) is now looking for a skilled, experienced and enthusiastic Category Manager for its Global Procurement function.


You will have a key role in managing one of our global procurement categories. The main contents of your category are:

  • ESS (Extended Scope of Supply): Project specific (non-standard offering) goods and services used in AS BL projects such as instrumentation and electrification or installation work.

  • Electromechanical Assemblies: Automation system cabinet mechanics and assembly work, including the related 3rd party items such as cable assemblies or power supply units.

The key responsibilities and tasks in this role include:

  • Controlling, optimizing and developing the category supplier network

  • Planning and executing project specific sourcing actions

  • Defining and implementing category strategy in collaboration with several stakeholder groups

  • Managing supplier relationships and supplier contracts

  • Leading supplier negotiations

  • Supporting Sales organization in the project sales phase

  • Securing desired availability, quality and cost level

  • Harvesting long-term cost savings

  • Reporting your progress on agreed KPIs related to savings, quality and capacity

You will report to the Director, Global Procurement and be located in Tampere, Lentokentänkatu.




To succeed in this position, you need to be result oriented and business driven. You find negotiations inspiring and are a confident negotiator in both English and Finnish.


In addition, we believe that you have the following background, competencies and abilities:

  • (Master's) Degree in Engineering or Economics

  • Several years of experience in Procurement

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Solid IT skills, especially Microsoft Excel

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • You understand the importance of procurement in total cost reduction and margin improvement

  • Ability to lead and influence cross-functional teams in global matrix organizations

  • Fluency in Finnish and English, both written and spoken

  • Willingness to travel


We offer:


In return, we provide you an interesting and challenging position in our skilled and committed Global Procurement team. In addition to your local business line role, you will also be a member of Valmet's global procurement community with colleagues all around the world. You will work in a global business environment with excellent possibilities for personal competence development. In this role you can directly contribute to the company's success and be in a remarkable role in implementing our strategy.


Additional information:


For further information, please contact Ville Litmo (Director, Global Procurement), available on Friday 16th September from 9.30 until 11.00, mob. O5O 317 3649 or by email: firstname.lastname(a)


To apply for the position, please complete our on-line application form by 26th September 2022. In addition to the general questionnaire, please provide your CV accompanied with your salary request.


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Category Manager

Kokopäiväinen, Vakituinen

Julkaistu 27.09.2022

Yrityksen liikevaihto: 
Yli 100 000 000 €

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