Vacancies Category Manager (m/f)
Surface Solutions Segment | Balzers


Category Manager (m/f)

Business Units Industrial Solutions and Automotive

You will support the Head of Procurement in the definition of the category and purchasing strategy for all kind of electrical/electronical parts for the global market. You bring an analytical mindset with strong communication skills to achieve contractual agreements within the category.



  • Evaluates and defines category & purchasing strategy for all kind of electrical/electronical parts
  • Manages the assigned category spend of around 15M CHF p.a.
  • Negotiate all major framework agreements within the category
  • Participates in development teams for new products, services and solutions (R&D, IT)
  • Optimizes net-working capital under consideration of availability of the parts and optimizes the stock value
  • Ensures complete Master Data Management for procurement in the category
  • Builds up an efficient reporting system
  • Defines and monitors targets related to the category
  • Support use of eProcurement systems and ensures full evaluation of potential opportunities
  • Supports the project buyers
  • Reports to the Head of Procurement


We expect

  • Technical education or background required
  • University degree in engineering or related technical studies is an advantage
  • Ideally min. 3 years work experience in procurement, project buying or category management in a global organization
  • Deep know-how for electrical/electronical parts in Easter Europe & Asia a plus
  • Experience in international process and project management
  • Ability to create strong contractual agreements with minimum of legal assistance
  • Very good communication skills in German and English
  • Proactive and persistent character with a positive mind-set and integrative personality
  • Strong analytical skills with a structured way of working and hands-on mentality
  • Expected willingness to travel worldwide, especially Eastern Europe & Asia (ca. 25%)


We offer

  • A place among an international workforce of motivated, creative, and well-trained people with a high degree of initiative
  • Challenging position with potential for future development
  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • The professional advantages of an environment that supports your development and recognizes you achievements



About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in sur-face solutions, advanced materials and materials pro-cessing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 13 500 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.7 billion in 2015. The company invested CHF 103 million in R&D in 2015 and has over 1 350 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.

The Oerlikon Surface Solutions Segment includes the two brands Balzers and Metco. Oerlikon Balzers is a world leading supplier of surface technologies that significantly improve the performance and durability of components and tools. Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces with coating solutions and equipment, materials, and services. The segment operates a network of more than 145 facilities with over 140 coating centers in 35 countries. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team.

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Sandra Verling
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