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Regional Category Manager – Aalborg or Rotterdam

Do you want to be responsible for developing a regional category strategy and analyzing and categorizing patterns of spend to understand purchasing trends at the world’s leading maritime supplier of provisions and stores?

The Regional Category Manager is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and developing the relationship with the regional vendor community to create the best possible sourcing position for Wrist by considering total cost of ownership, price, quality, availability, and logistics. In addition to analyzing data patterns to ensure the assortments are optimal on global and regional levels within the Wrist group of companies and to manage our Global and Regional Assortments, the Regional Category Manager must be an expert in sourcing activities and have a strong understanding of category management, especially in a Matrix organization.

Physical location for the job function will either be in Nørresundby/Aalborg in Denmark or in Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Become a part of our Regional Category Management team, with high focus on project management

With reference to the Regional Procurement Manager, Lasse Hedeman, you will become part of our strong European Category Management team. Your key responsibility will be to initiate sourcing projects and maintain and develop procurement SOPs within the respective area, while analyzing and categorizing patterns. You will focus on project management, with primary attention to strategic sourcing.

More specifically, your key responsibilities will be to

  • Define and execute the regional procurement and category strategies for assigned categories.
  • Develop the regional category strategy, including objectives and targets, and execute on global category strategies previously agreed on with global category managers based in Denmark.
  • Analyze and categorize patterns of spend to understand purchasing trends.
  • Monitor commodity costs and indices and communicate opportunities for favorable spot-buys or margin increases to internal stakeholders.
  • Use advanced and proven fact-based negotiation tools/techniques such as cost breakdowns, should cost build up, e-auctions, BATNA, Anchoring etc.
  • Run and initiate sourcing projects, incl. searching, developing, and maintaining relationships with existing vendors. Identify new sources of supply.
  • Drive saving initiatives by constantly testing the market with RFX activities and e-auctions.
  • Negotiate sustainable contracts with focus on price, quality, availability, and logistics and develop vendor relationships to maximize cooperation with strategic suppliers.
  • Communicate with the organization (sales, purchasing) to understand consumer patterns, as well as insights provided by suppliers. Translate the data into new products or/and new vendors.
  • Optimize assortments and COGS throughout the organization by leading the definition, item alignment, merge preparation, and roll out of global and regional assortment programs as part of category management.
  • Ensure best practices are shared and deployed between regional networks of offices and the global procurement team.
  • Maintain and develop procurement SOPs within the respective area.
  • Some travelling activities can be expected in connection with visiting fairs and vendors.

Personality matters

As a person, you are trustworthy, resilient, and possess a high level of business acumen to generate tangible value for the customers and Wrist. Furthermore, you convey verbal and written information using effective techniques and approaches that promote clarity, teamwork, and efficiency. You apply active listening to foster strong working relationships with others, both internally and externally. You cooperate and work constructively with others to accomplish common goals and objectives and treat others with respect and dignity by valuing the contributions of everyone.

Qualifications & requirements
Preferably, you have an educational background within business on Bachelor level with at least 7 years of demonstrated experience within procurement and strategic sourcing. Moreover, we expect you to have the following qualifications:

  • Ethics - Display the highest levels of integrity, honesty, respect, and sound judgment.
  • Accountability - Take ownership of own actions, decisions, and contributions as an individual contributor and team member within the organization.
  • Customer Service Orientation - Provide helpful, courteous, accessible, responsive and knowledgeable support to staff, clients, and others.
  • Organizing - Use resources effectively and efficiently, arrange information and data in a useful manner, assemble and orchestrate resources to get things done.
  • Quality - Complete tasks in accordance with quality standards and requirements relevant to the company, industry, and specific to the job function, and enforce the same standard of quality within the department.
  • Problem Solving - Identify potential issues, source for appropriate solutions by looking beyond the obvious and apply effective methods for solving problems to support the business objectives.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity - Cope with change effectively, shift gears with ease, as well as handle risk and uncertainty comfortably.
  • Technical Knowledge – Display competence and proficient working knowledge, skill, and ability in carrying out procurement activities, understand complex sourcing related tasks, and display proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and general utilization of enterprise purchase software modules (eRFPs and e-auctions)

We offer more than just a job

We wish to be the best at what we do, and everything we do is based on our values of “Winning Attitude, Customer Orientation, and Getting it Done”.

We offer flexible working hours and numerous employee benefits, counting a healthy canteen, take away, free fruit, and fitness facilities. Wrist supports local elite sports, offering tickets to home games. You can expect free parking and access to Clever EV charging stations. Moreover, we have an active employee association that invites us all to play paddle, badminton, and board games etc. and to join the yearly DHL relay race.

Do you want to be part of Wrist?

Please send your application and CV marked Regional Category Manager to no later than 10th of December. Starting date is beginning 2024.

For more details or questions, feel free to contact Lasse Hedeman, Regional Procurement Manager at or phone No. +4522851071.

About Wrist 

Wrist is the world’s leading ship and offshore supplier of marine provisions and stores with a market share of approximately 12%.

With the launch of the digital marketplace, Source2Sea, Wrist is leading the digital transformation of the marine supply industry. All year round, we offer 24/7 global online sourcing and logistics, providing data transparency, automation, and convenience to our customers.

We continuously work on reducing our climate impact while at the same time proactively addressing our customers’ growing demand and need for responsible solutions and services.

From more than 30 locations worldwide, in all major shipping locations, 1,800 Wrist employees take pride in making it easy for our customers to order and receive marine supplies and services.