Location: (Moodiesburn, UK or Jilemnice, Czech Republic)
Team: Supply Chain
Position type: Permanent
Package: NA
Employment requirements: Due to local restrictions, applications will only be considered from candidates who already hold a permanent right to work in the location stated above.

Category Manager – Chemicals

At SARIA Food & Pharma, our activities are characterized by connected value chains, decades of shared market expertise and a unifying spirit of innovation to continuously develop our people and our products.

Van Hessen, Devro and Bioiberica use animal raw materials to create their wide range of products, which are ubiquitous and universal, but anything but ordinary. With a complementary portfolio of casings for the sausage industry that includes natural and collagen-based casings, Devro and Van Hessen are leading product experts in their industry. The global life science company Bioiberica produces active ingredients for humans, animals and plants, from starting material it receives from Van Hessen.

We create the added layer of value with our products and services, improve the well-being of all by taking life science further and combine our attention to detail with the extraordinary, because it all matters.

The opportunity

Within this new department you will be responsible to take the lead to set up and maintain Global Category Management for the category Chemicals. In this role you will ensure we fully utilise our global buying power and category strategies, and contracts are completely implemented while ensure we meet all Business Unit specific requirements. While you are setting up Global Category Management for your responsible category in parallel you will work closely with the Head of Procurement and other Global Category Managers to develop and implement Global Category Management, tools, standards, policies, and processes.

Reporting directly to the Head of Procurement Food and Pharma, you will collaborate closely with the other Global Category Managers and the Procurement Managers from the other business units that are divided over 5 different continents, leveraging each other's strengths to drive collective success.


  • Development of a clearly defined global sourcing and contracting approach which aligns with the requirements of key stakeholders.
  • Ensuring we conduct business according to the most competitive condition with our suppliers and that those conditions are fully utilised by all relevant Business Unit.
  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining of a ‘One SARIA Food & Pharma Global Category Strategy" including standards guidelines, processes and policies that are in line with Business Unit specific requirements.
  • Motivate and coach local teams to successfully execute the global strategy, driving a culture of positivity through continuous improvement, solid negotiation capabilities, Supplier Relations Management and development of Procurement team category knowledge.
  • Development and implementation of appropriate Global Category Strategy that cost effectively ensures security of supply. Provide a thorough understanding of the supplier, their suppliers, the market dynamics, fundamentals and drivers.
  • Together with the Heads of Procurement create and implement a robust reporting structure at Business Unit and Divisional level to manage the Category performance and compliancy.
  • Responsible to indicate and drive Global Sourcing and Contracting projects and ensure they are implemented and followed by the Business Units.
  • Material Qualification, which ensures assessment of appropriate new material/equipment sources in a timely manner while managing the risk to Customers and wider business relationships.
  • Accountable for ongoing supplier relationship management within your category, including expectation setting, monitoring, review, continuous improvement and influence supplier investment, technology development and use of supplier resources to directly benefit SARIA Food & Pharma in innovation and cost savings.

About you

  • Degree qualified in an appropriate field, complimented by a postgraduate or professional qualification such as CIPS.
  • Demonstrable experience of Strategic Category Management within your responsible category and across multiple countries is advantageous
  • Ability to lead, motivate and develop teams that are remote, and matrix managed.
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management, with significant influencing and negotiation skills
  • Direct and indirect procurement, including sourcing strategy, supplier selection, negotiation, contracting, contract implementation and compliance management.
  • This opportunity presents a unique opportunity to contribute to the establishment of the SARIA Food & Pharma Global Category Department while working closely with colleagues from different Business Units all over the world.

What’s next?

If this sounds like a role that you would be interested in, we would love to hear from you.  To apply, please e-mail a copy of your CV, along with a cover letter explaining the key attributes you could bring to the role. We would also recommend you speak with your manager to discuss your interest prior to submitting your application.

Email address for applications: linsey.adair@devro.com

Closing Date: 19/05/2024

Please note, closing dates are subject to change and, at times of high volume of applications, this may be brought forward.

Important to us:

We believe it takes diversity of thought, culture, background, and perspective to create a truly innovative company. If you require any adjustments to be able to pursue an application with us, please let our Recruitment team know.  

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