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Global Category Manager ODM's and Indirects

Company:  Ball Corporation

Belgrade, RS, 11070

Date:  Sep 7, 2022
Job Category:  Supply & Logistics
Req. ID:  22810

Do you want to work for a world-leading manufacturer who strives to build a better future through sustainability and innovation? Are you looking for a new challenge in a stable, fast-growing sector?


Join us, and build your career by helping us build the future.


We are a global leader in sustainable products with more than 21,000 team members worldwide. From infinitely recyclable aluminum cans, cups, and aerosol bottles, to aerospace solutions that enable our customers to have a deeper understanding of our planet and the universe. We produce all these incredible things with one unique purpose: crafting a better community, a better society, a better world.


Moreover, each of us has a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion which is the foundation of our culture of belonging. And everyone at Ball is an everyday champion, making a difference by doing what we love.


We lead with our heads and our hearts and combine innovative thinking with a spirit of resiliency that keeps us moving forward in a relentless pursuit of new ways to make life, and the world, better. Whether we’re developing packaging that’s infinitely recyclable or aerospace innovations. Because what we create may change, but what we will always make is a difference.



Primary purpose of the position


The primary responsibility of the Global Category Manager is to lead the full category management lifecycle process for large, global categories, including development of the detailed category management strategy and identification of opportunities.

This role will also own the category strategy implementation and execution activities, will define the annual goals, and will be the primary owner of the management of the supplier relationship process.  The position will work closely with their regional counterparts and stakeholders to ensure that the strategies are executed to the benefit of the company.   

Global Category Manager specific category responsibilities include:  ODM’s (other direct materials) purchase, MRO purchase, Freight category, Packaging category, CAPEX category. 


Key responsibilities include:


  • Leads the full category management lifecycle process for large, global categories including gathering, analyzing, and reporting on key market intelligence, developing a long-term, multi-year category strategy and development and evaluation of “go to market” strategies.
  • Leverages multiple sources of market intelligence and data to make data-informed decisions.
  • Develops a comprehensive view of the balance between supply and demand and actively monitors market conditions on an ongoing basis in order to make informed decisions.
  • Has responsibility for the development and evaluation of “go to market” strategies for global categories and can achieve creative commercial outcomes through negotiation planning and successful execution by directing cross functional teams of stakeholders
  • Able to work across business units and engage with Regional Category teams and leadership to facilitate positive outcomes for the organization
  • Leads the performance management process for global suppliers, including regular business reviews
  • Proactively reports progress against global sourcing goals/for the specified period
  • Interacts with and aligns with Global Business Leaders (Commercial, Operations, Engineering, Finance, IT), Regional Category Managers and regional leadership regarding category strategies and execution of global categories


Experience required:


  • Bachelor’s degree with master’s degree or advanced certification (e.g., MBA, CPM, CPSM, CPSC, PMP) preferred
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressively increasing responsibility in Sourcing, Category Management, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Management Consulting, or business-related operations in a global environment.
  • At least 4 years of experience with specific category(ies) is required
  • Deep understanding of category management, strategic sourcing, and supplier relationship management principles and application
  • Advanced financial analytical skills and experience in enhancing value through negotiations 
  • Strategic orientation, inquisitive, comfortable with ambiguity, and self-motivated to identify trends and improvement opportunities aligned with business objectives and strategic plans
  • Ability to build effective relationships, influence peers and key stakeholders, and built consensus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to tailor messages to the given audience, present information in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills with ability to extract key themes, determine root causes, develop creative solutions, and craft concise messages
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and multitask in a flexible, fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word skills is highly desired
  • Knowledge of current principles, practices, and methods pertaining to procurement 
  • Knowledge of analytics and market research methods
  • Knowledge of advanced negotiation tactics
  • Fluent English


Ball Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively encourage applications from everybody, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, faith, ability, or orientation.

Please note the advertised job title might vary from the job title on the contract due to local job title structure and global HR systems.

No agencies please.

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