Global Category Manager - Secondary Packaging

SABMiller - Zürich Area, Switzerland

Posted 826 days ago
  • Experience
    Mid-Senior level
  • Job function
    Supply Chain
  • Employment type
  • Industry
    Food & Beverages
  • Job ID

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Job description

Key Purpose Statement

Develop and execute Global Category and Supplier Management Strategy for Secondary Packaging, including Labels, Corrugate & CartonBoard Packaging. Lead tender-negotiation-contract processes for the categories at senior management level.

Align and deliver the regional execution of the Global Strategy through a network of Regional Category Managers in Europe, South Africa, Africa, LatAm, Asia & Australia.



Organisational Context

The Global Category Manager Corrugate & CartonBoard will report to the Global Category Director, Secondary Packaging.  Key to the success of the role will be the ability to manage category management and work with the wider global, regional, local procurement organisation as well as with regional and local x-functional stakeholders to provide a continuous strong, professional service to SABMiller.



Key Dimensions

The Global Category Manager will be responsible for providing:

  • Category strategy development and execution. Lead Regional Category Managers and support Category Director in developing the global category strategy and in optimizing category leverage across the regions.
  • TCO modelling and value chain analysis, regional industry and supplier analyses.
  • Budget, Mandate and PF price guidelines for own categories.
  • Category strategy updates for Trinity Management and SABMiller Europe & Asia.
  • Risk Management of paper based commodity exposures.
  • Supplier Management - Supplier segmentation for own suppliers.
  • Align suppliers to deliver upon SABMiller Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing targets.

Outputs and Accountabilities


The Role

The role is to provide broad category procurement expertise, manage suppliers and lead the development and implementation of global category and supplier strategies ensuring that global procurement leverages scale and efficiencies, and manages risk appropriately.


Key Responsibilities

1) Strategy:

Under the guidance of the Category Director, develop and implement Global Corrugate & CartonBoard category strategies  

2) Operation:

Implement a robust process to professionally select, monitor and manage suppliers

3) Team:

Develop strong teamwork with the rest of Trinity, with local and regional procurement and x-functional teams


Desired Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Experience Required

Degree level education preferred and related procurement qualifications are an advantage

A “Self-starter” with a high level of curiosity, preferably gained within the packaging category

Previous experience in Corrugate & CartonBoard categories or similar packaging products is an advantage

Theoretical and practical knowledge and experience of the full range of Procurement & Supply Chain tools

Experience in supply chain/supply management/value optimization

Ability to effectively operate in different cultural settings/teams

Proven expertise in managing cross-functional

Consistent financial target delivery


Skills and Attributes Required

Able to understand and interpret strategic plans focused both on external and internal trends

Strong influencing and change management skills

Good communicator & relationship management skills across all levels within and external to the organisation, with personal gravitas and credibility. English fluency essential, and additional language skills will be an advantage.

Good understanding and preferably experience in assignments driving both significant top-            and bottom-line impact

Customer focussed mind-set and approach. Very result- and delivery-oriented

Proactively challenging status quo and seeking pragmatic, practical solutions

Overall business understanding and holistic skill-sets

Finance and budget management literate, analytical and numerical

Demonstrable problem solving skills with an ability to manage complexity and ambiguity

Excellent self-management practices, structured and process-oriented

Proactive, energetic and committed

Flexible, adaptable and pragmatic

About this company


Trinity Procurement GmbH (“Trinity”) was formed to manage the global procurement activities of SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests and sales and distribution agreements spanning six continents.  Located in Steinhausen in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland, Trinity creates value for its customers and investors through excellence in procurement across an extensive range of commodities and components, including brewing materials, packaging materials, capital equipment, marketing materials and other assets and business consumables and services.


Whilst the operation is centred in Zug and Trinity will provide the strategic leadership of the business, the organisation also comprises three regional teams dispersed across the international customer and supplier network. Forming part of the overall international matrix structure, these teams are located in Johannesburg (South Africa), Bogotá (Colombia) and Baar (Switzerland).  When fully established, the business is expected to employ in excess of 120 staff, representing a highly complex, multi-cultural workforce comprised, in many instances, of international leaders in their procurement field. Trinity will be characterised by its intellectual and analytical rigour, strategic focus backed up by executional excellence and relentless drive for value creation for its customers.  


The creation of the required structures to support this global procurement organisation and to develop the optimal sourcing strategies is now well underway.  A critical component of this focuses on securing, retaining and developing the required talent referred to above and developing and embedding an appropriate employment infrastructure and culture to underpin the fulfilment of the company’s highly demanding goals.

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