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Global Category Manager (m/f/d) – Electronic Components and Drives

Operations | Herford, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Xylem zīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) A leading global water technology company.

Xylem is a global water technology company with over 16.000 employees, dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues. We are the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you! For more information, please visit us at

The role:

Global Category Manager (m/f/d) – Electronic Components and Drives

As Global Category Manager of Electronic Components & Drives, you will be responsible for developing and executing Strategic global sourcing strategies. You will execute and own the global category strategy and tactics required to support all Xylem Business units & Growth Centers and will manage 2 regional Category Manager’s located in India and the APAC regions. In this role it is expected to have excellent leadership, organization, project management, communication and negotiation skills with a solid understanding of procurement / sourcing and category management methodologies. Also being a strong negotiator with the ability to drive value for business partners and suppliers and display strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative / integrative style of working to accomplish objectives. Finally, you have the ability to influence and actively shape strategy along with a proven track record of building credible, reliable, customer focused sources of supply across multiple regions and multiple business units.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Developing and executing best-in-class sourcing strategies for your category including developing strategies for 2nd tier spend with contract Manufacturing suppliers. 
  • Being responsible for complete supply base management of key KPI’s; Productivity, Supplier Quality, Delivery, Working Capital, Risk Management, VAVE, Continuous Improvement and Sustainability & Diversity.   
  • Developing key partnerships with our preferred suppliers for global legacy and NPD spend covering all growth centers.
  • To maintain an effective supply chain consistently that provides our manufacturing facilities with quality material per specification. 
  • Partnering with growth center procurement leaders, R&D & Engineering (key stakeholders) when developing overall Category Strategies.      
  • Predicting future global trends and disruptions within the Industry.  Must work horizontally to stay abreast with changing technology and demand.   Have clear understanding of
  • Drive opportunities to continually create productivity projects and lead the sourcing efforts needed to ensure completion of said tasks. 
  • Identifying & executing second sourcing initiatives down to the sub-tier categories.
  • Run regular category project calls with cross functional team, closely monitoring progress to committed timeline.  Establish and maintain a Corporate Electronics Council.   
  • Manage commodity’s KPI metrics, report and track the progress towards the annual team goals to ensure goals are met or exceeded. 
  • Support a continuous improvement environment with a track record of achieving significant productivity improvement (Quality, Service Levels, Delivery and Cost) year on year.


Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Minimum of 5-10 years work experience in Corporate Procurement Management with focus in electronics. 
  • Engineering degree or relevant major preferred.
  • At least 5 years of successful project management experience in supply chain, engineering or program management business area in global companies.
  • Demonstrated results in attaining year-over-year price reduction or cost savings in the business area supported. Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement with tangible results.
  • Strong project management and matrix organization collaboration skills are a must. Must be comfortable with and demonstrated success in leading projects in a matrix organization within a decentralized geographic organization.
  • Support a continuous improvement environment with a track record of achieving significant productivity improvement (Quality, Service Levels, Delivery and Cost) year on year.
  • Demonstrated success in change management and in building high performance cross functional global work teams. 
  • Possess a decisive goal oriented and priority focus approach.
  • View teamwork and cross functional partnership as a primary means to achieve objectives. 
  • Ability to analyze spend data and present insights based on the needs of the audience.
  • Demonstrated strategic sourcing skills in a multi-business, multi-location global environment
  • Proven ability to adhere to yet be highly effective using a disciplined sourcing process is highly preferred.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of purchasing tools, processes, and practices.
  • Travel of up to 25% required (in non-pandemic times)


We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please reach out to Niklas Naunheim, Corporate Recruiter at Tel.: +49 1621374371

We are looking forward to your application!

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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