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Procurement Category Manager, Logistics - Ocean Freight

Orkla Group

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Procurement Category Manager, Logistics - Ocean Freight
Oslo, NO, 0277

Orkla is a unique consumer goods company with a strong footprint in the Nordics but also continually growing within Europe, India and beyond.

At Orkla we have a strong, global community of highly competent Procurement professionals who deliver value to all Orkla businesses. We are proud of our network of procurement professionals and we are committed to continue to drive and develop this network to make the best use of the great skills and knowledge we have, learning from each other and continually finding the best ways to collaborate.

Orkla Group Procurement (OGP) is the centralized procurement function which handles procurement of categories that have strategic importance across a number of Orkla businesses, where there are synergies in spend. We are in a number of locations in Europe with the majority located in Oslo, Malmo, Stockholm and Denmark. OGP is in a new and exciting phase of defining a revised operating model and securing procurement’s contribution to create value for Orkla. Join us in being part of this exciting journey!

The Role - Category Manager Ocean Freight

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Packaging & Logistics team in Orkla Group Procurement (OGP). The role will be responsible for managing the Ocean Freight category across the whole organisation and reports to the Head of Logistics. The team consists of 10 dedicated professionals working with strategic and sustainable procurement of packaging and logistics services. The team members are located in Malmö, Oslo and Prague, with this specific position being located in Oslo at Orkla’s newly built headquarters in Skøyen.

This Category Manager role is a key and important one within OGP and has the opportunity to work directly with many of Orkla’s strongest brands and beloved products. You will in this role have a direct effect on Orkla’s ability to have a sustainable and cost-efficient supply chain. You will be regarded as the champion of your category and have many contacts and stakeholders, both externally and internally.

Your main responsibility will be to develop and drive the strategies for the Ocean Freight category within Logistics. To support you with this, you will have both the strategic (OGP) and tactical (Business Units) dimensions of Orkla’s procurement community as well as Orkla’s Supply chain organization, where you will find inspiring and helpful colleagues spread over Europe. You will typically work with the contracted provider on freight rates, lane development, market dynamics/effects, closer integration with Orkla companies, developing projects using best practice and maintaining a high level of momentum on the continuous improvement agenda.

This is a unique opportunity to work across the organisation in such a strategic role and to continue the solid development in this category.

What are we looking for?

This role will see the successful applicant working strategically with all business areas in Orkla and harnessing the enormous value in the relationship with third party logistics providers to deliver both cost improvement and efficiency within the Ocean Freight category.

Key requirements:
• 3-5 years experience in strategic procurement and a Masters degree or equivalent
• Ocean Freight/ logistics experience is highly desirable but not essential
• Excellent communication and collaboration skills in an international setting
• Strong negotiation skills
• A good understanding and appreciation of global economic factors affecting the category
• Highly experienced and effective in developing relationships with external stakeholders
• Highly competent in Microsoft Office applications
• To communicate with your colleagues and suppliers we expect you to speak and write English fluently and preferably in addition, that you are fluent in at least one Scandinavian language.

In this role you can expect some travel, with some periods requiring more extensive travel. Travel will be primarily to Orkla’s office in Malmö, to suppliers in Northern Europe, and to Orkla’s plants in the Nordics, Baltic countries and Central/Eastern Europe.

What can Orkla offer you?
Orkla is a unique consumer goods company with a strong footprint in the Nordics but also continually growing within Europe, India and beyond. The ability to work with strong local brands combined with the backdrop of a growing international company, gives our employees the opportunity to really make a difference and see the impact of their work. At Orkla, we think globally but also believe in developing local solutions that cater to the needs of our customers and at the same time, empower our own employees to make a difference.

How to Apply:
Please click on the link and follow the steps to creating a profile in order to apply for this position.

We do not accept applications via email.

For any questions related to this position, please contact Per Lindström, Head of Logistics, +46 702 46 29 00, per.lindstrom@orkla.no

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