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Category Manager

Wavin Nederland BV
Hardenberg Medior


The Category Manager is overall responsible for Rubber Components and sub-categories, sourcing and contracting activities for the entire Wavin Europe Group, with the purpose to make the category work efficiently and to make sure all KPI’s are met.

De rol

We are looking for a Category Manager Rubber Components to join the global Components team. Your office is based in Hardenberg (NL), but you will have a hybrid working model (working both from home and Hardenberg and travelling (ca. 20%) is part of the job).

In this role, you will be responsible for the European-wide category sourcing plan and contracting activities for Rubber- and a few linked sub-categories (i.e. manholes and metal fasteners) for the whole Wavin Europe Group. You will deliver the benefits associated with the category for which you are accountable. You will also foster European supplier relationships associated with the sub-categories and work closely with business stakeholders, such as suppliers, functional managers/specialists and the territory Procurement community. You will aim at maintaining close relationships with these stakeholders to manage the innovation and sourcing process with suppliers and to align on long-term development needs. The stakeholder group will act as a virtual team as members are spread over Europe but also activities like a joint supplier visit with stakeholders are part of the job. Your office is based in Hardenberg (NL), but you will have a hybrid working model (working both from home and Hardenberg and travelling (ca. 20%) is part of the job). In this role you will report to the Director Global Procurement Components & MRO. 

  • Manage the components and sub- categories to make the category work efficiently and to make sure all KPI’s are met;
  • Contribute to the Global Category Sourcing Plan, prepare and implement a yearly Category Plan while focusing on the benefits achievement and plans related to all components and sub-categories;
  • Strive for the optimization of working capital, costs and service. Oversee and deliver annual value improvements in the relevant sub-categories;
  • Deliver selection strategies, processes and management of key suppliers;
  • Measure and track performance of spend sub-category and define budgetary impact;
  • Develop and manage relationships with key groups of business stakeholders;
  • Manage the network of Territory representatives for activities or projects related to the specific sub-categories;
  • Respond to fulfilment performance and delivery issues with the team;
  • Coordinate and align the methods with Supply Chain Team to continuously monitor and enhance sub-contract partners and third party vendors in the Components category;
  • Travel to suppliers and between Wavin operating companies is needed for this role.

Jouw profiel

We are looking for a sourcing professional who wants to have a significant impact on the business. You will bring a relevant Bachelor or University degree and business experience, with particular understanding of international procurement. You have related experience to specific category. Preferable you will also bring:

  • Manufacturing inventory management experience in a high-volume environment;
  • Skilled at effective and pro-active communication across all mediums to a wide audience;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and argue persuasively for a course of action, strong influencing skills;
  • Strong problem solving-, analytical- and project management skills;
  • Awareness and understanding of customer service, procurement, manufacturing and finance because the cross-functionally oriented work field;
  • Fluent Dutch, English and preferable German language required (verbally & written).


Wavin is active in the building and construction industry across multiple continents. Wavin is part of Orbia, a community of companies bound together by a shared purpose: to advance life around the world. Wavin is backed up by 65+ years of expertise and works with 10’500+ employees in 37 countries worldwide. Wavin is the largest business group in Orbia. Orbia has commercial activities in 100+ countries, 21’000+ employees and 120 production sites.

At Wavin, we have a ‘calling’ … to service. A purpose. To build healthy, sustainable environments. And where is our help most needed? The very places we live in: our cities. Our cities’ drinking water is leaking away, greenery has been disappearing, streets are flooding after heavy rainfall and its sewer systems are outdated, polluting our groundwater. It’s time to join forces and build long-lasting cities. It’s time for you to join our team!

At Wavin, we engage and collaborate with city leaders, engineers, planners and installers to help make cities future-proof and buildings comfortable and energy-efficient. As a pioneer in sustainable water infrastructure, we focus on creating positive change in the world, guided by our purpose of Building Healthy, Sustainable Environments.

We want to build a team of champions. That’s why Wavin is currently looking for a Category Manager Components EMEA (f/m/x) to join the team at Hardenberg, Wavin Nederland. If you want to make a difference and work for a purpose-led company, please read on.


Do you want to make a difference by building healthy, sustainable environments? As an international company requiring many different professional skills, we understand and celebrate diversity, inclusion and belonging. At Wavin, we encourage all our employees to develop their talent with great innovative programs, and to become the best version of themselves. Together, as a strong team, we grow, and deliver on our purpose every day.  Wavin is the place to be if you truly wish to make an impact. In addition to working with an enthusiastic, professional team in an international environment, we offer a competitive compensation and benefit package.

Meer informatie

Jordy Coerts, (038) 420 3900 or coerts@haed.nl, from HÆD is coordinating the procedure for this vacancy on behalf of Wavin. Apply online at www.haed.nl or by mail.


Meer informatie

Jordy Coerts

Jordy Coerts
+31 (0)6 4630 8161