Category Manager

As a category manager at Materialise, you will become part of a newly set-up global and center-led procurement organization that has taken its first steps out of the greenfield zone. As part of the procurement team, you will be given the opportunity to support building a strong future-proof procurement organization in the rapidly changing environment of additive manufacturing (AM). 

What you will do

  • Develop the category strategy and identify opportunities for optimization.
  • Apply the category strategy in line with procurement process flows.
  • Perform data analysis on a local, regional, and global level.
  • Analyze cost drivers and price breakdowns.
  • Understand markets and best practices.
  • Monitor and report results regarding spending reduction measures.
  • Set up/work with the business on RFQs or RFPs.
  • Negotiate and implement contracts and service-level agreements.
  • Research and evaluate suppliers.
  • Optimize the supplier portfolio and manage a network of reliable value-adding suppliers.
  • Ensure standards for quality, delivery, performance, and sustainability.
  • Perform root cause analysis towards re-occurring supply or quality issues and take the lead in initiating corrective actions.
  • Analyze and identify potential risks.
  • Look for standardization.
  • Strive for continuous improvement.
  • Partner with different departments such as legal, quality, production, R&T, and logistics to identify and understand current and future business needs.
  • Take the initiative if you come across room for standardization in procurement processes on a local, regional, and global level.

Your profile

  • Master’s degree or equivalent by experience. 
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a complex buyer position.
  • Experience in an international environment is a plus.
  • Experience leading high-value contract negotiations.
  • Experience working independently and taking ownership.
  • Strong analytical and financial skills: understand what the data is telling you to turn this input into insights.
  • Strong commercial awareness to understand the needs of both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and people skills to deploy in international cross-functional teams.
  • Pro-active mindset, solution minded.
  • Flexible and hands-on mentality.

Location and type of contract

  • Leuven, Belgium
  • Full-time
  • Hybrid
  • Mid-senior level position

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Working at Materialise

Materialise is a dynamic, international high-tech company, founded in 1990 and headquartered in Belgium, with over 2,300 employees worldwide. Materialise’s mission is to innovate for a better and healthier world through its software and hardware infrastructure and in-depth knowledge of additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing). Our customers are in diverse industries, such as automotive, aerospace, medical, research, and academia.

As a growing company, Materialise is always looking for enthusiastic professionals who want to work in an environment full of revolutionary technology and surrounded by people passionate about their work.


Having a healthy work-life balance

When creating a better and healthier world, a good place to start is with yourself. That’s why we encourage our employees to stay fit both physically and mentally by offering sports workshops and flexible hours with the possibility of working remotely.

Personal growth and career opportunities

Materialise invests in people and want to see them grow in a career that fits them best. We offer personal training to every employee, so they can access every available career opportunity.

Team building

It’s also important to enjoy working at Materialise. With initiatives such as memorable team-building activities, lively after-work drinks, and team lunches, we’re building a work environment in which our employees feel good.

Innovation is key

Innovation isn’t an empty word at Materialise. We create and deliver high-tech solutions in additive manufacturing. Innovation and leadership by our employees is both encouraged and rewarded.