Category Buyer VLC

Employment Type:
Full Time
Czech Republic
AB InBev
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About the role:

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Category Buyer VLC


The Category Manager is responsible for implementing strategies for PSS approved categories via strategic sourcing initiatives and optimization projects, as well as tracking and giving guidelines to the

purchases performed by the Spot Buy team for his related category. The role negotiates PO's and implements contracts for specific categories ensuring benefits in service levels, quality, price, etc.


The key accountabilities for this role include but are not restricted to:

Strategic Category Sourcing

- Define & execute category strategy

- Define category risk assessment

- Execute strategic sourcing initiatives with multifunctional teams (SMEs, Global and

- Regional Procurement)

- Manage supplier relationship and develop collaborative initiatives

- Validate and approve analysis of categories and market analysis

- Develop and Maintain its related Category Card

- Manage Contracts

- Identify suppliers me

- Request vendor or material data cleansing

- Propose a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

- Escalate issues to Sourcing and Spot Buy Lead


- The Category Manager is responsible for Strategic Sourcing of his Category in Regional, executing sourcing initiatives with multifunctional teams, including Global and Regional Procurement (Front Office)

- The Category Manager ensures contract management

- Responsible to develop and maintain Category Card's for categories under its responsibility

- Support continuous improvement in the Region. Responsible to identify risks and develop category mitigation plans

About the candidate:



- University Degree or equivalent

- Ideally Green Belt

- Mandatory White Belt or Yellow Belt

Critical skills needed for success in this position

- Strong analytical skills

- Hands-on procurement / category management experience

- Project-management skills

- Basic knowledge of finance and accounting allowing the ability to run/read analysis of a supplier's P&L and balance sheet

- Communicating effectively by conveying information and ideas in English, in a clear, meaningful, and timely manner, providing information to ensure understanding; solicit inputs and provide open candid conversations

- Developing collaborative relationships for the purpose of accomplishing work objectives; developing relationships with other individuals by listening, sharing ideas, and appreciating others' efforts

- Languages: English (and Local when applied) as the working language, other languages are an advantage

- Ability to conceptualize business impact focused analytics

Preferred skills for this position:

- >2 years of relevant procurement working experience

- Experience in FMCG / CPG industry

- Understanding of sourcing and analytics tools such as Ariba, Emptoris, SAP MM/SRM, advanced MS Excel, MS Access, Database tools (SQL etc)

- Basic knowledge on using e-sourcing tools

About the Company

We are AB InBev. Committed to driving growth that leads to better living for more people, in more places. Through brands and experiences that bring people together. Through our dedication to brewing the best beer with the best ingredients. And through our commitment to helping farmers, retailers, entrepreneurs and communities grow. We are building a company to last. Not just for a decade, but for the next 100 years. Through our brands and our investment in communities, we will bring more people together, making our company an integral part of our consumers' lives for generations to come.

Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium; to the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US; and the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. Now, w ith operations in over 50 countries, and our brands sold in over 100, we are truly a world leader, and o ur diverse portfolio of well over 400 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®.

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