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Category Manager Transportation, Logistics and Industrial Equipment

Job ID 13007688 Veröffentlichungsdatum 20/08/2019 Lieu: Irvine, Kalifornien
Location: Irvine, United States of America

In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our achitects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.


We are looking for a Category Manager Transportation, Logistics and Industrial Equipment to join out Thales USA team in Irvine, CA.

The Regional Category Manager is in charge of one or several procurement categories for the entire region in which the operate.  He/she works in close relation with the Product / Project Procurement organizations and the relevant stakeholders. He/she will have regular feed back with them, and their main tasks are as follows:


  • Permanently develop and enrich the regional strategy for the category / commodity (as a part of the category) short mid and long term, based on entities needs
  • Ensure a perfect knowledge and buy-in of the category strategy  of the Product / Project Procurement organization or the relevant stakeholders, and by entities / regions
  • Define and apply the roadmap and related actions supporting the category’s / commodity’s strategic direction
  • Ensure regional needs are met and enforce standardization for procurement categories in close cooperation with B&P and Products Procurement organization if relevant.


  • Monitor the market for their category, including key actors and suppliers, economic evolution, innovations, technology, in order to propose the most up-to-date solutions to businesses
  • Provide business with insights as to how products / projects could be more competitive, based on their monitoring
  • Prepare Make or Buy decision, in collaboration with project / product procurement manager or relevant stakeholders.
  • Performance Management vis-a-vis entities / regions
  • Guarantee the level of performance expected by the entities / regions (monitor performance, communicate on best practices, define SLA...)
  • Propose and implement corrective actions in the case of a shortfall in performance

Supplier Management

  • Organize competitions, assess and select best suppliers for their category / commodity, in close collaboration with entities / regions and with regular feedback loops  Negotiate contracts and own the relationship with the suppliers for their category / commodity
  • Is responsible for the compliance of the purchase contracts with the laws, the Thales regulations and the customers requirements.
  • Monitor and control performance of category's suppliers, based on data provided by Supplier Performance Managers
  • Assess and manage suppliers risks
  • Identify the suppliers who have to be developed and set up the improvement plan with the Supplier Performance Manager 
  • Ensure contract management is properly manage
  • Lead P2 Projects (Greater than $300k spend and Low Risk)
  • Lead P3 Projects (Greater than $300k spend and Medium to High Risk)

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Bachelors Degree or 12 years of Procurement/Purchasing experience
  • 5 years leading P3 sourcing projects greater than $300k spend and High Risk
  • Have a good knowledge of the regional market for their commodity: Transportation, Logistics or Industrial Equipment
  • Proven experience negotiating T&Cs
  • Experience working with Cost Lever methodology
  • Experience leading PVET / sourcing board presentations 

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.

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