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  • This position exists to support day-to-day supply stream procurement activities for the assigned category mix. The position will support the implementation of category strategies. Also, it will provide regional input related to supply and demand market dynamics for the development of the category strategy. The position will routinely engage with the associated business units and suppliers to align supplier capabilities with BASF strategic priorities and explore creative and strategic supply solutions for new and existing raw materials.

Main Tasks:

  • Provide input of iBPs’ needs and market knowledge (e.g. supply market structure and dynamics, strategies of suppliers, pricing structures, opportunities and threats) to Global Category Manager
  • Support Global Category Manager on strategy development (e.g. strategic goals, strategic options, implementation plan)
  • Strategy implementation & follow-up: tackle action items, deliver progress report to Global category Manager
  • Prepare and execute RfX within boundaries set by Global Category Manager (goods / services packages, RfX type and approach, iBP requirements, roles for negotiation, list of suppliers, alternatives to negotiated agreement)
  • Handover RfX execution to Shared Service Center (if applicable)
  • Provide input to buying guide
  • Evaluate incoming offers and, if applicable, challenge bonus evaluation of requisitioner
  • Negotiation & contract award: determine optimal negotiation / award alternative, award goods / services package to supplier(s), if RfX result within defined boundaries and targets, otherwise seek approval from Global Category Manager
  • Contract implementation & monitoring: manage contracts and decide on appropriate actions; inform relevant parties (e.g. Share Service Center, iBP) about negotiation results; manage supply issues and/or allocation/force majeure situations
  • Implement appropriate actions for E2E margin management
  • Escalation point for NCM management (with support from Operation Officer)
  • Approve PO / Contract in SAP
  • At request of Global Category Manager, align resource allocation for Local Procurement Representative with Hub Management and provide guidance to Local Procurement Representative in selected cases
  • Provide input to iBPRM Account Manager
  • Execute Supplier Management according to boundaries and action plan defined by Global category Manager, manage relationships with key suppliers, evaluate supplier performance, drive supplier innovation
  • Execute Risk Management approach with appropriate actions
  • Reporting of Result / Performance in ProValue.


  • Education: University degree in chemistry, engineering, marketing, supply chain or related field.  MBA degree is a plus
  • 10 years working experience; Experience in Procurement, Supply Chain, Engineering/Operations and/or Sales and Marketing is highly desirable.
  • Exposure to strategy development is desirable. 
  • Exposure to contracts and negotiations also desirable. 
  • Experience in industrial manufacturing environments is a plus.
  • Experience in leading cross functional and cross BU teams. 
  • Ability to lead and influence others.  Demonstrated problem solving skills with business value creation know how. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required to manage relationships with internal partners as well as suppliers.  Must be team-oriented and capable of working in a multi-task environment with ability to make and implement decisions with limited information. 
  • Proficiency in Market knowledge, strategy development and implementation

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