Global Category Manager - Energy Products Category

Lead innovation at KONGSBERG . Protechting People and Planet is our path to pioneering solutions.

As a Global Category Manager, your primary goal is to lead and oversee the strategic procurement activities within specific global product or service categories. You will be responsible for developing and executing category strategies that align with the organization’s overall objectives, optimizing supplier relationships, driving cost efficiencies, and ensuring product or service quality. Close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders is required to successfully complete sourcing projects according to KM sourcing process. Energy Products Category currently include both in-house and purchased solutions for energy management, with the main products being switchboard, switchgears, frequency converters etc.

Craft a sustainable supply chain. Protechting People and Planet at every sourcing decision.


  • Category Management:
    • Identify key product or service categories critical to the business and develop comprehensive category strategies across Kongsberg Group.
    • Analyse global market trends, risks, and opportunities within the category to drive strategic sourcing decisions.
    • Implement and update category plans, including goals, timelines, and required resources. Execute sourcing projects in line with requirements set out in our BMS.
    • Identify potential global suppliers within the category, assess their qualifications, and negotiate optimal contract terms.
    • Build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with suppliers to ensure reliable access to high-quality products or services.
    • Proactively seek and promote sustainability in our supply chain.
    • Conduct in-depth cost analysis and evaluate alternative sourcing options to identify cost-saving opportunities within the category.
    • Implement cost-saving initiatives and monitor their effectiveness.
    • Lead complex global procurement projects within the category, coordinating cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
    • Ensure projects are executed within established timelines and budgets. Provide guidance and leadership to a team of sourcing professionals.
    • Foster a culture of continuous improvement and development within the sourcing team.
    • Identify and mitigate risks associated with global category procurement, including supplier dependencies and supply chain disruptions.
    • Develop contingency plans to ensure business continuity.

Qualifications and experience: 

  • Master’s degree in business, supply chain management, or a related field. Advanced degrees are a plus.
  • Proven experience in strategic procurement, category management, and supplier relationship management on a global scale.
  • Minimum of [8] years of experience in strategic sourcing or procurement.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to interpret complex data and trends.
  • Excellent and effective communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to collaborate across departments and cultures.
  • Project management experience and a track record of successful project execution.
  • Familiarity with procurement systems and tools.
  • Good understanding of modern procurement digital tools and methods application of AI tools in procurement is positive.
  • Good MS Excel and MS PowerPoint skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

What we can offer 

  • Working in an international environment/stable company in market leader position
  • Participation in various development trainings
  • Unique atmosphere in a team sharing expertise
  • Attractive salary and benefits
  • Interesting experience and opportunity for personal development
  • Hybrid working scheme

Work location

Preferably Poland (Kraków); Bekkajordet - Horten; Carpus - Kongsberg; Godvik - Bergen, but other KM locations in Europe can be considered for the right candidate.
This position typically involves office-based work but may require travel for supplier visits, conferences, or other relevant events.

Point of contact

Joakim Rønning Hansen
Director Strategic Procurement 

Phone +47 33 02 39 78
Mobile +47 41 33 84 64


Kongsberg Maritime is a technology pioneer, enabling a more sustainable future for our oceans. Our zero-emission integrated technologies advance the maritime industry and solve our customers' toughest problems. With unmatched competence, domain knowledge, innovation, and market reach, we are the trusted maritime partner. Headquartered in Kongsberg, Norway, the company has manufacturing, sales and service facilities in 35 countries. 

Our Automation & Control division develops technology, products, and solutions applicable for maritime vessels, offshore production units, and fisheries & aquaculture. We look at the ocean space as our operating area where we deliver a wide range of products and services. Our deliveries ranges from single products to fully integrated systems and solutions. Automation & Control serve a wide range of market segments. Through our comprehensive portfolio of offerings Automation & Control has been recognized as a world leader in our core markets for the last decades.

KONGSBERG is a leading global technology group. Throughout our proud two-hundred-year history, we have continuously advanced, applying innovative solutions to the needs of our customers, partners, and society at large. We believe diversity is our strength. By fostering an inclusive and diverse culture we nurture and ensure space for different perspectives and ideas. We are determined in our work to mature and improve our ability to utilize our diversity and culture of differences to create positive business results.


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