Global Category Manager - Logistics

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.

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


  • Establishing strong relationships with internal business stakeholders (BA’s, divisions, and departments); building a strong understanding of strategic business direction, requirements, and priorities across assigned suppliers and/or spend categories. 
  • Developing global sourcing strategies to deliver on our business objectives. 
  • Managing the fundamentals of sourcing and supplier engagement activities including RFx, spend development analysis, contract analysis, bid evaluation, negotiations, and supplier consolidation. 
  • Working with business and product leaders to identify and drive cost improvement, savings, and delivery improvements, focusing on total cost of ownership. 
  • Providing guidance to internal stakeholders on procurement strategies; maintaining procurement ethics in accordance with KONGSBERG GROUP’s global policies. 
  • Preparing and hold business reviews with stakeholders to review vendor performance, future opportunities, and/or challenges.
  • Main responsible for the use of Jaggaer S2P (Source to Pay) for the category, especially within the use of the eProcurement, sourcing, contracts, and supplier management module.
  • Link with the different finance teams to understand and advice on the most efficient invoice handling within the category.
  • Ownership of the Logistics category supplier sustainability requirements and align with the Central Logistics Team regarding reporting from suppliers (ensure that the supplier contracts are updated with sustainability requirements and reporting formats).
  • Market analysis and Insights; understand market dynamics, consumer behaviour, and competitive landscapes.
  • Financial acumen and cost lever understanding. Awareness of key financial metrics, cost structures, and pricing strategies for top category suppliers.
  • Be a strong representative of the Indirect Procurement Team towards all BAs in the Group.
  • Supplier management responsibility for category suppliers.

 Qualifications and experience: 

  • 3-7 years’ experience in the logistics category (Sourcing, procurement, category management. Primarily transportation, warehousing, spares, packaging. Knowledge of customs is beneficial).
  • Higher education, preferably in business, supply chain management or equivalent. Business Administration/Engineering/Commercial/Management Degree.
  • Solid commercial and business mindset.
  • Ability to build and deploy business strategies and work across international boundaries.
  • Strong, proven, negotiation skills and experience in cross-functional teams.
  • Willingness to travel regionally and internationally.
  • Excellent English language capability (both spoken and in writing).
  • Experience within the supply chain process, from planning to shipment.
  • In-depth experience in procurement practices (category management, benchmarking, RFX, reverse auction, contracting, etc.).
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Commercial mindset with preferably knowledge of change management in a complex organization.
  • Experience and/or willingness to learn the best possible efficient use of our Jaggaer S2P tool (Source to Pay).
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel. PBI experience beneficial. 

You are able to: 

  • Build the network of contacts and relationships in all levels of the business and utilizes those to achieve set goals.
  • Adhere to company rules and procedures and execute plans with commitment and determination.
  • Use a methodical and systematic approach, plan, define clear priorities and allocates resources effectively.
  • Demonstrate and develop specialist knowledge and expertise in your category.
  • Communicate in a clear, precise, and structured way.
  • Co-operate well with others, share knowledge, experience, information, and support others in the pursuit of team goals. 
  • Ensure that our supplier portfolio within Logistics is compliant according to directives and requirement from the business.
  • Understand the right level of change management needed for specific projects and/or supplier/service implementations.
  • Understand the geopolitical trends and risks and ensure findings to be included in the category strategy.
  • Work well with key suppliers to track improvement projects and establish an efficient reporting structure to secure savings.
  • Work autonomously and proactively towards our team goals.
  • Contribute and share knowledge within a well-functional team.

What we can offer 

  • Working in an internationally environment with well-established Global position.
  • Be a part of a Global business in significant growth and truly make a difference.
  • Significant exposure to top management in all Business Areas in the Kongsberg Group.
  • Participation in various development trainings.
  • Unique atmosphere in a team sharing expertise.
  • Interesting experience and opportunity for personal development.
  • Unique possibility to shape your activities needed to achieve defined goals.
  • Possibility to make autonomous decisions within your category within defined yearly goals.


Work location
Kraków (Poland), 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.

The position reports to:
Stein Haugstad
Vice President - Indirect Procurement

Phone +47 33 03 41 70
Mobile +47 95 45 32 97


Point of contact
Martyna Papis
Senior HR Advisor 

+48 661 222 765 


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.

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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