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Category Manager, Raw Materials Japan


As a Category Manager, Raw Materials Japan, this position has category management responsibility in CCS Division Sourcing for raw materials and/or components for connectors. The job holder has supplier management responsibility and acts as a single point of contact for strategic sourcing issues for suppliers as well as internal stakeholders such as PM, Engineering, Operation, Plants, QA, Finance and Legal. The job holder works under CCS Metal Category manager and Global Category Management team, and works together with sourcing & purchasing engineers/managers in CCS plants incl. Japan, Korea, Shanghai, Malaysia and Vietnam

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Develop and manage suppliers to meet business requirements and expectations for cost, quality and delivery 
  • Conduct RFQ, lead supplier selection and ensure supplier’s production ramp-up and delivery 
  • Analyze spend with should-cost model and bench marking, and lead price negotiations with suppliers 
  • Work with supplier and internal stakeholders for supply related issues and for supply quality and delivery performance improvement 
  • Plan and execute sourcing initiatives for example engineering change, EOL management, production transfer with suppliers and stakeholders 
  • Assist category manager in creating sourcing strategy and ensure its implementation 
  • Create and maintain contracts and agreements with suppliers 
  • Improve procurement process efficiencies 
  • Monitor supply market, commodity trend, competitors and products to develop expert knowledge

The Experience You Will Bring


  • Category management skills and experiences in global procurement organization 
  • Supplier relationship management experience 
  • Data-driven business mindset with analytical and financial skills 
  • Communication, presentation, collaboration and influencing skills and abilities to lead cross-site & cross-functional discussion 
  • Should-cost modeling, cost analysis and strategic price negotiations with suppliers 
  • Fluent in Japanese and English for business communications 
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Japanese: Native level or upper business level 
  • English: Upper business level

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Electronic connector business, design & production experiences 
  • Direct procurement 
  • Supply chain management, logistics, subcontractor management, quality control and production control 
  • Advanced degree (such as M.Eng., MBA, CPP) a plus 
  • SAP, Ariba skills 

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