Category Manager - CAPEX, MRO & Energy


Zurich, CH, 8005

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role

The Category Manager, CapEx MRO and Energy will have worldwide responsibility for the sourcing activities for assigned Capex, MRO categories and related services and energy. The chosen candidate shall have a senior procurement profile and will lead strategic sourcing initiatives to deliver long range programs for processing equipment, MRO, capital services, energy contracts which support the operational requirements of the regional and/or global operations, as well Tactical Sourcing for CapEx purchases on an ad- hoc basis. Working with global and regional Engineering teams and cooperating with global Project Managers, the candidate will develop sourcing strategies which meet the costs and timelines of identified projects. The role has a global scope supporting 60+ sites.

Key Responsibilities include


  • Develop long range sourcing plans for the CapEx / MRO / Energy categories, demonstrating a hands-on approach to achieve strategic goals.
  • Forge contractual programs with suppliers, focusing on the goal of reducing the total cost of ownership achieved through a long-term oriented supply base
  • Collaborate closely with engineering teams to optimize equipment specifications which maximize processing output
  • Develop sub-category strategies which contribute toward the goals
  • Mentor internal customers on the application of contracted programs
  • Manage medium to complex projects as assigned
  • Implement standardized sourcing processes, create regional/global supply agreements, and provide budgetary support for capital equipment
  • Support multiple facilities within the region with the ongoing CapEx project purchases (RFx, Analysis, Negotiation & Award processes)
  • Evaluate an encompassing program with integrated suppliers of the assigned categories
  • Responsible for commercial terms and conditions
  • Responsible for Energy Sourcing that includes Electricity and Natural Gas and Renewable Energy Certificates for whole Europe and support the same activities for other regions
  • Backfill team lead when required


About you


  • A minimum Bachelor degree in Business or Engineering
  • Similar sourcing experience of minimum 7-10 years with centralized sourcing of technical goods solid experience in Electricity and Natural Gas sourcing activities is desired.
  • A technical knowledge and functional understanding of food processing equipment is a plus.
  • Project Management experience preferably in a multi-plant or international environment is mandatory
  • A proven background in RFI / RFP procedures for capital equipment sourcing and MRO field is mandatory
  • An understanding of capital equipment projects and being able to support initiatives with cost analysis
  • Exhibit strong negotiation skills, a hands-on attitude, and self-motivation.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects across various plants simultaneously with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Prior procurement experience in the food processing, pharmaceutical, or chemical industries is essential
  • English fluent, French language is a plus
  • Travel requirements: 10% of time (required on ad-hoc basis)

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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